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Nov 5, 2019 - The meeting of the waters

We had an overnight in Manaus and a full day in port the next day. Roger and I joined an excursion called the meeting of the waters; the point in the river where the Rio Negro and the Amazon meet is a fascinating phenomenon. First we went on a double decker boat up to a canal; we then switched to motorized canoes to journey up a canal to a lake. We rather ungracefully disembarked at a pit stop on stilts; the locals had crafts and a restroom to help us on our way out a shaky boardwalk to see the monkeys. Back in the canoes we headed to the...

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Nov 3, 2019 - Manaus

After a morning of travel on the river, we docked at Manaus. Manaus is a surprise, a city of 2 million 1000 miles up the Amazon. Our guide, who is of East Indian descent, told us that most tourists are surprised; they expect small villages and indigenous people. Manaus is a manufacturing center for motorcycles and electronics; fruits and vegetables are expensive because there is not much farming. His family came to Manaus as part of the immigration to work in the rubber industry. Rubber production had its heyday from the 1800s until 1946....

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Nov 2, 2019 - Dance on the Amazon

Saturday, November 2 found us at Parintins on the Amazon. We went to a folkloric celebration that is celebrated in June, but there is a stage show recreation for tourists. The costumes were amazing, the music pulsating, and the energy level through the roof. It was a good time. We tendered off the ship and tied up next to another much smaller ship for our disembarkation. Tomorrow we continue our trip on the river; Manaus is almost 1000 miles from the ocean. We have a half day cruising on the river, then we are in port. Today we were back...

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Nov 25, 2018 - The last couple of days

The river cruise ended on Friday, and we disembarked at 7:30 that morning. Our guide Joao picked us up at the hotel lobby where we had first met our fellow travelers, and he drove us back to our hotel near downtown Manaus. We spent most of the day relaxing, catching up on news events and emails, and eventually going out for dinner. Vaya Adventures knew of our weird timing – namely getting off the boat early in the day, and not leaving town until late at night, so they took the initiative to make sure we had accommodation during those 14...

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Nov 23, 2018 - "Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon"

November 17 - 23, 2018 On board the Tucano River cruise on the Rio Negro & Amazon River Lois writing (this is pretty long, but we have been gone for almost a week): On Saturday morning we were picked up at our hotel and transported to another one on the shore of the Rio Negro. We met our group in the lobby, and then walked a short distance across the sand to our home for the next 6 nights: the Motor Yacht Tucano. The boat has nine cabins, with a crew of 8 (including two guides Alex and Ed), and we have only ten guests. Our companions for...

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Nov 23, 2018 - Boca de Valeria, Brazil

Our next stop was Boca de Valeria, Brazil. Boca de means “mouth of” and is an entrance of the Valeria River, located on the south bank on a 400ft hill and overlooking the Amazon. It is located between Parintins and Santarem. The "mouth" of the Valeria River, the colorful Caboclo village contains a few wooden houses and an abundance of local wildlife, including monkeys, birds and several varieties of flora. Truly another world, this tiny Indian village is hidden amid jungle lakelands where the screeches of colorful parrots fill the air and...

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Nov 21, 2018 - Manaus, Brazil

Manaus, previously known as Manaós before 1939 and formerly Barra do Rio Negro, is the capital city of the state of Amazonas in the North Region of Brazil. It is situated near the confluence of the Negro and Solimões rivers. With a population of more than 2 million, it is the most populous city of both the Brazilian state of Amazonas and the Amazon rainforest. It is most definitely the largest city we have seen on this trip, but still not accessible by road. Mainly, as with the other river villages, people get here and there by boat. The...

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Nov 20, 2018 - Parintins, Brazil

Parintins is a municipality in the far east of the Amazonas state in Brazil. It is part of a microregion also named Parintins. The population for the entire municipality was 109,150 (2005).The city is located on Tupinambarana island in the Amazon River. Parintins is known for a popular folklore festival held there each June called Boi-Bumbá. Although the festival is in June, they put on a recreation of the dance competition for us tourists and we’re glad they did. Actually, there was very little reason to stop there (for us) without the...

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Nov 16, 2018 - A day in Manaus

Lois writing: We are just a bit south of the Equator, so the days are all 12 hours each of day and night. Today we spent about 6 hours with an excellent local guide named Joao (pronounced "zho-ow). We learned a lot about the history, culture and everyday life of the city of Manaus, which is the only real city this far inland in South America. We are about 1200 miles from the Atlantic coast. There's quite a big manufacturing base here, which is good, since 120 years ago, the only real industry revolved around the harvesting of rubber from...

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Nov 15, 2018 - Iguazu Falls to Manaus Via São Paulo

John writing this time: On Thursday morning we left under sunny skies and had one last look at the falls from our hotel. All of our flights were roughly on time, but LATAM Airlines has the smallest pitch (distance from the backrest of our seats to the back of the seats in front of us) of any airline I have been on. Even without the seat in front of us being reclined, my knees pressed painfully into the back of the seats in front of us, so the flights were not pleasant. This was the third time we had to change planes in Sao Paulo. Nine...

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Oct 22, 2017 - Juma Amazon Lodge

Juma Amazon Lodge has been our venue for the last 3 gorgeous days, spending our time walking in the jungle, boating on the river, bird watching, piranha fishing, canoeing and swimming. The pool was without doubt a highlight of the lodge - a floating wooden dock with the pool in the middle, and below the surface of the water, the sides and base were made of fencing to allow a free flow of river water through the pool, while thankfully keeping anacondas, piranhas and caimans out. And of course it offered great respite from the heat and...

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Oct 18, 2017 - Manaus

Finally, after about a day and a half of travel, we were able to start enjoying our adventure. The afternoon was spent on a beach next to the Rio Negro (Black River), one of the 2 major rivers forming the Rio Amazonas. We all spent ages swimming and playing in the crazy dark brown, almost black water, which was probably about 30 degrees, and sipping a couple of cervezas in the sun. Manaus was busy and bustling, with loads of hawkers and street sellers. The town is very rundown, and was a real eye opener for Hanna & Tristan Looking forward...

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