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South America » Brazil » Amazonas July 5th 2019

Einen lang gehegten Wunsch habe ich mir schließlich in Brasilien erfüllt…. einmal mit dem Schiff den Amazonas entlang und in der Hängematte schlafen… ein Traum :-) Für mich bedeutete es aber erstmal nach Leticia an der kolumbianischen Grenze zu fliegen. Dieser kleine Grenzort am Amazonas besticht nicht unbedingt durch seine Schönheit, ist aber ein wichtiger Ausgangspunkt für viele Amazonas Touren. Gleichzeitig bildet er mit dem brasilianischen Nachbarort Tabatinga den idealen Startpunkt für Schiffstouren auf dem Amazonas Richtung Manaus. Doch zuerst mussten die Reisevorbereitungen getroffen werden. Zuerst einmal mussten die Aus- und Einreiseformalitäten in Kolumbien und Brasilien erledigt werden. Das passiert alles in mehr oder weniger provisorischen Containerbaracken, eher hemdsärmelig… aber die Stempel im Pass sind wichtig ;-) Weiterhin brauchte ich dann eine taugl... read more
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South America » Brazil » Amazonas » Manaus August 4th 2017

Saturday 29 July - Brazil We really wanted to see the Meeting of the Waters and arranged a tour which incorporated this with a city tour of Manaus. Manaus used to populated by wealthy rubber plantation owners and their attractive old houses are a testament to their wealth and opulent lifestyle, now most of the houses have fallen into disrepair, although the facades have protected status.They were mostly imported from Europe and assembled in Manaus. We went inside the beautiful opera house built in 1896, now called the Amazonas Theatre, where we were tempted to book tickets for the evening performance by a Brazilian Band but decided to wait and see what was playing on our return. The Palace of Justice which is now a cultural centre was also quite lovely. We visited the richest rubber ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Amazonas » Manaus August 4th 2017

Friday 28 July - Brazil Today we said goodbye to our travelling companions Ismay and Ginny who would be returning to the UK that evening. Keith and I were collected by Hugo for our transfer to the airport for our Amazon trip. As we were returning to Rio a week later we asked Hugo for his advice, he recommended we use the "screaming girls", the ones shouting "taxi, taxi" in the terminal. On arrival at Manaus airport we took rather an expensive airport taxi to the hotel as we were unable to find the Uber driver. The heat and humidity in Manaus hits you like a hot wet blanket as soon as you go outside. Settled into our hotel, which was almost opposite the lovely opera house we met our guide for a tour the next ... read more

South America » Brazil » Amazonas August 3rd 2017

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South America » Brazil » Amazonas » Manaus July 30th 2017

Manaus is a city of 2 million located in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. There are no roads to Manaus. It's accessible only by plane or boat. There are many Amazon "guides" headquartered there. (Some are even legitimate.) Since last November I had been corresponding with Antonio, a guide I found on the Internet. A typical exchange would consist of me asking ten or so questions and Antonio replying with answers to one or two of them. He sent me a checklist of what to bring—sheet for hammock, rain coat, flashlight, hiking shoes, and mosquito repellant. Any other luggage would have to be left behind in Manaus, he warned. Beyond that, I had little idea of what to expect. I arrived at midnight after a four-hour flight from Rio (Brazil is almost the same size ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Amazonas June 21st 2016

June 19 at 2 pm we boarded the Premium II, a small ship just for our Overseas Adventure Travel group (12) at Manaus. We proceeded east (downstream) to the meeting of the waters where the Rio Negro (clear, acidic, and dark) meets the Solimoes (milky and neutral and carrying a lot of rich sediment) to form the Amazon. The scale of the Amazon is hard to comprehend. The Amazon basin covers an area the size of the continental US, and at its mouth the river is 50 miles across. Here in Manaus, hundreds of miles inland, it is still the widest river I've ever seen, several(?) miles across. Over the course of three days we covered about 30 miles, mostly upstream on the Rio Negro. One great thing about the Rio Negro is that it is ... read more
At the meeting of the brown and black waters
Sunrise beckons
Hoatzins (image by Salvador Sole Sobriano)

South America » Brazil » Amazonas » Manaus April 28th 2016

What a fantastic way to spend four days. For the better part of last week I was living on a large transport boat headed downstream on the Amazon river from Tabatinga to our destination port of Manaus some 1,200 KM away. I met some great people, had some great laughs, and had a very relaxing journey to the middle of the massive country of Brazil. Our boat was named Monteneiro and was one of the nicer ones that I saw in the port. A few sketchy looking boats were also making the journey and were a little cheaper, but once on my vessel I was glad I paid a little more and at a price of 180 Reals or $95 including all meals I felt it was of good value. On Tuesday the day before the ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Amazonas April 3rd 2016

I did not stop in Santarem, advice along the road led to Alter do Chao, the Caribbean of the Amazon. A funny little place where there are sand reefs with with sand in the river, and the locals go out there on boats, about 300 m from the shore to lay on the beach and bask in the rain. Sometimes I’ll plan and check out weather before I go somewhere. Remember being In Cairns in Oz moaning about the incessant downpour when one of the locals asked how I thought that a rain forest got it’s name. No more moaning. Anyway I had a rather nice fish for lunch and just mooched about waiting for time to pass. They have some nice chillies here, the size of a pea and yellow, and hot, not habanero hot ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Amazonas March 25th 2016

Some roads are ok some are good and some are very bad, but basically Brazilian paved roads are ok, some have potholes big enough to swallow your vehicle and you can see oncoming cars and bikes going back and forth on the road trying to miss the worst, some pot holes even have gras growing in them, nature takes back what is not guarded. I've done the famous Ruta 40 in Argie and nasty gravel road and parts of the carretera Austral in Chile and some shitty roads in Europe. But dirt roads in Brazil are the pits so far, and being who I am I don't make plans and prepare. Spur of the moment decisions that's me. Well I had catch me up, the first bit I travelled was about 120 km and took about ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Amazonas » Manaus May 29th 2015

Wednesday 27th May 2015 After a tiring day yesterday, we had an easy one today. We took the motorised canoe downriver, then paddled about in the Igapos for a few hours this morning. As we entered the Igapos, six large colourful Macaws flew out of a tree, squawking indignantly and letting all of the other creatures know that we were there. We didn’t see any monkeys or sloths today, but we saw thousands of heron and other fisher birds, testament to how rich the aquatic life is here. We saw a couple of grey dolphin as well. The dolphins are very beautiful and we managed to get quite a good video of one of them. These river dolphin are unique to the Amazon. The greys are a pale blueish grey with a pale pink belly, whilst ... read more
One of dozens of dolphins
Stunning sunsets every evening
Happy paddling




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