Amazonas Beyond Manaus!

Amazonas Beyond Manaus!

That our country is full of breathtaking natural landscapes everyone knows, and it is clear that when we think about nature and Brazil, it is impossible not to think about the Amazon. In 2016, Paulo and I realized the dream of knowing a little piece of this paradise, remember? It was an amazing and surprising trip, especially in terms of cuisine. Typical foods, such as tucumã and genipapo – two very sour fruits – may have seemed strange at first, but I confess that I already miss them!

Amazonas Beyond Manaus!

Photo: Paulo Cuenca

As this was our first trip to the state of Amazonas, we ended up staying in Manaus for a long time, after all, there is no shortage of incredible programs in the region. However, in addition to what you’ve seen in the vlogs, I thought of preparing some tips on activities and places that need to be visited outside the capital.
It is worth remembering that, before anything, it is important to carry some basic items in the suitcase so that your trip is more peaceful and worry free. Raincoat, sunscreen, repellent and long-sleeved blouses to protect against bites, a sturdy shoe suitable for hiking, waterproof backpack … Aaah, and don’t forget to keep your vaccines up to date, huh!

Amazonas Beyond Manaus!

Photo: Paulo Cuenca

But let’s get down to business? Ecological tourism has grown a lot in the Amazon and you must already imagine why, right? It is precisely this category that sustains and enables the development of many regions there, as Presidente Figueiredo. In fact, I can start by talking about this area outside the capital. The place is practically a hidden paradise that boasts around 160 waterfalls – among the most popular are the Urubui, Santuário and Iracema waterfalls – some 9 caves and caves.
It is the ideal place to practice rafting, cross buoy, zip line, among other sports. You can also go on a very nice boat expedition, where you can see sanctuaries of parrots, monkeys and many other animals.
Ah, another very fun thing you can do in Presidente Figueiredo is that innocent game of climbing the tree – I’m very nostalgic, haha! Seriously, this can be an incredible experience, considering the beautiful scenery. Imagine the feeling of climbing a 35 meters tall tree and having a privileged view of the largest tropical forest in the world !! There are some specific trees for this practice, such as Samaúma, Amapazeiro, Angelim and Macucu. I don’t even need to say it so I don’t forget to always have a professional accompanying this type of activity, right?

Amazonas Beyond Manaus!

Photo: Paulo Cuenca

A little further, but still in that same watercourse, it has the Anavilhanas National Park, in Novo Airão. There, in addition to the common land trail, there is also the Igapó water park, which offers options for boat trips through the flooded forests. Still in that municipality, it also has the Jaú National Park, one of the largest forest reserves in the country and in the world! There you can also meet the famous pink dolphins, but always remember to look for companies and places that are more supervised to avoid the dolphins’ stress, see? For those who want to know more about this controversy of dolphins, watch this vlog.

Amazonas Beyond Manaus!

Photo: Chico Mendes Institute for the Conservation of Brazilian Biodiversity

Here is a super important observation about the trip planning: Paulo and I went to the Amazon in November, in a drier and hotter period. Research a lot about the best time to make the trip, always based on the attractions and destinations you want to know. This moment of preparing the trip is very important! That said, we continue with our to-do list and cool places to visit…
If you happen to choose the month of July to visit the region, it is worth mentioning Parintins, the second most populous municipality in Amazonas. At this time, there are the festivals of the Folkloric Festival, one of the biggest popular culture events in Brazil, lasting about 3 days, which attracts people from all over the country.
As for gastronomy, here are some tips that are independent of the chosen time of year; you have to taste some of these delicacies, seriously! For non-vegetarians it is clear that fish would not be left out, right? There is no shortage of options, such as tambaqui, tucunaré, pirarucu, jaraqui, pacu and matrinchã. And, just throw them in the pan to get a typical dish: fish stew, accompanied by mush. The pirão is made with fish stock mixed with manioc flour. Oh, and you can also do baião de dois; this dish has a squeegee all over Brazil, but there’s nothing like eating at the place where the recipe was born, isn’t it?

Amazonas Beyond Manaus!

Photo: Danielle Noce

After strolling and eating a lot, I think it’s just a few good hours of rest. Another key tip is in relation to the hotel you are staying at. As the walks are usually long and often far away, always look for a place to stay that is easily accessible – without forgetting the comfort, of course! There’s a nice and different one that I think you’ll like: The Pousada Flutuante Uacari. In addition to having the experience of the houseboat itself, it is in the middle of the forest, in the Mamiruiá Sustainable Development Reserve – it facilitates that typical walk to know the local fauna. The place is beautiful!
Phew, these are just a few of the tips of what we did (or would like to have done) there! Do you have more incredible indications in the region? Be sure to share it here in the comments – who knows, we won’t be back to record more? 😉

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