Manaus is the capital city of Amazonas located near the convergence of the Negro and Solimões Rivers. This point marks the beginning of the Lower Amazon River. A highlight for tourists is an excursion through the Amazon Rainforest. Your adventure begins at the Port of Manaus. Tethered to the floating docks are a spectrum of vessels. They range from small wooden rowboats to three-deck riverboats called gaiolas. The latter are used primarily to ferry passengers and cargo along the Amazon River. Your vessel is neither of these extremes. So, hurry along. Your tour guide and captain await you.