Big city, Huge jungle

As said here, I live in the city of Manaus, which is the capital of the Amazonas State in northern Brazil. Manaus is a very peculiar city because it’s located right in the heart of the world’s largest rainforest.

The whole city is completely surrounded by the jungle, what makes it even a bit difficult to get here if not by airplane. But it certainly worths it!

(A compilation of pictures from Manaus. The river, the theater,  flying view, the bridge over the Negro river and the Stadium)

A compilation of pictures from Manaus: Rivers, the Amazonas Theater, aerial view of the city, the bridge over Negro river and the Arena da Amazônia Stadium

It’s a city of many contrasts. At the same time it has traffic jams, tall buildings and a two million people population, you can eventually see a wild animal around. Like monkeys, iguanas or even some alligators. A perfect union between men and nature.
Despite that, there are not as many large green areas inside the city as people would think. Some of them are:

Park of Mindú: located in the center-south of the city, the Park of Mindú is now one of the biggest and most visited parks of the city. It was created in 1989.
Park of Bilhares: located in the south-central region of Manaus, near some of the main avenues of the city (Djalma Batista Av and Constantino Nery Av).
Area of the green hill of Aleixo: located in the east of the city and is one of the largest urban green areas.
Park Sumaúma: A state park. It’s located in the north of Manaus, tt is the smallest state park of the Amazon.
And the Adolfo Ducke Forest Reserve.

(Beautiful sunset over Negro river. Unlike the others on this particular post, this picture was actually taken by me! ;) )

Beautiful sunset over Negro river. This picture was actually taken by myself! 😉

There are also two very important rivers here, the Solimões and the Negro. Together they originate the famous Amazon River. Unlike many other brazilian rivers, Solimões and Negro are enormous! The beaches formed by them are often compared to sea beaches. A good example is the Ponta Negra Beach, with a very popular nitelife, leisure and fitness areas.

Photo: Internet Archives

The Ponta Negra Beach and Negro river in Manaus

Amazonas Theater is the most important theater in Manaus and certainly one of the most beautiful in the world. It often hosts operas, festivals and plays. Manaus has also a big stadium (Arena da Amazônia) and was one of the host cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Photo by: Renato Ribeiro

Night view of the Amazonas Theater

But if there’s something I don’t like about Manaus is its climate. It’s a tropical monsoon one, meaning its incredibly hot and wet. The average temperature is around 30°C (86°F) and definately not windy. But if weather is not a problem for you (or if you don’t mind staying indoors with air conditioning like me), Manaus is definately a wonderful place to live or visit.

What about you? Have you ever been to Manaus or have plans to come here? Tell me all about it!


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