Manaus Travel Blog

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Our bus was a bit delayed and at some point in the early morning became really full with people standing everywhere in the isles. This was only for a short stretch though and we had had reserved seats from the beginning and could carry on sleeping quite happily. We arrived at the bus terminal at about 11am, about 2 hours late and got a bit of a shock when the taxi quoted us R$25 (reals) to take us to the center of town but after clearing up some misconception of mine about how close to the center we were and haggling this price down to R$20 we were on our way. We found a room with aircon at the first hotel they took us to which we had picked out in the Lonely Planet anyway and were happy to settle for this, relax for a bit and then look around the town.

Manaus is extremely hot and humid with temperatures probably above 30 celsius for most of the day and near 100% humidity. After getting some money we went to look for the vegetarian restaurant Filosoficus that Nicole had picked out in the lonely planet. After walking past it twice we eventually managed to find it and had a very nice lunch there. Interestingly most food in Brazil seems to be sold by the kilo and this place was no exception; this means you dish up your food from a buffet and then take it to be weighed and receive a paper with the price. Afterwards we walked around some more and found the harbour without difficulty to find out about the boats to Tabatinga and Peru. We are in luck as there are two boats on Wednesday which is perfect for us as it leaves us Tuesday to explore more of Manaus and then we are quite happy to move on.
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