Things to Do in Manaus

By Paige, Nicaragua, December 2012

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This was once Brazil’s boomtown, where untold billions were made off the bounty of the rainforest. Founded in 1669, Manaus profited off rainforest products ranging from rubber to Brazil nuts; investors from all over the world, from Charles Goodyear to Henry Ford, sent teams to this hot and humid spot to seek their fortune. They found it.

By the 1800s, Manaus was a major port, and the muddy jungle backwater had become one of the wealthiest spots on earth. It’s 40,000 residents, almost all of them expats, purchased more diamonds per capital and anywhere else in the world, sent their laundry to Europe for cleaning, and according to legend, watered their horses with fine French champagne.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Manaus Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Manaus.

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