We begin our adventure of the north and the natural wonders of the Amazon when we arrive in the manmade oasis of Manaus, where we are joined by Rebecca Goldstein, Steven Pinker and a UN Representative (to be determined).
Amazonas is Brazil’s largest state - over 1.5 million square kilometers, which correspond to 18% of the Brazilian territory - Amazonas offers the opportunity to penetrate, explore and enjoy one of the most important natural sources in the planet, the Amazon Rain Forest. Through rivers and forest trails, one comes in contact with rare animals and plants, Indian and riparian communities and typical dishes made mainly from river fish. The rich fauna and flora of the region are of great usefulness to the Indians and the caboclos, who use the fish and the fruit to prepare exotic and tasty dishes, as well as natural medication. The tropical rain forest covers just 7% of the Earth’s dry surface, but shelters 60% of its forms of life. Two million species - six out of each ten - have their habitat in the waters and forests of the Amazon region.
Upon arrival we transfer from the airport to board the five star Grand Amazon Riverboat. This luxury ship takes us on a magnificently memorable cruise along both the Negro and Solimoes Rivers, offering all the comfort and services the discerning traveler CFI Explorer demands. After departing Manaus, the Iberostar Grand Amazon makes stops at locations along the Amazon jungle, offering excursions to explore the dense, untouched vegetation. We will have the opportunity to see indigenous plants, trees, animals and even the local river communities, which are made up of extremely friendly and hospitable people. This rainforest experience is ideal for those looking for adventure with all the comfort of a five-star hotel.
Disembarking after 7 wonderful nights on our riverboat, we will tour Manaus, the capital of Amazonas. Manaus is famous for its spectacular Opera House, Teatro Amazonas. Opened in 1896, neo-classic in style, it is the largest in the state,. Teatro Amazonas is located at the San Sebastian square next to the Church of San Sebastian. The church was built in 1888. It still belongs to the Capuchin Monks. Nearby, Mercado Municipal (Municipal Market) is an art-nouveau style complex imitating the famous Les Halles of Paris.
Manaus was once one of the richest cities. During the rubber boom that lasted from 1890 to 1920, Manaus was responsible for nearly 90 percent of all the rubber produced in the world. Many of the trappings from that period of wealth can still be seen and admired in the city once considered to be the Paris of the Jungle.