As the largest city in the Amazon, Manaus makes an obvious starting point for boat tours and multi-day excursions into the Amazon rainforest, but there are also some striking natural attractions within easy reach of the city. Here are a few ideas for day trips from Manaus.
A spiritual catharsis, a natural miracle worker or a dangerous hallucinogenic – whatever you’ve heard about Ayahuasca it’s probably true, but that doesn’t stop the thousands of tourists who seek out shamens in the Amazon to get their hands on the stuff. While a somewhat controversial tourist venture, Ayahuasca rituals in the Amazon actually date back to as early as 500 BC and involve producing a drink – Ayahuasca (also known as yage or caapi) – from a mixture of native plants and vines found in the Amazonian jungles.
Fishing in the Amazon — the world’s largest rainforest and home to the world’s largest river — is an experience many anglers dream about all their lives. Home to some of the world’s largest and hardest-fighting fish, the waters of the Amazon offer not only unparallelled natural beauty, but the chance to test your skills against the region’s challenging species.
As I crouched on the red dirt floor below me, I tried to decide where to focus my attention. Would it be the colorful feathers making up the headdresses of those before me? Would it be the rhythmic sounds of their chanting in a foreign tongue? Would it be the prehistoric bird squawking from the thatch roof above?
The Amazon region of South America boasts the largest rainforest on the planet, with millions of species of plants and animals and a river that contains twenty percent of the world’s fresh water. But this vast basin is not only the mother of a vast array of flora and fauna — it is also the ancestral home of more then one million indigenous Americans.
If you’re going to the Amazon and plan on staying in a lodge, there are a few things you need to know to ensure you have the best experience possible. These are some of the most important things you need to consider when deciding on the Amazon lodge that’s right for you.
Simply put, the main reason to visit Iquitos is to use it as a launch point for trips into the Amazon. Rarely do travelers end up in Iquitos for reasons beside ecotourism, as it is the enormous Amazon river system just beyond the city that hosts the rustic jungle lodges, canopy walks, native villages and exotic wildlife that people from around the world come to see.
Making your way around Manaus using public transport is straightforward enough, but if your be heading outside the city center things become quite confusing and you’re best off taking a taxi. An important landmark for most tourists is the Mercado Municipal, the city’s main marketplace. It is important to know where this market is located because if you’re lost you can always ask directions and find your way from there.
The Amazon Basin is the world’s largest rainforest, covering around 5.5 million square kilometers and sprawling across nine countries. It is an enormously bio-diverse region, with some 10% of the species known to science calculated to be found there.
Manaus is the best place in Brazil from which to launch your journey into the Amazon, though you’ll need to travel at least 50 miles from the city proper to see the sort of virgin rain forest and exotic wildlife the Amazon is famous for. For those seeking to explore Brazil’s Amazon basin from Manaus, here’s a few things you’ll need to know.