Manaus part 01: Finding green areas
January 1, 1970
by Luísa Tolentino
My name is Luísa and this is my first post on my new blog, Luka trips. I decided to start this blog because I love to travel and I would like to share my good and bad experiences collected around the world (not all the world…yet).
I’m Brazilian and architecture student, who were born in the Northeast, but spent the life moving from one city to another in the country. My childhood basically was playing in amazing beaches, with good food and good weather meanwhile I was living in hot cities without beach in my youth. I can say that I still love all these places and in the future I will talk about them too.
Nowadays I’m living in Manaus, a city with more than 2 million residents in the North of the country, which many tourist don’t have idea that exist or if they know, they know just what the media shows in movies and news. It’s a city that developed in the middle of the Amazônia Forest, the world biggest tropical forest in the world. To come here, you can to use airplane, boat or road (the road is not the best and I don’t recommend).
If you ask me if it’s possible to see monkeys -or other animals considered exotic- in the city, I can say yes, but do not expect this in a main street. If this happen, you have to know that you should call for the authorities for the safety of the animal.
To see these animals in the right environment you have to visit zoos, green areas that are spread around the city, or go to the rainforest.
Today I will talk about some of these green areas to you and show how to enjoy it. This is the beginning of posts about Manaus and where I’ve been in the state.
Mindú Park is totally located inside the city. Very close to the downtown, it’s surrounded by different neighborhood and with a small watercourse inside, which has the same name of the park, but unfortunately is not too clean how it should be.
This park was created by the people who lived close to area, as a way to protect the “Sauim-de-coleira”, an endangered species of monkey. You can find there a library, restaurant, toilet, space for exhibitions and hiking trails. It is easy to find activities there, like yoga classes every Saturday morning, for free. This is one of my favorite activities there. The other is to eat tapioca after the class. Tapioca is a kind of pancake made with a specific starch and that you can fill with many things, like butter, cheese, ham, bananas and etc. The options of juices and fruits are good too and they are natural. Passion fruit, water melon and orange are some examples.
Location: Perimeter Avenue, Neighborhood: Park November 10. Open hours: From Tuesday to Sunday – 08:00am to 5:00pm. You can go there by public transportation or car. Free entrance.
UFAM is the Universidade Federal do Amazonas or Federal University of Amazonas. It’s in the list of the biggest green fragments in urban areas in the world and the first of the country, besides the first educational place with the tittle of university that it was created in Brazil, at 1908. As the university you can find many courses spread in two campus, hiking trails and areas for exercises or just meeting. I study here and I like very much, especially when I can find some monkeys, squirrels or sloths (the cutest animal for me there). You have to pay attention just with snakes, frogs and spiders and the trails are not totally safe. Sometimes you can find robbers, so take care there and don’t walk alone inside the forest. Dogs and cats are very common too, considering that in Brazil there are a lot of abandoned pets on the streets and the Federal universities are the most common place where you can find them. They are part of the University’s life.
Here you can find parties, markets, exhibitions and many other programs during the year- But if you just want to visit you can do too and as a public space you can enter anytime when you want, using public transportation, car, bike or by walk, except on Sunday. Maybe you will need authorization from the administration of the campus.
Another interesting thing is the architectural project on the North’s campus. It was made in the decade of 1970 by the Brazilian Architect Severiano Mário Porto and it’s a reference of vernacular architecture in tropical forest, with the use of wood and metal in the structure and designed for the best thermal comfort. There is a preservation program too on the South’s campus for the “Sauim-de-coleira” and others species of monkeys that you can visit and know more about how to help.
Location: General Rodrigo Otávio Avenue, number 6200 Neighborhood: Coroado I.
The Science Forest it is inside INPA, the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia or the National Institute of Amazônia Research. You can find many attractions related to animals and plants from the region, besides conservation projects, restaurants, handcraft made by indigenous, trails and a small zoo with aquatic animals, like the manatee and nutria.
It’s a very calm and touristic place too. You can easily spend the morning here and then go to the University, because they are very close of each other.
The entrance fee it’s R$ 5,00. Children under 10 years and seniors over 60 years don’t pay. You can visit from Tuesday to Friday at 09:00am to 12am and 2:00pm to 4:00pm. On Saturday and Sunday at 9:00am to 4:00pm. You can go by car or public transportation.
Location: André Araújo Avenue, 2936 Neighborhood: Petropólis.
Adolpho Duke Reserve
The reserve is located in the border of the city and it is considered the limit between the city and the rainforest. It has 100 Km2 of green area, where you can find MUSA, the botanic garden of Manaus or Amazonia Museum, with many species of animals e plants, hiking trails in different levels and a lookout tower which is open for tourists, high enough to see the tree tops. Just pay attention with the hours of visitation. Try to visit in the early morning or late afternoon, because in the middle of the day the temperature is too high and there are more mosquitos.
This location is used for students too, from INPA and UFAM as a research area, so you will find many people working in different projects.
The prices change accord with the tour. If you want a guided tour for visit the museum, the price is R$ 10,00. To visit just the lookout tower the price is R$20,00 and for both the price R$ 30,00. Free entrance for children under 5 years old and discounts are available for students (individual or groups), Brazilian seniors and locals (with ID and residence proof). The sunset and sunrise in the lookout tower is open just for researchers, but if you know someone who can go in the hours try to visit with he/she.
They are open for visit every day from 9:00am to 5pm, except Wednesday.
Location: Margareth Avenue (Uirapuru Street). Neighborhood: Cidade de Deus.
If you want to use public transportation to go in one of these locations, the price is R$ 3,00 for ticket and public transportation means only bus. So, you can check the itinerary of the buses in the internet before you try to use. Try the website: www.onibusmanaus.com.br. It is not in English, but you can put the route and they will give the number of the buses that you can get.
Well, if you want to check green areas in Manaus, with a lot of species of animals and plants, I can recommend these and I’m can guarantee that each of these places will offer a different experience that will make you feel in the Amazon rainforest. On the next post I will talk about public spaces where you can use here if you are a local or a tourist.
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