Bandeira do Brasil

Bandeira do Brasil

Saturday, June 2, 2012


The most fascinating, easily accessible destination along the Rio Negro (Black River)  in the state of Amazonas is the Arquipélago de Anavilhanas. The second-largest freshwater archipelago in the world, it boasts over 400 islands.

 During the dry season, many of them are fringed with beautiful white sands beaches. If you don’t mind sharing with flocks of wild birds, you’ll have them completely to yourself. Should you want to go swimming, you’ll very likely share the warm waters with schools of friendly pink dolphins.

Getting to Arquipélago de Anavilhanas

Getting here on your own is fairly easy. A boat ride to the town of Novo Airão (located in the middle of the archipelago) is about a day’s journey (eight hours) from Manaus. You can also take a bus (six hours) from the rodoviária.  The ride takes about one hour by the meandering margins of the islands and it costs approx. R$20/person.

During the flood season, from March to July, one may navigate within the igapós, or flooded woods.
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