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very small, so that it looks like a lake rather than a river; but the fainter wind causes waves to rise, lasting longer than in Solimoes; if the wind is more violent or even a storm, its waters had caps like the ones of the sea, scaring the navigators. This is also the only danger to Santa Isabel, where banks and violent rapids begin to appear in the river; further up, are the waterfalls.

Rio Negro rapids

In this river, there is nothing to fear from the collapsing of ravines, the fall of tree trunks on the bank or floating trunks. It is also free from the pest of insects (mosquitoes, piuns, maruis, cubucas, borcas and ants), which are the scourge of the Solimoes; however, this is only up to Santa Isabel; for from then on, to the springs, the piuns appear in dense swarms; you can not see the white and scarlet species of mites, the mucuim, almost invisible, that is in the grasses and clings to the passers-by, producing with their bites an intolerable bump and then little bubbles.

Mucium

In contrast to the Solimoes, whose banks are largely exposed to floods and are almost always swampy, the Rio Negro has clean, dry, sandy banks and higher ground, particularly on the southern side,

Rio Negro beaches

where the high, stony lands become frequently, for a distance of 200 to 300 paces, a sandy beach, covered with orange trees and open-breasted shrubs, like those of Campina, followed soon by the taller and denser forest. This same forest is not irregular, like that of the Solimoes, full of small and gigantic trees, shrubs, embaubas, palm trees, etc., in a landscape with the greatest variety of branches and the most varied color.

Forest of Rio Solimoes

It is, on the contrary, regular: the trees are of medium size with a uniform tonality and the brightness of the thick leaves, like the lauraceas, so that this forest looks more like an infinite trellis, under which one can walk at will.

Uniformity of vegetation on Rio Negro

It's a pity that these magnificent beaches are not animated by the music of the meadows, nor does this delightful scene display almost any kind of bird, and only very few monkeys. Since the Solimoes fertilizes its banks much more and the banks are rich and fertile, so it seems that all living things are abundant here.

When we sailed in the Amazon and Solimoes, we never lacked game for hunting, and each side of the boat brought us 50 to 100 fish of different sizes. The opposite happens in the dark waters of the Rio Negro. Neither the forest nor the waters offer prey; and you can be fishing all day and catch only one fish. To this the silence and uniformity of the forest, the black color of the water is added, which makes the trip melancholy, and it is only conducive to meditation. Also the

Forest of Rio Negro

 

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