Sunday, December 6, 2009

Manaus, Brasil

Our first destination was for two nights in Manaus, the capitol of Amazonas State.
I expected to find a smaller jungle town, but instead we entered into a large city with about 1.7 million people. The houses were beautiful while the modern apartment buildings and lively atmosphere were surrounding us wherever we went.

Our hotel
was situated on the edge of the Negro river. It gave us beautiful sunsets, as almost every evening did on our trip.

We took a city tour to the beautiful Amazonas Opera house.

This theatre was built during the city's rubber boom in the late 1800's. According to our lively guide, Gilberto (who is the owner of the Otter, our house boat for the week), this was a modern beautiful building built in a time when barely 20,000 people lived in Manaus.

It's wood floors were sent to Portugal to be hand carved, where they cut each piece, brought it back to Manaus, and recreated the floor. There are Venetian glass chandeliers
and the best tapestries are on it's walls.

Today, there are many modern companies, including American Ballet Theatre, performing there. Many performances of local origins are free to the public! What a way to bring art into the community.

The next stop was to the Natural Science Museum. It was interesting place that gave us the precursor to what we would see on the Rio Negro! There were interesting stuffed creatures:
fish of all sorts including piranha, bugs and insects, so big that most of us actually hoped we wouldn't see, and then some live fish, including the pirarucu, a very large Amazon fish!
It was a great trip to see some of the city of Manaus.


mythopolis said...

Giant bugs! Yikes!!!

BLOGitse said...

beautiful looking place!
performances free to the public - that is great! Art should be for everybody.
Beautiful pictures...

Stephanie said...

How beautiful! SO different from what Im accustomed to seeing! I would love to go and see the opera house!

lailani said...

You visit the coolest places! Thank you for sharing your adventures with us!

Betty said...

Thanks for sharing your adventures! Love seeing the places you´ve been!

FancyHorse said...

Thank you for that tour. I'd never heard of that city, and to think it's so large and beautiful! How wonderful that the performances at the Opera House are free to the people!

PJ said...

Terrific serendipity -- expect a village and find a developed city. Love the architecture! Thanks for the photos!