This is the world’s largest fresh water of river islands (Archipelago). It’s located on the Rio Negro in the Brazilian Amazon – 100 km upstream from Manaus. This is a very unique ecological system with great biodiversity. Made up of 400 islands covered with native forest, Anavilanas is a natural labyrinth with diverse landscapes and wildlife.
Exploring the Anavilhanas Archipelago is an amazing adventure full of wonder and awe. During the rainy season, half of the islands are submerged, forming a boundless floating forest of creeks and channels awaiting discovery. The compact vegetation is shelter for diverse birds, butterflies, iguanas, rodents, monkeys and snakes. With its impressive black waters, Anavilhanas Archipelago has an extremely abundant aquatic life with several species of fish, including the famous Pirarucu, Tucunaré, and piranhas, as well as crocodiles, dolphins and manatees. Anavilhanas is also the natural habitat of 232 bird species and abundant avifauna.
During the dry season, the receding waters reveal white sand beaches and natural formations of roots and trunks.
There are many great places to escape to and visit this natural paradise. Here’s one spot that caught my eye.