Boat trip from Manaus to Belem
Boat trip from Manaus to Belem Reviews
Manaus to Belem by boat Oct 26, 2013
AMAZON STAR is one of the boats that travel direct route from Manaus to Belem. Direct boats leave Manaus on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but you can always catch every-day boats to Santarem, and connect to Belem from there. Santarem is around the middle of the trip, and good place to chill and visit the jungle.
I was surprised about variety of prices that I encountered for the same boat. First time I asked quote was 150r, than 120r, and on the day of travel hammock space went for 100 reales. What I learned is that no matter how much you pay, you get same stuff, no food, and cramped space for hammock, dirty bathrooms deal. There is another boat leaving the same day, but there was no opportunity to see how it looks or to go onboard and check (which is one of the most important things when traveling by boat).
For a trip taking 4 nights and arriving of 5th day, it is a dirt cheap deal. We left on wednesday around 3pm and arrived on sunday morning around 7am. Food is made and it costs 4 - 8 - 8 relas (breakfast, lunch, dinner) with free coffee in the morning and unlimited supply of clean cold water.
Space on the boat is most important, and if you don’t protect area around your hammock, you’ll get people sleeping on the top of your head and with feet in your face. Always be in your hammock when new people arrive to the boat, so that they cant take advantage of no one around. Your personal stuff is more less safe, but be smart and take your valuables and documents with you at all times.
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