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Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Chez les Rois, Manaus, Amazonas
By Alison McGowan
August 23, 2011

Pousada Chez les Rois was a wonderful find – an oasis of calm in one of the best areas of the city, half an hour from the airport, 4kms from the centre of Manaus and easy walking distance from shops, restaurants, gyms and even a spa. The 10 bedrooms here are fairly basic but all have en-suite shower rooms, frigobar, TVs and wi-fi internet access which works! Breakfasts are taken by a beautiful pool set in tropical gardens – a wonderful way to start the day and a great place to chill out in the late afternoon and evening when you get back from your day trips out.

Everyone asks about the name, Chez les Rois, which is practically unpronounceable in Portuguese, but curiously it has nothing to do with kings and there is no French connection” in the pousada at all. But I’ll let them tell you the story. Suffice it to say the beautiful mansion was originally the family home of well known Amazonian guide Miguel Rocha da Silva and the pousada has been run for the last 6 years by his son Mauro who carries on the tradition of imparting hospitality, generosity and local knowledge to pousada guests, with his whole raison d&rsquot;tre the desire to help people live their dreams. I definitely could have stayed a few days longer to explore the faded glory of Manaus, to see just a tiny bit of the massive surrounding rainforest, to buy beautiful wood hand carvings swim with the dolphins and, in the process, realise a few of my own dreams.

Manaus had a a glorious heyday at the height of the rubber boom at the end of the 19th century and there are still vestiges of its former glory evident in the Theatro Amazonas and a few surrounding buildings. Regrettably little else has survived though, and what is worth seeing in the city itself will not take you more than a couple of hours. What is extraordinary here of course is something else entirely: the confluence of the two huge rivers Solimes, and Negro which together become the Amazon, the bustle of the riverboats and the extraordinary sense of space and grandeur. Go out to the “meeting of the waters” where the black Rio Negro meets the brown River Solimes, or take a boat along the banks of the river or up to Lake Janauari to see the flora and fauna, the birds, butterflies and dolphins. Now those are unforgettable experiences

Not To Be Missed
– Theatro Amazonas opera house
– Mercado Municipal
– Museu do Seringau (rubber tappers museum)
– Boat trip to meeting of the waters and Lake Janauari
– Visits to the local riverbank communities
– Swimming with pink dolphins in Acajatuba
– Local handicrafts at Fundacao Almerinda Malaquias in Novo Airao

Starpoints
* Location in the heart of the Manaus- best area of town
* Owner Mauro and his excellent staff
* Help with planning local trips
* Peace and tranquillity by the pool

Try a different place if…
… you want a jungle lodge or a luxury pousada; this is a city pousada

Alison is a British writer, musician, and marketing consultant, based in Rio de Janeiro. She can be contacted on alison@hiddenpousadasbrazil.com. Visit her site at http://www.hiddenpousadasbrazil.com/.

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