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The Meeting of Waters is a phenomenon which occurs at the confluence of Rio Negro, a river with dark water, and Rio Solimes, with sandy-colored water, where the waters of both rivers run side by side without mixing for more than 6 km. It is one of the main touristic attractions in the city of Manaus.

This phenomenon is due to the difference in the temperature and density of the waters, as well as to the speed of their streams: Rio Negro runs at about 2 km/h at a temperature of 22コC, while Rio Solimes runs at 4 to 6 km/h at a temperature of 28コC.

There are several travel agencies which offer a ride to the region, usually including a ride by the igarap駸 (narrow riverbanks) in the region. If the ride is on a small boat, the tourist can touch the water while crossing the river from one side to the other, thus feeling that the rivers have different temperatures.

The flood period, from January to July, is the best time to go on a ride and observe the meeting of waters, for you go among the igarap駸 by motor boats. You can penetrate the arms and branches of the river and see animals such as birds, monkeys, and sloths.

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