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Apr 9, 2014 - April 9, 2014 – Parintins, Brazil

April 9, 2014 – Parintins, Brazil When we left Manaus, we started down the Amazon. It will take us 3 days to reach the ocean with stops at Parintins and Santarem and another day “at river” before reaching the ocean about 8 p.m. on Friday evening. Today we were at Parintins. The day started off a bit differently in that the tender boats could not tie up to the dock. Instead, we tied up to a boat which was tied up to the dock. We exited and entered the tender by crossing the deck on the other boat. Most unusual tendering I’ve encountered so...

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Apr 8, 2014 - April 8, 2014 – Manaus, Brazil

April 8, 2014 – Manaus, Brazil Manaus is located on the north bank of the Rio Negro. It is 11 miles above the “meeting of the rivers” where the Negro merges with the Rio Solimoes. It is 900 miles inland from the Atlantic. It is the heart of Amazonia and the cultural center of the upper Amazon region and is an important river port with floating docks that can accommodate ocean going vessels including cruise ships. It is surrounded by jungle and is the only major city in a 600 mile radius. Founded in 1669, it grew slowly until the late 19th...

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Apr 6, 2014 - Manaus, Brazil

Tuesday 1st April 2014 Manaus, Brazil We arrived on the ferry into the port of Manaus during the night around 1:00am and we slept on the ferry until morning. We then packed our bags and waited on the dock for our transfers to the hotel only about 10 minutes away. We were transported in 4 or 5 VW Kombi van taxis with all of our luggage. The hotel was in the centre of the city diagonally across from the world famous Manaus Opera House (Teatro Amazonas) that was built in the 1890’s at the height of the Brazilian rubber boom. It is very ornate...

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Apr 1, 2014 - Belem to Manaus on the Amazon River Ferry

Thursday 27th March 2014 Amazon River Ferry, Brazil – Day 1, Night 2 Awoke around 7:00am, by which time we had travelled round into the Amazon River and were heading west. Had quite a nice breakfast on board the ferry and the spent the day sitting, reading, taking photos, chatting and generally watching the world go by. There are a number of settlements and small towns en route and we stopped at one today to drop off and pick up passengers. People in boats tied up to the ferry while we were travelling along and came aboard to sell...

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Mar 5, 2014 - The Amazon

Sunday 23 February Day 52 - Sea Day on the way to Belem, Brazil We had a gentler day today. I think we're both tired with the late shows and early mornings. When we get home, we'll need a rest! John continues to walk his mile around the deck while I swim. Being a sea day the water in the pool was like a wave machine but it certainly gives you a good work out! John did his Pilates and that certainly helps his back. The HAL Chorale goes from strength to strength and I'm really enjoying it. The musical Director Robyn Lanier (look her up...

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Mar 5, 2013 - Parintins, Brazil

This is our last stop in Brazil. We have one other left in South America before we return to the Caribbean. That is a short stop at Devil’s Island, French Guiana. Today’s stop is also a short one – just the morning, but we are promised a terrific local folkloric show. Parintins is a medium sized town as Amazon towns go. The population is about 100,000. Many of those who consider themselves as from Parintins actually live in the surrounding countryside (read: jungle). There is really nothing much here (unless you are a “Survivor” buff and...

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Mar 4, 2013 - Manaus, Brazil

Saturday we docked in Manaus, a city of about two million people located almost 1000 miles from the Atlantic Ocean on the Rio Negro, not on the Amazon. The Rio Negro enters the Amazon about 15 miles south of Manaus – more on that later. Manaus is not the best city in the world or in South America to be traipsing around in by oneself, or even in small groups we are told. We have chosen one of the ship’s tours again in the belief that we will see more and feel better about it than trying to go off on our own and brazening it out. Before we...

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Feb 25, 2013 - Manaus

Manaus is a surprisingly cosmopolitan city right next to the rainforest. People come here from around the world to venture into the surrounding jungle. One of the favorite sights is the “Meeting of the waters” where the inky waters of the Negro River meet the brown waters of the Amazon. It’s quite something to see and they flow side by side but do not mix. The other major attraction and strange sight to see here, 900 miles up the Amazon, is the Teatro Amazonas. It is a beautiful theatre that took over 15 years to build with materials...

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Amazon Cruise 2013

Oct 29, 2012 - Manaus

Après 2 jours de bateau depuis Santarem, nous voici arrivés à Manaus. Cette fois, le bateau était beaucoup plus petit, il n'y avait plus le choix de prendre l'air conditionné ou non. Mais, avec le mouvement du bateau, il ne faisait pas trop chaud et les deux jours sont très vite passés. Manaus est une ville impressionnante de presque 2 mio d'habitants au milieu de l'Amazonie et proche de la confluence des 2 fleuves : le Rio Negro et le Rio Amazonas. L'eau du Rio Negro est noire et celle de l'Amzonas est blanche, les couleurs ne se mélangent...

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Nov 6, 2011 - Manaus and The Amazon

Hi All, Last Sunday night I arrived in Manaus, Brazil - the largest city in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. From walking around the city you don´t get a feel for the fact you are in the rainforest, aside from the tropical weather. I stayed in the city for 2 days, visiting a local port and opera house and a couple of nice parks. One of which has a nice little cafe serving acai juice. Acai is an Amazonian berry which has a gritty texture when made into a juice. In my opinion it tastes a little like blackberries, however is meant to be...

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Aug 5, 2011 - Manaus, hopefully not for long.

Well, here we are still and it seems we have exhausted all it has to offer (or at least that we can be bothered to achieve). A slight error was made on the boats behalf, it was meant to be delayed and take about 2 days longer. It seems they have been overly efficient and we have arrived 2 weeks earlier than what we had hoped. We have been trying to get to a place in the northern part of Manaus call the Museo de Cience, but no one has heard of it nor the street name of where it is. We found some instructions and tried to follow them but the...

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Aug 1, 2011 - Amazon Journey Part 2

Sorry for no photos, we missed several opportunities and there much to see in the middle of the river. There are a couple of vids, but there is a 5 a month limit, will try and add them in 3/4 weeks time. Anyway, we struggled a little more in Tabatinga to get our boat (being bigger and hotter) but once found we were again set. The Brazilian police thought otherwise. This was the first time we actually had our bags completely searched and not just us, but everyone. Everyones bags were taken completely apart, which for us back packers...

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