Having lived in the Amazon basin for over 34 years and travelled back and forth many times between the USA and Brazil, I have learned a few tricks, and also plenty of things NOT to do. Over the next few postings I would like to share some with you.
Many consider the Amazon to be a mysterious place with wild hostile indians, anacondas, piranhas, jaguars and exotic insects. And this is true. Others are expecting an Indiana Jones type adventure, and are shocked to find that Manaus is a highly industrialized city of 3 million people, and Belem, at the mouth, is also a highly populated area. Porto Velho, where we have lived for 28 years has grown from under 100,000 to over 400,000 and the projection is for it to reach 500,000 in the next few years as construction is begun on the hydroelectric dam on the Rio Madeira.
In the next post I will talk about some of the things you can do and see in Manaus.