World Cup Host City Manaus Offers A Taste Of The Exotic Amazon To Travelers

From the famed “Meeting of the Waters” to an opulent opera house in the middle of the jungle, the city of Manaus may hold more surprises than the matches of the World Cup.

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    A fishmonger at Manaus’ sprawling market gestures to a customer with a machete about which cut of fish they want. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)
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    One of the many delicacies of the Amazon River, piranhas are a popular fish in Manaus. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)
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    A fishmonger in Manaus’ market displays a popular catch from the Amazon. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)
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    Many different types of bananas are sold in Manaus’ bustling market. These are native to the region surrounding the Amazonian city. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)
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    An indigenous man sells vegetables at a stall in the Manaus market. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)
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    Frozen purees of fruits native to the Amazon sweat in the mid-morning heat inside of the Manaus market. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)
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    A collection of pungent spices hide the smell of fish and meat inside Manaus’ market. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)
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    A butcher listens as one of his coworkers talks soccer inside the Manaus market. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)
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    The Rio Negro’s water rise so much that parts of Manaus’ market have to be elevated on wooden planks. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)
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    Manioc, a root indigenous to the Amazon, is used in almost all meals in Manaus and the surrounding region. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)
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    Boats navigate their way out of the Manaus harbor and into the rough waters of the confluence of the Amazon and Rio Negro rivers. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)
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    A ship captain looks on as passengers attempt to load two mattresses onto her craft. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)
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    Giant water lilies in the waters of a nature preserve close to Manaus. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)
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    The water of the Amazon and the Rio Negro help create a lush environment, but very little land on which to build on. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)
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    A boat navigates the area where the Amazon and Rio Negro join together, known as the “Meeting of the Waters.” (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)
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    The water of the Amazon (on the left) is lighter and more yellow than the water of the Rio Negro (right). The streams flow side-by-side for about four miles. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)
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    As in the rest of Brazil, evangelical Christianity has made inroads in Manaus. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)
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    One working-class neighborhood in Manaus has blocked off a street to make its own “fun fest” for the World Cup. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)
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    Residents of one street in Manaus have painted their entire street for the World Cup. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)
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    The most famous building in Manaus, the Amazon Theater features tiles imported from France, marble from Italy and steel from Scotland. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)
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    Despite an increase in evangelical Christians, Catholicism is still the city’s most popular religion. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)
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    Marchers in a Catholic procession. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)
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    A young girl marches in a Catholic procession during a holy day. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)
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    A Catholic procession attracted thousands of people to the streets of Manaus. (Photo: Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News Latino)
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