Manaus and (not) the Amazon jungle
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Manaus is the "real" start of the Amazon, where its two major tributaries meet up and form one huge river. Most travellers come here to "do" the Amazon, and that´s why we were here. We arrived and were about to book a trip when Linds came down with a touch of the old favourite, Brazil bowels. We trooped off to the city hospital the next morning and after some fairly ridiculous charades, managed to explain to the Portuguese speaking doctor what the problem was. Linds was whisked off for blood tests, a saline drip and also told to "shi shi" in a bottle. After picking up the prescribed drugs, we returned to the hostel to relax for a few days and get over it. So we missed the classic Amazon 4 day tour which normally includes piranha fishing, anaconda and dolphin spotting etc.
We did manage to go and see the "meeting of the waters" whilst we were in Manuas. The two tributaries carry water that are totally different colours - one is an opaque milky coffee colour and the other being "black" - looks like black tea. Becaise of differences in density and salinity the two tributaries run parrellel for about 2 km and don´t mix, something amazing to see - it looks like someone has coloured in the river with two different crayons!
Eventually we left Manaus and took a 2 hour flight into Belem to catch a monster 38 hour bus ride to Salvador. All this to travel about half way across and about a tenth of the way down Brazil... its a BIG country!