The Amazon Jungle is very large. All of the major rivers and tributaries occupy an area nearly the same size as that of the United States. The basin of the Amazon River is the largest in the world. To see the Amazon Jungle we flew into Manaus, Brazil which is located in the Southern Hemisphere three degrees south of the equator. It is on the Negro River about ten miles (16 km) up river from where the Negro and Amazon Rivers meet. You might have heard of Manaus because of its famous nineteenth century opera house.
The Negro River is one of the most important tributaries of the Amazon River. Our ultimate destination was a special tree top hotel located about thirty-five miles (56 km) up the river form Manaus. This is near the Anavilhanas Archipelago which consists of 380 islands and is the largest fresh water archipelago in the world. Because the waters have high acidity there are no mosquitoes in the surrounding area, which makes it very nice for area tours. The Amazon fauna includes 250 types of mammals, 1,500 species of fish, and 1800 species of birds. There are exotic flora.