There is a city of 2 million people in the core of the world’s largest rainforest, the Amazon rainforest.

Yes, you read it right. I’m not kidding. There is this city called Manaus, in the middle of the Amazon rainforest, Brazil. Here’s a picture for your reference:

That water body you see in the picture is the Amazon river. It looks like an ocean because it’s that wide.

Manaus is the capital city of Amazonas state in the northern region of Brazil. The population of Manaus is 2 million people. All of them live in the centre of the Amazon rainforest.

The Amazonian rainforest has a population density half that of Mongolia’s, but the journey there invariably begins in (or passes through) this gritty bustling metropolis.

Here are some facts about Manaus:

  • No road transport is available to other cities. You have to go by plane or by ship.
  • It’s the heart of the Amazonian economy.
  • It’s most famous for ‘Meeting of Waters’. Here it is:
  • The meeting of waters is a natural phenomenon where the waters of Amazon and Rio Negro flow to a certain distance without mixing with each other.
  • Tour boats leave Manaus to see the Meeting of the Waters, where the black waters of the Negro River meet the brown waters of the Solimoes River, flowing side by side without mixing for about 9 km (6 mi).
  • Visitors can also explore river banks and “igarapes”, swim and canoe in placid lakes or simply walk in the lush forest or stay at hotels in the jungle.
  • There’s a drop-dead gorgeous stadium here, called Arena Amazonia, built for 2014 FIFA World Cup.
  • Because of Manaus’ location next to the Amazon rain forest, it attracts a substantial number of Brazilian and foreign tourists, who come to see wildlife on land and in the rivers. It is also home to one of the most endangered primates in Brazil, the Pied tamarin.
  • Here’s an aerial view of the Amazon rainforest near Manaus..
  • The Amazon Theatre is an opera house located in Manaus, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, which is the location of the annual Festival Amazonas de Ópera (Amazonas Opera Festival).
  • The Theater, with 701 seats, was built in Europe and brought by ship to be assembled in Brazil. At the time, the people who went to the theater followed the European fashion and went to the theater wearing suit, bow tie and vest at 40ºC.
  • There are many tourist places, both upriver and down, that are fairly easy to reach from Manaus and offer something closer to the Amazonian adventure you’ve been imagining. Manaus is a perfect base for exploring the Amazon!

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