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Boca da Valeria

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To reach Boca da Valeria, travelers board small boats that take them ashore. Among the first buildings that visitors will notice are the wooden houses on stilts, constructed to greet the rise and fall of the Amazon River. These...

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A small white church graces the village. Inside, rows of white plastic chairs are placed before a colorfully decorated altar. Nearby sits a modest schoolhouse, which is seldom in session when visitors are in town. Instead, school-age children...

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One of the many tributaries of the Amazon River, the Rio da Valeria, or Valeria River, can be traveled by small boat or canoe. While passing along its winding banks, the local guide points out a variety of flora and fauna, from toucans to...

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As you travel along the Valeria River, you'll see remote settlements that are even smaller than Boca da Valeria, with just a few houses each. In addition to more populous cities, such as Belém and Manaus, thousands of waterfront...

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Ride along the canals and tributaries of the Amazon in river canoes, helmed by the young men of Boca da Valeria. These canoes are traditionally crafted from a solid piece of marupa, a tropical hardwood that is easy to carve and also resistant to...

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Boca da Valeria doesn't have any restaurants to speak of, but there is one thatched-roof saloon that sits at the far end of town. The selection of beverages is limited and kept in a cooler on the floor of the bar—bottled water, cold beer and...

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While the economy depends primarily on fishing and hunting, many local residents sell handmade items such as wooden decorations and jewelry. You'll find them along the wharf, greeting visitors as they arrive in town. If you'd like to pick up some...