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AIESEC in Manaus


Amazonas State

Facts of Amazonas State Size: 1,55,987 sq.km Population: 3.323,330 inhabitants Climate: Equatorial humid Capital: Manaus Language: Portuguese Currency: Real (R$) Entry Requeriments: Go to www.mre.gov.br for more information.

How to get here Air: Eduardo Gomes International Airport in Manaus receives domestic and international flights from Latin American cities and Miami. Main access road: Boa Vista to Manaus - Br-174. Fluvial: Affluent of Negro and Solimões rivers.

The Green Destination in Brazil Amazonas is the largest state in Brazil. It has approximately 1.5 million square kilometers, occupying more than 18% of the national territory. It has 62 towns and counties and at the same time highlands “Pico da Neblina” (Hazy Peak) with the altitude of 3,014 m, and “Pico 31 de Março” (March 31st Peak), with 2,992 m, as well as the largest lowland extension (altitude less than 100 m) in Brazil. The state population is 3,323,330 inhabitants. Of this number, 1,709,010 are in Manaus. The Amazon hydrographic counts on approximately 20% of the fresh water in the planet. The main rivers are Negro (which bathes the city of Manaus),Solimões, Amazonas, Madeira, Juruá, Purus, Içá, Uaupés and Japurá. In Brazil, a characteristically tropical country, the average temperature is 26ºC (78.8ºF). It is as well the better-preserved state in the country, with 98% of its original forest coverage.  Tourism of nature is the main attraction in itineraries to Amazonas. The visitor enjoys the opportunity of knowing, learning and valuing the importance of the tropical forest and of the inhabitants who live in it, and who are responsible for its conservation.


Amazonas Nature

The largest live laboratory in the World Amazonian forests and waters shelter the most varied fauna ever known. There are 324 types of mammals, 2500 species of fish and 1,800 species of birds already indentified. Biodiversity in the Amazon region is unique and the richest in the world. The forests in the region concentrate 60% of all forms of life in the planet, but it is estimated that only 30% of all forms are known to science. There are about one million species of animals and vegetables, including more than 2000 types of fish, 2500 types of birds, 3500 types of trees having more than 30 cm in diameter and 300 species of reptiles, snakes, and lizards. Of the 483 species of mammals existing in Brazil, 324 live in the Amazonia (67%); of the 141 species of bats, 125 fly in the region. With an amazing 30 million species, the insects form the largest group of living creatures on the Earth, without counting bacteria and microorganisms. One third of them dwell in Amazonia. This biodiversity comprises a strategic reserve for the survival of human beings, since it incorporates a considerable reserve of nutritional as well as medicinal plants.

Did you know? The Amazon protected areas such as parks and forest reserves, occupy a territory equivalent to twenty times the country of Lebanon and the double of the territory of Portugal.


Amazonas Culture

Once in a lifetime experience The Amazonian culture is a mixture of sounds, rhythms and colors, which brought forth as main feeders the Portuguese, Northeastern, and Indian cultures, and in lesser degree, the African-Brazilian culture. In fact, before this enormous diversity of natural Landscape and vision, there is a natural unity produced by the forest and by the water, where lies the deepest layer of cultural formation of our people, which sets a possible identity of the Amazonian inhabitant. The same spirit and the same attitude of the natives dwelling this vast region remain alive: the enchantment before nature. It is the Amazonian who makes the design of a vase, the weaving of textiles, the shape of a canoe, the rhythm of speech, of music and dance, the strength of legends, the veraciousness of stories.


Manaus

Facts of Manaus Population: 1,709,010 inhabitants Altitude: 92 m above sea level Territory: 11,458 Km2 Average temperature: 25ºC (77º F) Access: By air, land and fluvial Relative humidity (average annually): 80% to 90%

The gateway to the Amazon The receptive infrastructure, jointly with an architecture aggregate of historic importance makes Manaus one of the most exclusive metropolises in Brazil. The gateway to the largest tropical forest in the world, the city is prepared to receive visitors from everywhere and offers a diversified roll of leisure possibilities (bars, restaurants, nightclubs, theaters, museums, cultural centers, parks, beaches and public watering places. The city is also growing in a cultural reference with their festivals. The several activities of the city, the natural attractions, the industries, make the capital a big potential for tourist activities in its various segments.

Places to See Encontro das águas

A natural phenomenon brought about by the joining of the dark waters of Rio Negro and the brown waters of Rio Solimões, which come together to form the Amazon River. For about 6 km the waters of both rivers run side by side without mixing.


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Ponta Negra Beach

Located 13 km from downtown Manaus, its margin has been fully urbanized, having sand sports courts, bicycle tracks, belvederes, playground, medical center and a large sidewalk with bars, restaurants and snack bars.

The Amazon Theater

Built in the middle of Amazonian forest at the time of the Rubber Cycle, it is the main reference of culture in Amazonas.

Peoples of Amazonia Cultural Center Located at “Bola da Suframa”, it is a space for the research, education, and entertainment of Amazonia and its inhabitants.

Provincial Palace

Located at “Praça da Polícia”. It holds various museums and the State’s Picture Gallery.

Rio Negro Palace Cultural Center

It housed the State Government for many years. Currently it holds exhibits, musical and theater shows.


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Adolpho Ducke Botanical Garden It is considered the largest botanical garden

in the world, with a wealth in flora and fauna species.

Parque do MindĂş

One of the last resorts of the sauim-decoleira, a monkey that only exists in the Manaus region and is one of the endangered species.

Parque Ponte dos Bilhares

Offers kiosks with regional cooking, exercising equipment, bike rides, skating, walking and cycling tracks, artificial lake, fountain and playground.

Grove of the National Research Institute of Amazonia (INPA)

Has vivariums of ariranhas (Brazilian otters) and alligators, tanks for manatees, House of Science, educational trails, orchid and bromeliad cultivation.


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Zoo of the Forest War Instruction Center (CIGS) Managed by the Brazilian Army, there are approximately 300 species of animals, among monkeys, jaguars, ariranhas, snakes, alligators, macaws, tapirs and land turtles.

Adolpho Lisboa Municipal Market

A replica of Les Halles Market in Paris, it is

the largest entrepot of regional products in town.

San Sebastian Church

Built in 1888, it is part of the architectural aggregate of San Sebastian Square and The Amazonas Theater.

Church of Our Lady of Conception

Built in 1695, it was the first church built in

Manaus.


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Cuisine Amazonas is very well served through a variety of typical dishes and very rich in indigenous influenced flavors. The local cuisine is particularly known for its fish-based dishes and its typical Amazon fruits. Each ingredient combined with regional condiments result in a flavor that is impossible not to indulge in thanks to the exquisiteness in the way the dishes are prepared. Condiments such as the malagueta pepper, pimenta de cheiro, tucupi are essencial. Among the many fish species, the visitor can choose tucunaré, tambaqui, jaraqui, or the Amazon codfish, the delicious pirarucu, enjoyed with the Uarini manioc flour. The immense variety of fruit trees in the Amazon allows for the disclosure of unique flavors that are a feast for the taste of any person. Cupuaçu, Guaraná and the Açaí are the best known fruits.

Source: www.visitamazonas.am.gov.br


Manaus Life cost Documents

Fee of the first foreign card R$ 124.23 (U.S. $ 62.42) Foreigner Registration R$ 64.58 (U.S. $ 32.45) Form for the CPF (Individual Registration) R$ 5.0 (U.S. $ 2.51) Total = 193.81 (U.S. $ 97.39)

Residence

For rent studio ≈ R$ 550.00 (average) (U.S. $ 276.38)

Food

Basic food costs (food family / month - trainee / 2 months) R$ 252.93 (U.S. $ 127.1) dish Standard ≈ R$ 8.00 (average) (U.S. $ 4.0)

Transportation

Bus fare: R$ 2.75 (U.S. $ 1.38) Taxi: basic fare R$ 3.50 (U.S. $ 1.75) From 6 pm and 10 am R$ 2.20 / km (U.S. $ 1.10 / km) From 10 am to 6 pm, weekends and holidays R$ 2.97 / km (U.S. $ 1.49 / km)

Leisure

Guided tour of the Teatro Amazonas R$ 10.0 (value to students R$ 5.0) (U.S. $ 5.02 / value U.S. $ 2.56 for students) Visit the Meeting of the Waters ≈ R$ 50.0 (average, depending on the type of ride) (U.S. $ 25.01) City Tour R$ 30.0 (U.S. $ 15.06) Parties in a weekend ≈ R$ 50.0 (average) (U.S. $ 25.01) Tourism dollar sale US$ 1.99


Manaus

We hope you enjoy Manaus as much they did!!! Many other AIESEC trainnees have lived the amazing experience of discovering Manaus, a city full of nature, culture and history, Manaus’ society is waiting for you to show your work and benevolence that wil help to make our city better. We are eager to welcome you and make you know a little bit of the famous brazilian hospitality! Impact! Discovery! Fall in love with Manaus!


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