Novo Airão is an important tourist centre, an ideal jumping off point for visits to the Parque Nacional de Anavilhanas, the world’s largest freshwater archipelago, and the Parque Nacional do Jaú, the second largest park in Latin America. Nature, history and unique experiences abound here. Discover more about Novo Airão here.
Here are some surprising facts you probably didn’t know about this unique destination:
1. The symbol of Novo Airão is the manatee, but you can’t see any here and the place is known for its pink dolphins.
2. There is still a festival of Peixe Boi (manatee) every year in October or November with participation of 2 teams: Peixe Boi do Jaú and Peixe Boi das Anavilhanas.
3. The Rio Negro is blue/black rather than the brown of the Amazon because its source is in the forest rather than the mountains and it gathers sediment as it flows.
4. The river rises 13 to 15 metres every winter, which in the Amazon is the rainy season: December to May.
5. Sandy beaches appear from September/October every year as the river level drops.
6. Because the Rio Negro is highly acidic there are few, if any, mosquitoes but that also means there is less wildlife here.
7. The water of the river is a couple of degrees warmer than the Amazon river; in October out feels like swimming in a warm bath!
8. Novo Airão has one of the most important centres for studying pink dolphins in the world and you can see them up close and personal.
9. The Anavilhanas is the largest freshwater archipelago in the world and Jaú the second largest park.
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