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Amazon Boat + Manaus, 15-20 October

48 hours mainly in a hammock on a boat from Santarem to Manaus, then 2 and a half days in Manaus. The main pleasure was in the getting there - Manaus itself is pretty grotty!

Santarem to Manaus on the good ship Sao Bartolemeu We decided to go hammock class instead of cabin class at the last moment after discussing with the Anglo/Canadian couple (who had travelled to Santarem by boat). Good decision as the cabins are very cramped and have no windows - must be impossibly hot during the daytime - and anyway, hammocks are more romantic!

Experences vary but ... we had a newish boat which was kept very clean (eg toilet paper in toilets/showers throughout the trip), we got on the boat at 10h00 for a 14h00 departure to ensure we got a good place (upper deck as far as possible forward is the best), the boat was pleasantly filled without being overcrowded, the locals and crew were friendly, the meals provided were good (particularly in view of the ridiculously cheap price charged), and 48 hours was about right. The couple turned up to catch the same boat, plus another English lady travelling by herself - so we had company. Really a great experience and one which will certainly last in the memory.

Incidentally, costs are: Hammock -10 euros, 48 hours on boat (hammock class) - 28 euros, 3 meals and 2 breakfasts - 8 euros, plus water and a few beers!

Manaus Arriving in Manaus by boat, the city did not look very pretty, and walking round (while Lindsey looked after the bags in a cafe) for what seemed like a couple of hours trying to get a decent room for the time we were here did not make the place more appealing. In the end we had a choice between an unappetising cheap room in a hostel and an expensive room in a hotel. Took the better option - you could at least see a bit of the river from the 8th floor room - and there was A/C plus some decent TV channels.

Manaus does not have much to offer, although the opera house and the area around it were quite pleasant both day and night, and they turn one of the main streets into a handicraft market on Sunday morning.

I would definitely choose both Belem and Santarem to visit before Manaus. They both had more to offer, and had good areas on the waterfront (to get a feel of being on tghe Amazon). However, to get to many of the jungle lodges, one is obliged to pass through.

Santarem - Boat ticket sales and who´s calling?

Santarem - Boat ticket sales and who´s calling?


The good ship Sao Bartolemeu 1

The good ship Sao Bartolemeu 1


The good ship Sao Bartolemeu 2

The good ship Sao Bartolemeu 2


Hammocks up - before the masses arrive

Hammocks up - before the masses arrive


Amazon Boat - hammocks 1

Amazon Boat - hammocks 1


Amazon Boat - hammocks 2

Amazon Boat - hammocks 2


Amazon Boat - Bar (  loud music)

Amazon Boat - Bar (+ loud music)


Amazon Boat - up the river

Amazon Boat - up the river


Amazon Boat - along the banks

Amazon Boat - along the banks


Amazon Boat - breakfast

Amazon Boat - breakfast


Amazon Boat - view

Amazon Boat - view


Amazon Boat - Anyone for fish? 1

Amazon Boat - Anyone for fish? 1


Amazon Boat - Anyone for fish? 2

Amazon Boat - Anyone for fish? 2


Amazon Boat sunset

Amazon Boat sunset


Amazon Boat - Sunset 2

Amazon Boat - Sunset 2


Amazon Boat - visiting butterfly

Amazon Boat - visiting butterfly


Manaus arrival

Manaus arrival


Manaus - Opera house

Manaus - Opera house


Manaus cathedral area

Manaus cathedral area


Manaus cathedral

Manaus cathedral


Manaus - view fron 8th floor hotel room

Manaus - view fron 8th floor hotel room

Posted by Lindseyalan73 17:00 Archived in Brazil

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