The Amazon Basin is big. Seriously big. It is twice the size of India, as big as Australia, or 70% the size of China, the USA or Canada. The only country that is significantly bigger than the Amazon Basin is Russia. Everything else is tiny by comparison - England, France, Spain,Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Japan, Korea...all of them are dwarfed by the Amazon. In the wet season, the Amazon River is 240km wide at its mouth and more than 50km wide 2,000km inland. It also accounts for a 5th of the planet´s freshwater, pouring out 300,000 cubic metres of it into the Atlantic Ocean every second of every day.
Manaus is Brazil´s Gateway to the Amazon and the point of access for most visitors. With only one reliable road link, it remains a relatively isolated city in the middle of the Amazon rainforest around 1000km in any direction from the next nearest civilisation.accommodation, jungle lodges, jungle excursions, boat trips, attractions, culture, language and many other things. We developed our guidebook and website to try to address this growing need for independent information and contacts in order to make informed decisions about where to stay, what to do and how to get around the city and the wider Brazilian Amazon.