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1. Posted by Rakshi (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

I'm planning my itinerary for Brazil in February and am very interested in hearing the views of people who have traveled by riverboat on how they felt about it.

Is the trip from Manaus to Belem something you would do just for the experience?

What level of comfort/discomfort would I expect on a boat form Manaus to Tefe?

We have travelled all over the world in rustic conditions but let's face it, we've become middle-aged and are a little more focused on physical comfort that we used to be! Also not crazy about the idea of arriving at our destination exhausted and covered with insect bites. Is that a likely scenario?

Your opinions/advice wil be much appreciated!

2. Posted by JillAnn (Budding Member 18 posts) 11y

Hi There:

I am a Brazil Travel Specialist and have specialised in the Amazon for many years. The best way to experience the Amazon is by exploring the backwater and byways (Igapos and Igarapes) by motorized canoe. This is best done well staying in a well situated lodge, I would suggest in the region of the Anavilhanas Archipelago -- about 3 hours by boat north west of Manuas. This is the largest fresh water archipelago in the world with over 400 islands. It is also part of the Rio Negro system that does not have much of mosquito problem due to the high acid PH of the water. Mosquitos don't reproduce well in this type of water.

Traveling by riverboat on the Amazon or Rio Negro can be quite tedious as the river is extremely wide and you will not see the vast array of flora and fauna that you would see while exploring in the motorized canoes on the smaller waterways that branch off of the main river.

Feel free to contact if you need more info.

Sincerely, Jill Siegel
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3. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

Hey Rakshi

I did the boat fom Belem to Manaus 3 nights 4 days, it was great fun. I made friends, chatted played cards, you don't get bitten but if you travel hammock class you get surrounded by well meaning Brazillians! not always really comfortable ;)

It is definately a unique experience, and lets face it this is how many of the poorer Brazillians from the Amazonas region get about, visit family and find work, it's a slice of life.

It's not for all, but this is just my one positive opinion!

And the food was way better than I ws told, beans, meat stews wow, hearty food!

hope that helps a little

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