Manaus: Perfect Combination of City Living and Outdoor Adventure

Located on the Rio Negro River on the northern branch of the Amazon, Manaus is a city with beautifully designed buildings and smatterings of trees lining the streets. The weather is hot, the residents are friendly, atmosphere is relaxed, and the food offers a true taste of Brazil. Manaus is the perfect Brazilian city to visit if you want something a little in between – a little bit of city life and a little bit of rainforest. A perfect combination.

Manaus is easily reached by plane from Sao Paolo and Rio de Jainero, and is also a major stopping point for boats traveling the Amazon River. Its presence on the Amazon River also makes it a departure point for tours on the river. Its position along the river also makes its port one of the most active and important ports in Brazil. If you travel a bit further down the river you can see something unique – the “Meeting of the Waters”, which is where the Rio Negro and the Rio Solimoes rivers meet together.

While in the city, there are a number of attractions and local delights to experience. The Teatro Amazonas, which is a copy of the Grand Opera de Paris, is the home of the annual Festival Amazonas de Opera and the Amazonas. There’s also the Palacio Rio Negro, which is a must-see arts center in the heart of Manaus. Interestingly, the city founders actually designed Manaus to be the tropical version of Paris, and you’ll notice touches here and there that really represent this concept.

Outside of the city is where you can experience some true Brazilian outdoor adventure. For starters, taking a visit to Ponta Negra Beach is always a good choice as this is a clean and popular beach that lies west of the city and features a choice of bars and restaurants. Paricatuba Waterfall is also a tourist hotspot, located on the Negro River, and can only be reached by boat – but definitely worth the trip.

The National Park of Jau is a sightseeing adventure that should be a definite stop on your Manaus adventure as well. It is one of the largest national parks in Brazil and features a great number of trees and beautiful canopies. If you’re looking for some true rainforest adventure, Manaus is definitely the place as its forest has some of the most beautiful foliage in Brazil and also some of the most intricate canals. There are fewer animals in this are than you will find in other parts of the Brazilian rainforest, but scenery alone makes up for this.

To get a guided tour of the rainforest area of Manaus is really the best way to experience it. There are several companies in the area you can make reservations with, such as Amazon BackPackers tour, the Amazon Juma Tour, or even the Amazon Tree Climbing Tour – which actually gives you the best chance of observing some wildlife close up.

There’s no short selection of great food to consume while in Manaus. Enjoy some savory local Paella, delicious and fresh seafood, and traditional Brazilian dishes like none you’ve ever tasted. Peixaria Morongueta is a highly recommended open air local restaurant that not only features some of the best traditional Brazilian dishes in the area, but also boasts a mesmerizing view of the “meeting of the waters”.

 

 

Pantanal: Adventure Awaits You

For the outdoor enthusiasts, the daring adventurers, and the nature and wildlife lovers – Pantanal is the place. A South American region, based mainly in Brazil, Pantanal is a freshwater wetland that is teeming with beautiful animals and lush landscapes. It’s actually thought to make up about 3 percent of Earths wetlands, and has been rumored to actually be an old inland sea. All this makes it one of Brazil’s most popular tourist attractions, and one of its most exciting!

To reach Pantanal in Brazil, you’ll need to get to the gateway city called Corumba. You can reach Corumba easily by plane, bus, train, or car. Once there, you can then catch a bus to Pantanal. You’re next step is to snag a local tour guide to lead you in to Pantanal. Your best bet is to hire a tracker from one of the trusted local tour companies here. They’ll be able to take you on a safe guided tour and help you truly experience all that this beautiful area has to offer.

Now get ready to see some unique and gorgeous wildlife up close and in person. Yacare Caiman (a type of crocodile), Capybara (giant rodents), otters, Howler Monkeys,  beautiful birds of all types, and even Piranha and Anaconda are just some of the animals you’ll get to experience on your tour. When you’re not staring in amazement at all the above ground animals, take a glimpse into the waters below you – there are actually over 263 known types of fish in Pantanal! Truly amazing. You may even be one of the lucky few to glimpse an undiscovered species for the first time.

Let us not forget the fishing! If you’re a fishing enthusiast, Pantanal is the place to be! Be sure to plan your trip during the months of March through October as this is the season for sport fishing (all catch and release) in the area. Some of the species you may see are: Jau, tiger cat fish, Dourado, Pacu, and Piranha. The fishing trip of a lifetime for any fisherman!  Pantanaltours.com can help you schedule your trip today

Adventure, excitement, breathtaking beauty, and even a splash of mystery – Pantanal is one of the most memorable and unique places you could visit in all of Brazil.