Carnival to Jungles
The Portuguese were the first European settlers to arrive in the area, led by Pedro Cabral, who began the colonial period in 1500. The Portuguese reportedly found native Indians numbering around seven million. Most tribes were peripatetic, with only limited agriculture and temporary dwellings, although villages often had as many as 5000 inhabitants.
Today, the few remaining traces of Brazil's Indian tribes reveal little of their lifestyle. and now, fewer than 200,000 of Brazil's indigenous people survive, most of whom inhabit the jungle areas.
In the heart of the Amazon lies the port city of Manuas, a bustle of activity and perfect place to visit the incredible diversity of wildlife that the Amazon has to offer.