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Manaus Travel Guide

The city of Manaus

The city is pleasant and friendly, although quite hot, and is still a major port, and a good base for river tours.Unfortunately there’s not much left of the fortress built in 1669 where the city originated, but there are lots of other interesting sights. You cannot miss the Jesuit church, dominating the city center, but you should also see the harbour installations, completed in 1902. Another interesting industrial sight, finished in the same year, is the Mercado Adolfo Lisboa, a miniature copy of the demolished Halles de Paris, built by Gustav Eiffel. From Manaus you can start programs to the four main points of the Amazon area. In the south Mamori, Juma e Janauacá. In the extreme north Presidente Figueiredo. In the east the national park Jaú and Rio Negro. In the west Rio Urubu, represented by a vegetation bulk, being composed for dense tropical forest or open forests.

You can expect to see some wildlife and visit some of the forest remnants, but two weeks or more are needed to reach untouched areas. Small two-story river boats carry five to ten people, sleeping in hammocks on the lower deck. Local residents use these but they are not recommended for tourists. Tour boats carrying from 15 to 30 people are comfortable, accommodating, and economical. Large boats carrying hundreds ply the river too, but the big boats don't stop between ports.

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