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Meeting of Waters (Encontro das Aguas)
Meeting of Waters (Encontro das Aguas)

Meeting of Waters (Encontro das Aguas)

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Free admission
Rio Negro e Rio Solimoes, Manaus, Brazil

The Basics

The Rio Negro gets its name from its black waters, while the Rio Solimões has sandy brown water. Each river on its own is a different temperature and runs at a different speed, so when they come together the water doesn't just mix to create a muddy soup; instead, the rivers essentially run alongside one another. One of the best ways to see the confluence is from a boat. Cruises along the Rio Negro take visitors to the Encontro das Aguas and often include lunch onboard. It’s also possible to combine a cruise to the Meeting of the Waters with a Manaus city tour or visit to a local indigenous village.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Manaus

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Great experience!
karenleskun, Feb 2020
Manaus City Tour and Meeting of the Waters
Great experience with Rudolpho our tour guide....perfect English and very knowledgable and personable. We had a lovely air conditioned van with just 2 other travelers. Toured the city and then saw the meeting of the waters and a floating village. We would highly recommend this tour. Thanks Rudolpho for a very memorable day!
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Must be Experienced
efetters, Feb 2020
Photo Tour at Meeting of the Waters and Janauary Lake
Awesome tour with great experiences and education. The guide was easy to find and the private boat (large enough to seat 8 with a metal roof and pull down side shades in case of bad weather) appeared quickly. This was a private tour for my wife and I. Great information on the city, its size and economy as we were leaving the port. About an hour later we reached the meeting of the waters and were educated on the reason for the difference in colors and got to put our hands in both colors to learn about the temperature differences. Then on the way to the Januauri Lake, went through a small village with floating houses. Then at the Lake, followed a board walkway with education on the local trees, saw monkeys and then the awesome huge lily pads. Had an opportunity to have a local buffet lunch in the village (we weren't hungry so we passed on it). Then an awesome hour ride back through the mangrove swamp were some places the water was only 10 inches deep so the boat went slowly and carefully. We learned so much and have many awesome photos. Much better than being on a big group tour.
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Manaus in Depth
MargieJ37, Jan 2020
Manaus City Tour and Meeting of the Waters
What a wonderful tour of Manaus,guided by Rodolpho, who shows the love of his nation with a through and informative tour of the city and the two rivers that come together to form the Amazon. Our tour started with a walk through the markets with the abundance of fruits and vegetables and fish and meats and a chance to view handicrafts in the rebuild market in the center town. Then a trip to the Opera House with a chance rehearsal performance of a Christmas concert and then to Rio Negro and Provincial Palace with explanation in Rodolpho's perfect English. But the highlight of the tour was the speedboat ride to the Meeting of the Rio Negro and Amazon waters. This was amazing! A wonderful tour with an excellent guide. Well worth whatever you spend on this trip!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • A cruise to the Encontro das Aguas is a must for any first time visitor to the region.
  • Keep an eye out for Amazon river dolphins during your excursion.
  • Bring your camera for a shot of the bicolor phenomenon.
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How to Get There

The confluence lies about 6 miles (10 kilometers) outside Manaus. The easiest way to see the natural phenomenon is on a river cruise from Manaus.

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When to Get There

To see the rivers at their most impressive, plan to visit in June, just after the rainy season has ended. Frequent rain showers can disrupt the views between December and May, though temperatures are often cooler.

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Wildcard

The Confluence of Two Rivers The river borders are constantly moving and changing as the water flows, but a clear delineation between the two rivers is visible well beyond where they actually meet. In fact, you would need to travel for nearly 4 miles (6 kilometers) downstream before you saw the Solimões River and Black River finally starting to blend. When the two rivers do actually come together, they form the Amazon River.

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