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Life in the jungle.

Posted in 12 March 2014

The World famous 7,000,000 square kilometers area of the Amazon Jungle includes territory belonging to nine nations. The majority of the forest is contained in seven states of Brazil.

This area contains 20% of the worlds sweet water, apart from the enormous variety of plants and animal species, river beaches, waterfalls, savannas, mangroves and swamps.

The entrance to this amazing world is Manaus, capital city of the State of Amazonas. There are many accommodations in the city and the international airport is being remodeled for the World Cup.

The most common way of visiting the forest is crossing the canals of the river by boat and guided walks to watch local animals like monkeys, toucans and crocodiles. Some of these boats are up to 10 day cruises like the Katerre (www.katerre.com).

Staying in the city is the cheapest lodging, but if you have a better budget, there are hotels inside the rainforest. Theyre not luxurious, but they offer an unforgettable experience.

There are fourteen options from the closest to the city of Manaus, like the Tiwa Amazonas Ecoresort, to the most distant ones, for people who want to isolate, like the Pousada Uacari, which is an hour by plane, plus an hour and a half by boat from the city.

One of the most famous and old resorts is the Ariau Towers.

The Aldeia dos Lagos is the first ecotourism community based project that uses its gains to help the preservation of the lakes and the local people.

 

This is a good site to know more about the region:  www.wikitravel.org/en/manaus

In portuguese: www.manausonline.com

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