Manaus, the capital of the state Amazonas, is located at the confluence of Negro and Solim_es river and is the second largest city in Northern region of Brazil. Located in the heart of Amazon rainforests, the cosmopolitan metropolis serves as the gateway to the world's largest tropical rainforests. The city with its old colonials buildings, a variety of flora and fauna and handicrafts is a great place to stock up and acclimatize with the tropical weather before you embark on a mission to explore the Amazon.
Situated at the heart of the world's largest rainforest, Manaus is a sprawling urban centre where one has so many options to choose from. The city reaped the benefits of rubber boom and reached tremendous heights of prosperity which is reflected in its numerous colonial mansions and buildings, most of which were constructed by wealthy rubber barons who imported construction materials all the way from Europe to get a homely feel in their Brazilian counterparts. An emerging destination for ecotourism, Manaus offers unique sights and travellers can take boat trips to explore a number of ecological parks and tropical rainforests situated in the vicinity of the city. The meeting of the two rivers Rio Negro and Rio Solim_es forms the Amazon river and is a splendid display of colours worth visiting. Even though the city serves as head off point for exploring the Amazon, a few days spent here are enough to captivate you. Do not miss out on the experience of staying in a jungle lodge or simply delving into the local handicrafts when in Manaus.
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