A Trip to Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil

This page was first published on the 4th of June, 2016 and last updated on the 8th of June, 2016 by Patrick Carpen.

Ponta Negra, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil

A shot of Manaus’ famous “Ponta Negra” beach at around 3 O clock in the afternoon. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

As the car crossed the Guyana/Brazil border, and took the highway to Boa Vista, I felt my heart warm, my mind started to ease. Read more of the boring stuff “Taking off for Manaus”.

A photograph of a church in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A photograph of a church in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

 

A photograph of the "family dog" at the house where I stayed. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016 .

A photograph of the “family dog” at the house where I stayed. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016 .

 

Photo Thanks To: Patrick Carpen

Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

 

Photo Thanks To: Patrick Carpen - Posing for a shot with some of my beautiful friends from Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil.

– Posing for a shot with some of my beautiful friends from Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photo taken around May, 2016.

My two beautiful aunts - I think I've now earned the right to call them that - poses for a shot in this photo by Patrick Carpen.

My two beautiful aunts – I think I’ve now earned the right to call them that – poses for a photograph. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

My friends pose with copies of my children's book "Angela's Lost Turtle" - the book which may have very well earned me a celebrity-style welcome in Manaus.

My friends pose with copies of my children’s book “Angela’s Lost Turtle” – the book which may have very well earned me a celebrity-style welcome in Manaus. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

I had heard so many stories of Manaus. Aside from the hundreds of factories, the wealth and productivity of the people, Manaus, like many other great cities in Brazil, had its dark side: the favelas, where comparative poverty, drugs and crime were the order of the day. Would I perhaps come face to face with some of these criminals? I neither feared nor hoped so. Read more of the boring stuff “From Boa Vista to Manaus”.

A Photograph of a street in one of the middle-class neighborhoods in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil - taken by Patrick Carpen.

A photograph of a street in one of the middle-class neighborhoods in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen.

My friend Micaella and I posing for a "goodbye" photo at the bus station in Manaus.

My friend Micaella and I posing for a “goodbye” photo at the bus station in Manaus. Photo taken around May, 2016.

We stopped right at the driveway of my friend’s mom, where I would be staying for the course of the holiday. They hugged me and welcomed me to Manaus. Read more of the boring stuff “A Warm Welcome to Manaus”.

The little boy "Davi" who lived at the house I was staying at. I must admit that this is one of the sweetest, amazing little kid I have ever met.

The little boy “Davi” who lived at the house I was staying at. I must admit that this is one of the sweetest, smartest, most amazing little kid I have ever met. Photo Taken by Patrick Carpen.

 

A shot of the Manaus traffic from inside of Micaella's car. In Manaus, the traffic can be hazardous, but my "girlfriend" is such a good driver.

A shot of the Manaus traffic from inside of Micaella’s car. In Manaus, the traffic can be hazardous, but my “girlfriend” is such a good driver. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A photograph of the inside of Manaus second biggest shopping mall. Photo Taken by Patrick Carpen.

A photograph of the inside of Manaus second biggest shopping mall. Photo Taken by Patrick Carpen.

Micaella told me to go around the corner, but when I came back, she wasn’t there. I searched everywhere, but I couldn’t find her. Neither could I find her car in the parking lot. My heart started to race. Lost in the Mall: Read more of the exciting stuff.

A photograph from inside of Manaus' second biggest shopping mall. Photo Taken by Patrick Carpen.

A photograph from inside of Manaus’ second biggest shopping mall. Photo Taken by Patrick Carpen.

 

Micaella, a Real Estate Agent, talks to some potential buyers with her car parked at the side of the road. Photo Taken by Patrick Carpen.

A photograph of Micaella’s car: My friend Micaella, a Real Estate Agent, talks to some potential buyers with her car parked at the side of the road. Photo Taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

 

A Trip to the Zoo

25th of May, 2016

A photograph of the environs of the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016

A photograph of the environs of the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016

Micaella took me to the zoo in Manaus. There, we grabbed a few burgers and drinks and got ready to explore the zoo. Sadly, inside the zoo, my camera’s batteries went down, so I couldn’t take ALL of the pictures that I really wanted to take. However, I am attaching the ones I did take here for you to see.

The entry to the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

The entry to the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

The insects, spiders and scorpions room at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

The insects, spiders and scorpions room at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

Some monkeys at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

Some monkeys at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A monkey at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A monkey at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A monkey at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A monkey at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

Two beautiful parrots at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

Two beautiful parrots at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

 

A photograph of the environs of the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A photograph of the environs of the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A photograph of the environs of the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of the environs of the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A rare bird in the zoo at Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A rare bird in the zoo at Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

Some beautiful flower trees in the zoo at Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

Some beautiful flower trees in the zoo at Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

Some beautiful birds at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

Some beautiful birds at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

Two beautiful birds at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

Two beautiful birds at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A turtle in the zoo at Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A turtle in the zoo at Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A rare bird at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A rare species of bird at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A rare species of bird at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A rare species of bird at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A big cat in the zoo at Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A big cat in the zoo at Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A big cat at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A big cat at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A big cat at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A big cat at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A big cat at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A big cat at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A big cat at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A big cat at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A big cat at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A big cat at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

Two jaguars at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

Two jaguars at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

Two jaguars at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

Two jaguars at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

The environs of the zoo at Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

The environs of the zoo at Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A jaguar at a zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A jaguar at a zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A crocodile at the zoo at Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A crocodile at the zoo at Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A monkey at the zoo at Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A monkey at the zoo at Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

Two monkeys at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

Two monkeys at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

 

 

The environs of the zoo at Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken around May, 2016 by Patrick Carpen.

The environs of the zoo at Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken around May, 2016 by Patrick Carpen.

 

The environs of the zoo at Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken around May, 2016 by Patrick Carpen.

The environs of the zoo at Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken around May, 2016 by Patrick Carpen.

Some water animals at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

Some water animals at the zoo in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

After we left the zoo, Micaella and I drove once again to Ponto Negra, Manaus, largest beach and recreation center. Micaella told me the people were about to have a huge party at the beach that night.

A photograph of Ponta Negra - Beach and Recreation Center - Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil - Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of the environs of Ponta Negra – Beach and Recreation Center – Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil – Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of the environs of Ponta Negra - Beach and Recreation Center - Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil - Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of the environs of Ponta Negra – Beach and Recreation Center – Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil – Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of the environs of Ponta Negra - Beach and Recreation Center - Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil - Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of the environs of Ponta Negra – Beach and Recreation Center – Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil – Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of the environs of Ponta Negra - Beach and Recreation Center - Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil - Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of the environs of Ponta Negra – Beach and Recreation Center – Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil – Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of the environs of Ponta Negra - Beach and Recreation Center - Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil - Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of the environs of Ponta Negra – Beach and Recreation Center – Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil – Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of the environs of Ponta Negra - Beach and Recreation Center - Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil - Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of the environs of Ponta Negra – Beach and Recreation Center – Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil – Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of the environs of Ponta Negra - Beach and Recreation Center - Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil - Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of the environs of Ponta Negra – Beach and Recreation Center – Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil – Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of the environs of Ponta Negra - Beach and Recreation Center - Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil - Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of the environs of Ponta Negra – Beach and Recreation Center – Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil – Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of the environs of Ponta Negra - Beach and Recreation Center - Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil - Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of the environs of Ponta Negra – Beach and Recreation Center – Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil – Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of the environs of Ponta Negra - Beach and Recreation Center - Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil - Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of the environs of Ponta Negra – Beach and Recreation Center – Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil – Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of the environs of Ponta Negra - Beach and Recreation Center - Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil - Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of the environs of Ponta Negra – Beach and Recreation Center – Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil – Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of the environs of Ponta Negra - Beach and Recreation Center - Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil - Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of the environs of Ponta Negra – Beach and Recreation Center – Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil – Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of the environs of Ponta Negra - Beach and Recreation Center - Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil - Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of the environs of Ponta Negra – Beach and Recreation Center – Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil – Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of the environs of Ponta Negra - Beach and Recreation Center - Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil - Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of the environs of Ponta Negra – Beach and Recreation Center – Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil – Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of the environs of Ponta Negra - Beach and Recreation Center - Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil - Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of the environs of Ponta Negra – Beach and Recreation Center – Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil – Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

One afternoon, we went to pick up Sophia at her school. As I sat there, a little girl stared into my bag of popcorn, then made a sudden grab. Read more of the beautiful stuff: The Most Beautiful Story of the Afternoon.

Manauara Shopping Mall

At the entrance of Manauara Shopping Mall - Manaus' biggest shopping mall. Photo taken by Patrick around May, 2016.

At the entrance of Manauara Shopping Mall – Manaus’ biggest shopping mall. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

Manaura Shopping Mall is the biggest shopping mall in Manaus. On the last day of my stay in Manaus, Micaella took me to Manaura shopping mall, seeing that I did not have a chance to visit earlier.

As I drew my camera and started taking pictures, I attracted the attentions of the security officers who came over and told me that I am not allowed to take pictures. I tried convincing them that they should allow me to take pictures, but it only worked temporarily. Several other security officers approached me and told me the same thing: I am not allowed to take pictures of the mall unless I have a permit.

Nevertheless, I still managed to take a few pictures by mildly defying their authority.

A photograph of a games center in Manauara Shopping Mall. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A photograph of a games center in Manauara Shopping Mall. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A photograph of a games center in Manauara Shopping Mall, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of a games center in Manauara Shopping Mall, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May 2016.

A photograph of a games center in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A photograph of a games center in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A photograph of a games center in Manauara Shopping Mall, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A photograph of a games center in Manauara Shopping Mall, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A photograph of a games center at the Manauara Shopping Mall, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A photograph of a games center at the Manauara Shopping Mall, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A photograph of a games center in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A photograph of a games center in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A photograph of a games center in Manauara Shopping Mall, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A photograph of a games center in Manauara Shopping Mall, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photograph taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A photograph of a games center in Manauara Mall, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

A photograph of a games center in Manauara Mall, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Photo taken by Patrick Carpen around May, 2016.

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