Anibal Beça 


Toda cidade se habita 

como lugar de viver. 

Só Manaus é diferente 

pois em vez de habitá-la 

é ela quem me habita. 



Queria esse privilégio 

(ciúme comum de amante) 

Sem dividir com ninguém. 



Mas além dos seus encantos 

descobri que é generosa

na morada, em seu abrigo,

nos mimos de seus mistérios

há lugares para todos


Aí se faz diferente

Uma cidade de muito

de bem querer singular

levada pelo Rio Negro

nas suas águas lavando

um caso de amor plural.


Por isso além de poeta

a paixão vai assinada

na firma de muitos nomes

e de outros enamorados

seus amantes habitantes.


1 Antonio Carlos Rix




The Amazon and You



“The sixth edition of the Amazon International Fair – FIAM 2011, will
take place from 26th to 29th October, 2011, at Studio 5 Convention
Center, in Manaus, capital of the Amazon State, Brazil. This event is
promoted by the Superintendency of the Manaus Free Zone – SUFRAMA, a
Federal Autharchy linked to the Ministry of Development, Industry and
Foreign Trade.

…Under the theme: The Amazon and You. The Meeting is Here, we invite
you to be part of this thriving window into the economic potential of
the Brazilian Amazon, where you can find great business perspectives.”

Manaus city is surely the best gateway to enter in the Amazon. It does
not matter if it is to access and visit the rain forest or to do
business. At any given time that is the place. Last year we advised
readers to get ready for the biggest show at the Amazon most important
industrial hub, Manaus.


“The Amazon International Fair (FIAM), sponsored by the Ministry of
Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, via its Superintendence of
the Manaus Free Zone – SUFRAMA, is part of the official
Government-published Brazilian Exhibition and Fair Calendar. The
states of Acre, Amapa, Amazonas, Rondonia and Roraima participate as
partners, whereas Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Para and Tocantins are

FIAM´s program will comprise several attractions, including exhibits
and the launch of manufactured and handcrafted products, general and
business rounds, business hall and innovative entrepreneurship, a
sciences exhibition, seminars on subjects ranging from strategies to
regional development, as well as technical visits to companies located
in the Manaus Industrial Sector and research institutes.

The event is attended by representatives of national and international
companies; government institutions and agencies in charge of product
purchases and of investments in regional development; tourism
operators; partners in science and technology areas; logistics agents,
and trade media professionals. ” From suframa website
http://www.suframa.gov.br ”

Check at Youtube the interview with Mr. Jorge Vasques:

I have been invited to be there and report about the show and the
city. I would like to already thank Suframa and the organization of
the show for this premium opportunity. And, If you would like to
suggest themes or simply ask questions about the Amazon, Manaus and
FIAM itself, please, do so. I will be very glad to try to answer one
way or another.

Golf in the Amazon


When I told friends at work I would spend my one week off in the Amazon region, in city of Manaus, many could not believe. “What kind of destination is that?”, I was asked. There are basically two images in the mind of people when you say “Manaus”: the business city and the rain forest (monkeys, gators and snakes). The city of Manaus takes its name from the ancient tribe of the Manaos, found in the area by the first explorers from Portugal. Today, those born in the city now are called Manauaras. 

Manaus is surely the best gateway to enter in the Amazon. It does not matter if it is to access and visit the rain forest or to do businees. Manaus has between 1.5 and 2 million inhabitants. It is host to more than 600 big companies in its Free Trade Zone and it is one of the biggest isolated metropolitan areas in the world. There are two major ways to get to Manaus, by boat or plane. Most of all, one interesting fact about Manaus is how little people actually know about it at all. 

As I have already hinted, the industrial park is amazing, with hundres of companies, including names like Siemens, Honda, Philips, Nokia, Yamaha, Essilor, Visteon, Kodak, Electrolux, Samsung, Panasonic, among many others, all benef from the Manaus Free Trade Zone laws. This fact gives Manaus a cosmopolitan flavor, as an international, multiracial city. Korean, Japanese, European, North American, you name it, people from all over the planet live and work there.

Well, as you can tell by now, there is a lot to do in the capital of the state of Amazonas. I have already written about this in Manaus is for everyone. It is sure a business city, with its Free Trade Zone in Brazil. Well, I did go to Manaus and had, as I expected, a great time there.  What I could not imagine was that I would find something like the Amazônia Golf Resort. I tell you, despite all the above facts I´d never imagine what I was about to experience this time.

I did go. I like it there. Manaus is full of possibilities for business and for entertainment. Manaus is a metrolpolis in the meddle of the rain forest with movies, malls, theaters and lots of people. Now it also has a fantastic professional golf feild. Can you picture this, just about 70km from downtown there is this green which is located in what used to be a farm inside what is now a five star hotel called Amazonia Golf Resort.

I think that with the World Soccer Cup taking place in Manaus that is just the place for a foreign team to stay. It is sure a very confortable and accessible place in the area, just 35 minutes away from the stadium Manauaras are building for the Cup. Every thing is perfect, I was amazed. Great food, confortable and Golf. It was one of my best trips inside Brazil.

To see more of the resort here

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