Manaus, a big city in the jungle

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Manaus, Brazil, is an extraordinary place where contacts with the Amazon rainforest are every day without the buildings, avenues and hotels of all prices losing the resemblance and comforts with those of any city in the world.

That’s not strange because Manaus is a city in the middle of the jungle.

Someone visiting the city for the first time will immediately notice the mixture of concrete, asphalt, cars and people with some animals from the Amazon region. It can be a very remote place with very familiar things for the tourist who resides in the cities.

However, visits to Manaus are recommended for those who love nature. If you travel to the city through the Amazon River, that will be a journey that, on its own, will complete your desire to see the wild world face to face.

Some shallow boats use to make the long journey slowly. From the deck you can see fabulous things, from big and small fish that are visible in the current and whole communities of ants that travel like a raft without a defined destination.

Manaus is an important river port of South America. It is at a distance of 3000 km from the sea, in the heart of the Amazon.

Those that arrive at the locality see highways, commercial complexes and especially large hotels, luxurious or not. Many rubber barons in bonanza  built big houses in Manaus in the 90s. The city enjoys an Opera Theater that has nothing to envy to those of other cities in the world. The city has a cultural and entertainment life suitable for all tastes.

Before 1939 Manaus was called Barra do Rio Negro. Today it is the capital city of the state of Amazonas in the North Region of Brazil.

It is located near the confluence of the Negro and Solimões rivers. With a population of more than 2 million, it is the most populated city in the Brazilian state of Amazonas and the Amazon rainforest. The city was founded in 1669 as the Fort of São José do Rio Negro. It was elevated to a city in 1832.

And yes, Manaus is located in the middle of the Amazon jungle, and access to the city is mainly done by boat or plane. Experts say the isolation helped preserve both the natural environment and the culture of the city.

The culture of Manaus preserves the habits of the Brazilian native tribes. The city is the main access point to visit the fauna and flora of the Brazilian Amazon. Few places in the world offer such a variety of plants, birds, insects and fish.

(The author was correspondent in Brazil for an international press agency for two years)

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