An Oasis in Amazon : Manaus

Tripoto
11th Feb 2014

Rio Negro, Credits: Eiwe Lingefors

Photo of An Oasis in Amazon : Manaus by Dev Arbikshe

Teatro Amazonas, Credits: Pontanegra

Photo of An Oasis in Amazon : Manaus by Dev Arbikshe

Central portal of Eiffel market

Photo of An Oasis in Amazon : Manaus by Dev Arbikshe

Palácio Provincial Manaus

Photo of An Oasis in Amazon : Manaus by Dev Arbikshe

Rio Negro, Credits: Mariordo

Photo of An Oasis in Amazon : Manaus by Dev Arbikshe

Palacio Rio Negro, Credits: Madison

Photo of An Oasis in Amazon : Manaus by Dev Arbikshe

Standing in the middle of the Amazon tropical rainforest is the Brazilian city of Manaus. On one side is the Negro river and on the other is Solimos river which submerge to form the Amazon river. It is entrance point to the Amazon. It is an isolated city and perhaps that is the reason why it has preserved its flora and fauna along with a huge variety of animal species . 
 

I unwinded in a cheap local hotel in the middle of the down town. It was nothing special but we were happy to have a functioning air conditioner which gave much needed relief in the humid weather. But a word of caution ; do not venture outside alone at night, it's not safe . The next day we were out to explore the city. The city bus system is good but we hired a car instead. Yes, there will be some people who would try to rip you off but if you look around and are willing to bargain, you could get a decent deal . If you choose to travel by bus, all you need to do is ask the people and they would be more than willing to help. There are plenty of places to see in the city such as opera houses, museums,cathedrals, zoological and botanical gardens. Arena Amazonia is a place worth checking out. It is a stadium that would be the centre of attraction as it is the venue of four group matches to be held in Fifa 2014 football world cup. This city is the only host city in the Northern Brazil region. 

Of course, you can go to travel agencies and book day tours but to explore the city like a wanderer has its own charm. I spent a few days in the city exploring the hotspots and not so touristy places but it's entirely a personal choice to travel the way one wants. Taking day trips in between isn't a bad idea , especially the river cruises. I took one too! 
 

It's pretty hot and humid as it is with most of the coastal cities. This is not a city for the faint-hearted. If you embrace what comes your way and do not judge the culture , then it could be a  fun ride. The city will host four initial matches for the Fifa 2014 world cup. The city would be at its best display but to compare it with other fancy cities around the globe would be missing the whole point of exploring this little oasis in the middle of the 1/3rd of the forests on whole planet.

It is basically an opera house in the city . It is a beautiful example of the architecture of 'Belle Époque era '. The style resembles Renaissance influence. Its parts were imported from various countries like Italy, France ,Scotland and more. It has also been featured in many movies. Events are organised related to arts and there is also a museum which showcases the history of the building. A visit is a must if you love art and history. There are plenty of paintings inside the building and it has remained intact since the time it was built. The architecture itself is enough for feasting the eyes.
Photo of Amazon Theatre - Avenida Eduardo Ribeiro, Manaus - Amazonas, Brazil by Dev Arbikshe
It is a bustling market on the shore of Rio Negro. It offers a variety of vegetables , fruits and other products. It is such places that offer a different experience in contrast to the paid travel tours to the hotspot locations.
Photo of Mercado Adolpho Lisboa - Rua dos Barés, Centro, Manaus - Amazonas, Brazil by Dev Arbikshe
Now a cultural Centre , it used to be the official abode of the Governor of the city in the early 1900s. House to a coin museum, fine art gallery and sound-and-image museum it occasionally hosts art exhibitions.
Photo of Palácio Rio Negro, Centro, Manaus - Amazonas, Brazil by Dev Arbikshe
A site for 5 museums, it has a diverse collection paintings , furniture,tapestry and sculptures. Taking pictures is not allowed.
Photo of Palacete Provincial, Centro, Manaus - Amazonas, Brazil by Dev Arbikshe
It was a mansion before being converted into a museum. An excellent collection, which showcases the rich heritage of the Amazonas. is there for the visitors to see .
Photo of Museu Amazônico - Rua Ramos Ferreira, Centro, Manaus - Amazonas, Brazil by Dev Arbikshe
It is a biodiversity hotspot. It is an excellent place for exploring various species of plants, animals and other elements of ecosystem. It even has a library and cultural as well as environmental activities are organized from time to time.
Photo of Parque Municipal do Mindu, Manaus - Amazonas, Brazil by Dev Arbikshe
It is a football stadium in Manaus which will host 4 matches in the 2014 FIFA football world cup. It will be the centre of attraction during the world cup.
Photo of Arena da Amazônia - Avenida Djalma Batista, Manaus, Brazil by Dev Arbikshe
Photo of Arena da Amazônia - Avenida Djalma Batista, Manaus, Brazil by Dev Arbikshe
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