Feel the jungle-vibe, baby.
Manaus Travel Blog› entry 8 of 34 › view all entries
August 6th, 2008 – by: vanaver
On the 6th of August I arrived in Manaus, which is a city in the middle of the rainforest along the shores of the Amazon river.
In the mid 19th century, the city used to be very important as the first rubber production center in the world. Nowadays it has 2 million citizens, living in concrete buildings and here and there you can find a sweet spot that reminds you of the wealth of the colonial town.
Anyway, being so close to the rainforest, I could't just leave without doing a jungle tour, could I?
Together with some people I met in a very cool youth hostel (Hostel Manaus) we took a 4 day tour in one of the branches of the Amazon river. We did piranha-fishing (and dito eating), aligator spotting, and while doing so, we picked up a sloth that was trying to swim across the river.
So we spent 2 nights deep into the forest and I must say that it was a truly impressive experience: for the first time in my life I felt that I was not at the top of the foodchain. This was really the territory of animals that can actually kill you. A bite of a tarantula is fatal, so is the bite of some snakes. Not to mention the ease with which you can get lost or the constant thirst you have in the unbearable humid heath.
Later on I spent some more days in Manaus, strolling around in cosy streets and visiting the Theatro Amazonas. This is a colonial opera-building made from very expensive craftswork, coming from Europe. Given the location and the climate, this once must have been a mythical place.
Tomorrow I move to Belem. By plane. The boat that goes down the river takes 5 days and seems to be pretty boring.
CU in Belem.
Frediaan, de Amazonas-Indiaan.
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