We have been very surprised by what we have learned about Manaus. We had it pictured as a sleepy, little, river village. Not likely! This place has 1,800,000 residents and is a major economic factor in Brazil. This is amazing since it is so isolated. There is only one road out of Manaus and it runs north into Columbia. Everything not produced here must come in by ship and Manaus is 900 plus miles from the Atlantic.
We have a tour this morning to see "The Meeting of the Waters." It meets at 8:50AM so we have time for a quick breakfast before heading out. Leaving the ship we walk a short distance to a boat marked "Amazon Adventure Tours." It is a two-decker like we have seen all along the river. We are greeted by a short man with a friendly smile who will be our guide. He speaks English well and welcomes us aboard.
After something over an hour, we reach "The Meeting of thee Waters" and spend maybe 20 minutes along the demarcation line
With this done, we head back up river for another hour or so. This boat was not very fast running with the current and is even slower running upstream. Across from Manaus and a little downstream from our ship’s dock, we head off into an area called January Lake while passing by a small village across the river from Manuas.
We stop in an open area and raft up for a few minutes
and then back down into the market.
After watching sail away