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MANAUS  -  BRAZIL


Manaus is located in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon rain forest some 900 miles from where the Amazon River flows into the Atlantic.
 

For those expecting to see only a sea of green of the Amazon rainforest when they fly into Manaus, the sight of a modern city with high-rises and a busy port may come as a surprise.
With more than 1.5 million people it is the jump off point for many Amazon travel programs and the best place from where to visit the Amazon Jungle.
 

T
he city is situated on the north bank of the Rio Negro, 11 miles (18 km) above the Meeting of the Rivers where the Negro merges with the Rio Solimões (Amazon). The city sprawls, but the center of town, the Centro, where most of the hotels and attractions are located, rises above the river on a slight hill. As the largest city and a major port on the river, Manaus is commercial. Local industries include brewing, shipbuilding, soap manufacturing, the production of chemicals, the manufacture of electronics equipment, and petroleum refining of oil brought in by barge. And tourism, of course.
 

A must see in Manaus is the Italian Renaissance Opera House built in the 1890’s with marble and frescoes from Italy, wrought-iron banisters from England, crystal chandeliers and tiles from France. Closed for many years, the theater reopened in 1997 and now hosts international entertainers. The Opera house has a spectacular interior.


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