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Warwickshire Telegraph - - TRAVEL -

vis­ited the most fa­mous at­trac­tion in Manaus – the ‘En­con­toro das Aguas’, the meet­ing of the wa­ters.

Our tour boat slid away from the ranks of jet­ties and river­boats, pass­ing lit­tle fish­ing skiffs and gi­ant sea cargo ves­sels, all un­der moun­tains of cloud ob­scur­ing the sun.

The boat came to a halt a few miles down­stream. There, the black wa­ters of the Rio Ne­gro gen­tly col­lided with the brown of the Ama­zon, yet de­fi­antly re­fused to mix due to dif­fer­ing tem­per­a­tures and den­sity. It wasn’t that im­pres­sive. Where we went to next, though, most def­i­nitely was. We en­tered a net­work of smaller rivers and streams that was full-on jun­gle – herons perch­ing, par­rots drift­ing, mon­keys scram­bling through for­est canopy. Fur­ther on, we saw pink dol­phins as they sur­faced for air.

We emerged on the far side of the broad ex­panse of the Ne­gro, the low sun gild­ing the sky­line of Manaus in the dis­tance. An­other mind-blow­ing af­ter­noon.

Back on dry land, I sat by the wa­ter­front. As I stared out at the last streaks of day, I re­alised I was no longer con­cerned about the heat.

Foot­ball was now the last thing on my mind. CHRIS GRANET flew to Brazil as a guest of TAM Air­lines, who of­fer daily re­turn flights to Manaus via Sao Paulo from Heathrow start­ing at £796. TA M i s part of LATAM Air­lines Group whose South Amer­i­can Air­pass of­fers up to 60% off with theree or more flights within Brazil/S Amer­ica. See ROOMS at the Qual­ity Ho­tel, Manaus, start at around £83 a night B&B. Click at­lantica


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