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Mar 22, 2007 - Manaus, Brazil

THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2007. BELEM TO MANAUS, BRAZIL. This morning, Jeff and I awoke early to walk around the nearby fish market. Fishermen were unloading their catch and making sales along the pier. Wholesalers were cleaning and displaying fish and other seafood for sale to restauranteurs in the market adjacent to the pier. As far as I could tell, Jeff and I were the only tourists walking around the wharf and market, the heart and soul of Belem. We checked out of our hotel and walked a couple of blocks to catch a bus to the airport (R$1.35;...

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Feb 7, 2007 - Manaus, Brazil.

We said our goodbyes to Marian and Sally at 4.30AM and made our way to the airport to catch a flight to Manaus. Manaus is a city in the north of Brazil, slap bang in the middle of the Amazon Jungle. Despite the effects of the previous night's caipirinha session kicking in, we fought off the desire to jump in a taxi and instead caught the local bus to the city centre. The buses in Venezuela have this ridiculous turnstile at the back of the bus that you have to have to pass through. Try getting through it with a rucksack on your back and a...

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Jan 18, 2007 - Manaus

Thursday 18 2007 In continued Brazil tradition the taxi to the Sao Paulo airport which the Tourist Office said costs 75 reals cost me 95! Was glad to be served some food on the flight though as I didnt realise it would be quite that long at 4 hours - even if it was yet another ham and cheese sandwich! Clocks went back 2 hours in Manuas. For some reason I was being extra organised and ripped the tags off my bags when I picked them up off the carousel but then found that the tags are checked against your ticket at the exit....so had to go...

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Jun 11, 2006 - Tabatinga-Manaus (BRASIL)

El viernes 9 me subi al barco para ir a Manaus. Mil veces mejor que los barcos en Peru: limpio, tenia comedor, parabolica (para ver "O Mundial"!), banyos y duchas decentes (me banyé todos los dias!), y hasta un bar en el piso de arriba! Fui temprano para agarrar el mejor sitio de hamaca y ver el 1er partido del Mundial. Salió puntualmente a las 3pm (en Peru se demoran siempre de 3 a 24 horas!, o mas!) y empezó la larga travesia de 3 dias y medio. Me hice amigo de los mochileros que iban, todos muy simpaticos, y tambien de un colombiano que...

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May 18, 2006 - Manaus

Well we arrived in Manaus yesterday afternoon and had an interesting bus trip from the airport to the city. A local helped us which was really great. We wandered around the markets then went to our room and passed out _ Trent was tired from all his bartering! Today was a day that I won't easily forget. We began our cruise of the Amazon river at the docks of Manaus on the Rio de Negro (Black River - which incidentally IS black). The docks of the river have many boats which are like the Amazons bus and train system. There are huge tankers and...

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Mar 24, 2006 - Manaus

Manaus... it's a place that I expected to be a small town in the middle of swampy land and the Amazon close by. How wrong was I ? It was a modern city with duty free shopping (i.e. cheaper for Brazil), a fancy theatre, lots of nice cafes and restaurants and Carrefour! People in the north were totally different to others in the north east (Salvador, Recife etc.), more helpful, friendly and the food.... very different due to the city being much more cosmopolitan, there was a rather nice german bakery on Plaza Policia :o) My guidebook was...

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Mar 16, 2006 - Manaus: Amazonia

Manaus, Amazonia, is not the dilapidated Parisian city choked by ceiba trees I imagined in my dreams. It it not quiant, not romantic, not atractive, just like most South American cities. The Teatro Amazonas was nice, but where were the monkeys? Weren't there supposed to be monkeys hanging around throwing dung and eating bananas out of my hands? I hoped this wouldn't be a trip full of such biting disillusionment. Show me the monkeys. I wanted to escape the metropolis right away and began inquiring about river boats leaving to Tabatinga....

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Sam Guevara '05-'06

Jan 28, 2006 - Im Amazonasgebiet

Manaus ist eine 2 Millionenstadt im Tschungel und unsere Basis im Amazonasgebiet. Mit einem richtigen Amazonas-Kutter fuhren wir auf dem einen Einlaeufer des Amazonas hinauf zu einer schwimmenden Lodge. Am ersten Tag gingen wir Piranhas fischen, wobei Simon und ich leider nicht erfolgreich waren. Am Abend fuhren wir mit einem Boot in die stockdunkle Nacht hinaus auf der Suche nach Aligatoren oder Krokodilen. Unser Guide fing fuer uns einen kleinen, acht monatealten Kaiman, den wir uns ansehen und beruehren durften. Am naechsten Tag stiegen...

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¡Vamos!

Jan 19, 2006 - Welcome to the Jungle

Amazonas er jungle. Men hold da fest hvor er det anderledes end at se det paa tv. Lidt historie, til de voksne Manaus er en by skudt op af junglens jord ved hjaelp af gummi industrien. Detsvaerre for byen blev gummitraet, som ioevrigt er et svaert fascinerende trae der simpelthen bloeder latex, stjaalet og exporteret til indonesien, hvilket har medfoert et drastisk stop i byens udvikling, der ellers var igang med at bygge et meget dyrt operahus! Nu tjenes der penge paa fjolser som os der iih og aah saa gerne vil se junglen. Det siges at 90...

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Dec 29, 2005 - Manaus, Brazil

Manaus is a city of about 1.2 million situated halfway into Brazil, just a few miles up the Rio Negro (Black River) which is the largest tributary on the Amazon River. The brochure describes this as an "unlovely" city. Based on what I saw and experienced, I would agree. The first afternoon, we walked on foot from port, through the chaotic hustle bustle of downtown. We found the famous opera house and spent some time on the square admiring the inlaid rock pattern, which we would later learn to be a trademark Brasilian pattern. We spent most...

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Dec 13, 2005 - Manaus, The Amazon, Brazil

Manaus Well the journey took us out of Venezuela, across two border crossings, and across the equator. The both of us and two coach drivers were the only people on the coach; we had it all to ourselves. The drivers kindly stopped at the equator for us to view a statue marking where we were. We took a few photos then drove through equatorial rainforest towards the Amazon witnessing amazing thunder and lightening storms along the way. On our arrival to Manaus we were very shocked to see a city similar in size to Birmingham, but slap bang in...

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Aug 13, 2005 - Brazil - Manaus

Died and gone to heaven...back in Brazil and the city of Manaus - capital of Amazonas state. On a map this place looks very obscure, but its growth came with the rubber boom in the 19th century. Many came here to work as rubber tappers in the Amazon jungles, whilst the plantation owners lorded it up in opulent homes and built the extravagent opera house. In similar fashion we have indulged ourselves in quality food - something that has been rather lacking of late, trading rice, beans and bananas for sushi, roast beef and yummy salads....

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