Manaus, Brazil - Amazon River Cruise Ship Port of Call

Aerial View of Manaus, Amazonas, Amazon River

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Manaus is a Brazilian city of over 1.5 million people that sits at the junction of the Rio Negro and Solimoes Rivers. These two rivers meet in Manaus and join together to form the Amazon River.

While in Manaus, we did a  jungle nature trek shore excursion, went hunting (with a flashlight and a small boat) for caymans in the evening, and toured the city the next day before we went to the airport for the flight home.

Manaus is a fascinating city, and rubber made it the richest city in South America during the late 1800s. Rubber also helped Manaus earn its nickname, the "Paris of the Tropics". Many wealthy European families settled in Manaus and brought their love of sophisticated European art, architecture, and culture with them.

Today Manaus is the largest city on the Amazon, and its population has exploded the last few decades. Today Manaus is also a duty free zone, which has encouraged needed development in this city of rich and poor. Let's take a tour of the city of Manaus, Brazil.

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Manaus Riverboats

Manaus Riverboats
Manaus Picture (c) Linda Garrison

Manaus is the largest port on the Amazon, and most travelers arrive on a riverboat.

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Manaus Brazil - Busy Floating Pier in Manaus

Manaus Brazil - Busy Floating Pier in Manaus
Manaus Picture (c) Linda Garrison

Manaus sits on the Rio Negro, and its large floating dock is a beehive of activity. We enjoyed sitting on our balcony and watching the action.

Since the Rio Negro is one of the "black", acidic rivers of the Amazon basin, mosquitoes are not as prevalent as on the "white", muddy rivers. We enjoyed outdoor activities such as hiking and cayman watching without feeling like we were constantly being attacked by the pesky creatures.

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Orange Truck Loaded and Off to the Market!

Orange Truck Loaded and Off to Market - Manaus Floating Pier Scene in Brazil
Manaus Picture (c) Linda Garrison

After the truck seen in the previous photo was loaded, it was off to the market. These young men had an interesting vantage point for their trip into Manaus.

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Downtown View of Manaus, Brazil - Amazon Cruise Port of Call

Downtown View of Manaus, Brazil - Amazon Cruise Port of Call
Manaus Picture (c) Linda Garrison

What a great view we had of downtown Manaus from our balcony cabin on the Seven Seas Mariner! The gold dome in the distance is the top of Manaus' most famous structure--the Opera House.

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Entertainers on the Floating Pier in Manaus Brazil

Entertainers on the Floating Pier in Manaus Brazil - Amazon River Cruise Ship Port of Call
Manaus Picture (c) Linda Garrison

The Seven Seas Mariner passengers were greeted by this young group of entertainers as we disembarked in Manaus.

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Manaus, Brazil - View of Teatro Amazonas Opera House

Manaus, Brazil - View of Teatro Amazonas Opera House
Manaus Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Manaus Opera House - Teatros Amazonas

Manaus Opera House - Teatros Amazonas
Manaus Picture (c) Linda Garrison

The famous Manaus Opera House, Teatros Amazonas, is filled with imported artwork such as this Venetian chandelier.

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Manaus Opera House - Teatros Amazonas

Manaus Opera House - Teatros Amazonas
Manaus Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Manaus Opera House - Teatros Amazonas

Manaus Opera House - Teatros Amazonas
Manaus Picture (c) Linda Garrison

When you step inside the Manaus Opera House, you could easily have stepped into a marvelous European theater.

Most of the interior materials used in the Manaus Opera House came from Europe, and European artisans constructed the interiors of this magnificent building and shipped the parts to Brazil. The cast iron railings came from Scotland and the marble and glass from Italy. Although the wood came from the Amazon rain forest, some of it was shipped to Europe to be carved.

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Manaus Opera House - Teatros Amazonas

Manaus Opera House - Teatros Amazonas
Manaus Picture (c) Linda Garrison

Does this photo of the ceiling of the Manaus Opera House look familiar? Scroll down below the photo to see what this artwork represents.

The Portuguese artists in Lisbon responsible for designing the Manaus Opera House wanted it to have a traditional neo-classical style. They also wanted the Europeans visiting Teatro Amazonas to have familiar sights from Europe as reminders of "back home". The ceiling of the Opera House is the view you would have if you were under Paris' Eiffel Tower looking up! See the four legs of the Tower? Can't you just imagine the Eiffel Tower soaring up from those legs?

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Manaus Opera House - Teatros Amazonas

Manaus Opera House - Teatros Amazonas
Manaus Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Manaus Opera House - Teatros Amazonas

Manaus Opera House - Teatros Amazonas
Manaus Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Manaus Opera House - Teatros Amazonas

Manaus Opera House - Teatros Amazonas
Manaus Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Manaus Opera House - Teatros Amazonas

Manaus Opera House - Teatros Amazonas
Manaus Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Manaus Opera House - Teatros Amazonas

Manaus Opera House - Teatros Amazonas
Manaus Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Manaus Opera House - Teatros Amazonas

Manaus Opera House - Teatros Amazonas
Manaus Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Church in Downtown Manaus Brazil - Amazon River Cruise Ship Port of Call

Church in Downtown Manaus Brazil - Amazon River Cruise Ship Port of Call
Manaus Opera House - Teatros Amazonas
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Plaza Outside Manaus Opera House

Plaza Outside Manaus Opera House
Manaus Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Close-up View of Plaza Outside the Manaus Opera House

Close-up View of Plaza Outside the Manaus Opera House
Manaus Picture (c) Linda Garrison

The Manaus Opera House Plaza is designed to look like the "Meeting of the Waters" just outside Manaus.

The original stage curtain inside the Manaus Opera House also has the "Meeting of the Waters" pattern. Unfortunately, it was being refurbished when we were in Manaus.

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Exterior View of Manaus Opera House in Manaus, Brazil

Exterior View of Manaus Opera House in Manaus, Brazil
Manaus Picture (c) Linda Garrison

The Manaus Opera House was designed by Portuguese craftsmen in the neo-Classical style.

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Exterior of the Manaus Opera House in Manaus, Brazil

Exterior of the Manaus Opera House in Manaus, Brazil
Manaus Picture (c) Linda Garrison

The Manaus Opera House was opened in 1896. It took European craftsmen over 15 years to complete the marvelous theater.

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Manaus Brazil - Amazon River Cruise Ship Port of Call

Manaus Brazil - Amazon River Cruise Ship Port of Call
Manaus Picture (c) Linda Garrison

Manaus is a city of great contrasts. Although there are many magnificent structures such as the Opera House, nearby are poor slum areas such as this one.

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Indian Museum in Manaus Brazil

Indian Museum in Manaus Brazil
Manaus Picture (c) Linda Garrison

The Museu do Indio (Indian Museum) displays artwork, hunting and fishing equipment, and other artifacts of the Indians of northern Brazil.

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Anaconda in the Zoologico - Manaus, Brazil

Anaconda in the Zoologico - Manaus, Brazil
Manaus Picture (c) Linda Garrison

The Zoologico is operated by the Brazilian Army's jungle survival unit. It has many animals supposedly "rescued" by soldiers training in the rain forest.

Although the campy horror movie "Anaconda" was set in Borneo, it was filmed in Manaus, Brazil. People usually associate anacondas and boa constrictors with the Amazon, and the Zoologico had several of each for visitors to see.

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Harpy Eagle in Manaus Zoologico

Harpy Eagle in Manaus Zoologico
Manaus Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Spotted Jaguar in Manaus Zoologico

Spotted Jaguar in Manaus Zoologico
Manaus Picture (c) Linda Garrison

Leopards and jaguars are often confused. They both have spots, but different patterns. Leopards are also larger and more muscular than jaguars.

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Tapir in Manaus Zoo

Tapir in Manaus Zoo
Manaus Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Monkeys in the Manaus Zoo

Monkeys in the Manaus Zoo
Manaus Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Black Jaguar in Manaus, Brazil Zoo

Black Jaguar in Manaus, Brazil Zoo
Manaus Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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