Northern Brazil

Pacaraima to Manaus (See Map)

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The City of Manaus was a minor outpost until the 19th Century rubber boom. Today it is home to some 2.5 million people.
From the passenger docks, thousands of people are transported downriver to the Brazilian coast and upriver to Peru and Bolivia every day.
The importance of the Amazon River for transportation is apparent from the City's streets with piles of containers dwarfing neighbouring buildings.
Just about every building has a shop at ground level but, as if this weren't enough, during the day the streets become crowded with stands selling pretty much anything.
Whilst the architectural emphasis is on the new, there are still some reminders of Manaus' Colonial past.
Riverside life.
We went to see the opera ‘Norma’ in Manaus’ famous opera house.
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