Amazon Rain Forests
The dark Rio Negro waters meet the light muddy water of the Rio Solimes around 20 kilometres south-east of Manaus, flowing side by side for about six kilometres before combining as the Amazon. This site, known as Encontro das Aguas (meeting of the waters), is reached by boat from Manaus.
Other boat tours take you into the heart of the rain forests, as well as the three rivers’ network of rivers, channels, and lakes. The Anavilhanas Islands, located in the Rio Negro, are an archipelago of lakes, streams, and flooded woods that provide a complete picture of the Amazonian ecology.
On a boat tour here, you can view monkeys, sloths, parrots, toucans, caimans, turtles, and other species. The 688-hectare Janauari Ecological Park, which is also close to Manaus, features a variety of ecosystems that you may explore by boat along its narrow canals.
An entire lake is covered in enormous water lilies that can only be found in the Amazon. While in Manaus, don’t miss the famed Teatro Amazonas, an Italian Renaissance-style opera theatre built to establish Manaus as South America’s cultural capital.