A few hours away from the AFC in several directions practically all possible Amazon scenarios can be found.
Manacapuru (at 50´), a town of 100,000 inhabitants on the banks of the River Amazon, with an extensive traditional floating port that is colourful and bursting with life.
The Piranha Reserve
100,000 hectares of well preserved lakes (at 90´ from the AFC), where the largest population of black caiman (Melanosuchus niger) in central Amazonia lives and reproduces; grandiose scenarios, birds of paradise, floating schools, fishing birds, and piranhas, lots of piranhas.
2 or 3 hours from the AFC, most of which are abandoned and which are among the richest in Brazilian Amazonia. They are the proof of occupation that began thousands of years ago. The Manaos Amazon Museum contains identified exhibits with confirmed dating.
Beaches of the Rio Negro
The wide and uninhabited beaches of the Rio Negro, some of which are tongues of white sand that penetrate for kilometres the largest black water river on earth.
little Angkor Wat of the Amazon
Buildings abandoned by man and eaten up by the jungle less than 2 hours from the AFC. The most emblematic building is the old trade school for poor young people, later a leper colony, which is today strangled by thick lianas that make it the little Angkor Wat of the Amazon.
Petroglyphs on the Rio Negro just over 3 hours away (by car + launch) can be seen at times of low water; these wonderful coastal rock landscapes have bas-reliefs from remote times. The endless view of the islands with their beaches is one of the most beautiful in the world. Black water, white sand, green forests, pink dolphins, and blue skies.
``Open`` indigenous villages
“Open” indigenous villages can be found 2 or 3 hours away from the AFC and are inhabited by natives displaced years ago, generally from the Upper Rio Negro (Tukano, Baniwa, Dessana, Piratapuia…). To a large extent they retain their languages, traditional architecture, music, instruments, rituals, and means of survival.
Neuralgic Center of Central
research institutions, Rubber Museum…
Waterfalls and caverns
3 hours away from the AFC there is a region with over 100 waterfalls along the BR 174 main road from Manaos to Boa Vista, most of which are deep in the jungle. Spectacular caves and caverns can be found in the area and 60 km further away the Balbina hydroelectric power station, which had a high environmental impact and was a failure as to its productive objectives. The region is unique and spectacular and the jungles around the waterfalls are rich in minerals, flora, and fauna.
Bay of 2 colors
130 km from the AFC the waters of the River Amazon and the Rio Negro meet; they form a huge bay of two colours where dolphins feed on the fish that become disorientated owing to changes in the water (colour, speed, temperature, or density). On one side Manaos is visible, the largest town for hundreds of kilometres, and on the other January, a lowland area rich in large trees, water lilies, birds, primates, and reptiles. The inhabitants live in floating houses.
The largest cascade of the central Amazon jungle, Aracá, is located in a central set in the Rio Negro basin and requires an expedition of at least 15 days – waterfalls of 400 metres, spectacular open landscapes, and a unique endemic flora.
Central Amazonia is rich in social diversity and surprises us with its various forms of spiritual growth.