Manaus, Brazil – the City

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” Oliver Wendell Holmes

Welcome to Manaus

Manaus is the most populous city in the Amazon basin and 1000 miles up the Amazon River from the Atlantic.

Small ship repair facilities along the river.

Amazing Amazon, we didn’t think we’d actually see such a difference of color at the “Meeting of the Waters”. The water doesn’t mix for 4-5 miles down stream due to the different temperatures, PH balance and speed.

Again 13 yr old photos. City market street side. Local fish mongers, dried fish rolls (like fish jerky), fruits and veggies plus much more.

Tasty fish from a street vendor. John likes his street food.
Cappybara at the hotel mini zoo. A real Amazonian rodent. 2006

What do you call two monkeys that share an Amazon account?

Prime mates.

The Teatro Amazonas,  Amazon Theater has a dome covered with 36,000 decorated ceramic tiles painted in the colors of the national flag of Brazil, and a bejeweled interior with gold, crystal and Italian marble and a beautiful facade.  It was chosen by Vogue magazine as one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world.  More than 120 years old, it represents the city’s heyday during the rubber boom. 

Along with the Palacio Rio Negro, built by an eccentric rubber baron, and a number of other European-style buildings, the city has earned the reputation as the “Paris of the Amazon”.