‘Grand Hotel-Ship Amazon’

Fishing piranhas in the Amazon

BRA_ Pescar pirañas en el Amazonas

    The Amazon rain forest has an incredible variety of wildlife, with hundreds of different species of birds, amphibians and mammals. And of course there’s the best-known fish of Amazonia, the piranha, with a well-deserved bad reputation in spite of their relatively small size. Most of these species have a strong, narrow body, usually measuring between 14 and 26 centimeters, although some can grow to over 40 cm. Piranhas have a prominent head, very strong jaws and a single row of teeth in the upper and lower part of their mouth. They are very aggressive, with an insatiable appetite…

The beautiful Palace of the Opera in Manaus

BRA_El hermoso Palacio de la Ópera de Manaos

Manaus, a Brazilian city right in the heart of the Amazon, has nearly four centuries of history behind it, the most important period being during the so-called Rubber Boom, which is what made this city develop so fast. Today it is among the cities of Brazil that is visited by many tourists. The enviable and strategic location of Manaus, right where the Rio Negro and the Amazon meet, played a pivotal role in the process of making a small Portuguese fort a city that was soon to become known as the Paris of the Tropics. But it was not until…

Tips for a cruise on the Amazon

A cruise on the huge Amazon River is one of the best experiences that inveterate travelers can enjoy in their lifetime. The magnificence of the rivers and trees, the incredible natural variety and the down-to-earth and hospitable nature of the people make up a unique scenario where you can have contact and learn about the last frontier where life can be experienced in a virtually pristine state. Here are a few tips that you should bear in mind if you want to fully enjoy this beautiful adventure: · Mosquitoes: In all damp areas insects are plentiful, particularly those annoying mosquitoes.…

Boi-bumbá, the famous festival at Parintins

  In the heart of Brazilian Amazonia is Manaus, the gateway to Amazonia, a huge reserve of over 4,000 square kilometers, covering nine Brazilian states and home to most of the nearly 210 indigenous tribes in the country. Manaus is a perfect destination for those who are fond of eco-tourism, thanks to its many natural parks and environmental reserves. Tourists can enjoy sightings of typical animals in the region, such as a fish known as the peixe-boi-da-amazônia and several species of macaws. Now if you happen to be in Manaus during the month of June you must go on an…