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Manaus is the capital of Amazonas and situated on the Rio Negro, just 10 kilometres upstream from the point where Rio Negro meets the Solimoes and forms the Amazon River.
The city has grown from an old 17th-century Portuguese fortification to a city of around 1.7 million inhabitants.
The rubber boom in the middle of the 19th century gave Manaus a boost, it was an era of great luxury and some of the city’s most impressive buildings (for instance ‘Teatro Amazonas’ and ‘Mercado Municipal’) were built at that time.
With the end of the rubber boom, Manaus went into a very hard time, but a turning point was reached in 1967 when ‘the Manaus Free Zone’ was established.
Now, the city has become an important industrial centre for the manufacture of electrical and electronic goods – and Manaus is also an important centre for ecological tourism.
I spent 10 fantastic days in the Manaus area in November 2005, first 7 days in the jungle - living on a river boat – and later 3 days in Manaus itself (at Hotel Brasil). The jungle tour was the absolute highlight and you can read more about my journey on my travelogues (part 1-3).
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