Attractions from Amazonas

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Jungle journey (Amazonas)
As a tourist it's difficult to walk around the constituent state capital Manaus without being held up by people who want to sell a journey into the jungle. There are plenty of colourful brochures with pictures of plants and animals, but they seldom keep their promise. Instead you should examine in details what the journey contains. Insist on meeting the guide before you pay. A one-day trip is not enough if you want to see the jungle, you'll spend too much time on transport and won't get far enough for it to get interesting. Four days is a recommended minimum for a journey. It's not cheap to visit the Amazon jungle. There's no guarantee that you'll see wildlife but on one of the longer journeys it's almost certain. A cheaper way to see the jungle is to hire a guide from Associacao dos Canoeiros (Association of canoe guides). These trips are primitive in comparison to those, which the tour companies offer, but a lot of people prefer them because they are more authentic.
River barge trips (Amazonas)
The impassable terrain in the jungle makes the river the most efficient way of transport. The ramshackle barges, which sail the complex network of rivers, is the only way to get to the local population, but to tourists it's an attraction in itself to sprawl in a hammock while the barge happily chugs through the jungle. From the boat you can watch life on the banks while you are close to the locals. Boat trips are usually with food and drink included. The most expensive trips are by tourist boat, while it's far cheaper to board a cargo boat and arrange your hammock. If you walk around the harbour in Manaus, you'll find a boat, which will take you towards Colombia or Peru.
Mindu National Park (Manaus)
The small national park is a piece of rainforest within the city limits of Manaus. The park is home to flowers and animals and it can be explored via an elaborate network of footpaths. The orchid garden, in particular, is really beautiful. Sometimes there is also entertainment in the park's fine amphi-theatre.
The market in Manaus (Manaus)
The giant market with its heavy iron constructions is an incredibly exciting and lively place to stroll while you watch people and the mixed offers. Here you'll find curious fruits and vegetables, equipment for jungle expeditions and strange herbs and spices. It's really a great opportunity to find an original souvenir.
The Opera House (Manaus)
Manaus' big opera house is the symbol of the wealth, which Amazons experienced during the gum rush. It was built in the late 1800 and both the materials and the artists who performed were imported from Europe. The theatre shows signs of ageing, but the flamboyant style is still very impressive. The theatre also houses operas and ballets.

Area and city attractions

• Amazonas
• Pantanal
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