We are tired of commenting that we, brazilians, don’t know the Amazon rainforest. I decided some time ago to leave this statistic that I was not proud of. After all, I was born so close, however I had never been there before.
No! It doesn’t take great planning or financial investment to travel to the forest, although there are many options for all tastes and profiles of travelers. I would say that a handful of goodwill and luck in finding a flight promotion are already more than enough to reach the northern region of Brazil. And that’s what happened to me.
In January of this year (just when that prison problem occurred on the spot, remember?), I spent six days, divided between Manaus and a jungle hotel in the middle of the Forest, more precisely on the banks of the Juma River. And, yes, I went by myself!
I lived one of the most incredible experiences of my life there and here are some of the reasons why I strongly recommend including Manaus and region in the upcoming travel itineraries:
1) The arrival in the Amazonian capital is one of the most incredible that my eyes have ever seen.
2) Manaus is quite rich in culture and history. This city, for example, was the first capital to have electricity in Brazil. Walking through its streets and squares, it is easy to see the colorful historic buildings embellishing the place.
3) Manaus is full of urban art, especially graffiti. You can easily find murals with reference to the indigenous culture.
4) It is worth it to try the local cuisine. I really liked the “x-caboquinho”, a sandwich stuffed with cheese and tucumã, a fruit of the region very rich in vitamins A, B and C. They say it has 90 times more vitamin A than avocado. 😮
5) You have the possibility to connect with your origins, for example, visiting Indian reservations.
6) It is possible to have unforgetable jungle experiences in a safe and organized way (I will write more about a next post), and without paying much for it.
7) There are several surprises along the way. The Amazon is superlative.
8) In the region, cultural exchange is intense.