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    The Amazon River

    The Amazon river, with its 6400 km of length being the second longest river in the world right after the Nile, has its origin in Peru and ends in the Atlantic Ocean. It is first in terms of water volume due to the largeness of its basin which, with a surface of seven million square kilometres, is the biggest on the planet.

    The average flow rate at the mouth of the Amazon river is estimated at a volume of 180 000 cubic metres per second. The different nature of its influent streams is due to alluvial soils: the Rios Negros carry iron and organic matters while the rios limpides d’agua limpa and the Rios Blancos carry bright and opaque alluvial deposits. It’s a spectacular phenomenon which you can discover during your Peru Amazon tours in Amazonia.

    During the dry season the width of the river amounts to 4 or 5 km, whereas during the humid season, due to heavy rainfall, it can reach up to 50 km and the water’s speed can rise above 8 km/h.
    The hydroelectric power stations, like the one of Itaipu, take advantage of this power. However, projects like the mega flood barrage of Belo Monte in Brazil, for which the pharaonic construction works at the Xingu river have begun, are a threat to the indigenous villages which are defended by Chief Raoni.

    Two types of rivers in Amazonia

    The rivers, having their origin in the cordillera de los Andes, carry sediments and are of brown colour.  During the time of the river’s descent its banks are extremely fertile and during 4 or 6 months one can cultivate plants like maize, yucca, manioc and plantain, which grow very fast. The harvest thereafter has to take place before the river banks are flooded again. The interval between maximum and minimum water-level is around thirty metres, but the banks can be flooded over several kilometres. The land is very flat, hence the town of Leticia, point of departure of the treks and excursions, is at 4 000 kilometres from the Atlantic Ocean but only lies 80 metres above sea-level.

    As for the rivers whose sources lie in the forest, they have the color of red wine. Because of the high percentage of acidity, their borders are hardly fertile. Having their origin in the forest, these rivers rise a lot during the raining season because the swelled Amazon river blocks their exits. The swelling of the Amazon river itself is due to heavy rainfall and to the melting of the glaciers of the cordillera de los Andes during summer.

    The Amazon forest depends therefore directly on the Amazon river which itself depends on the cordillera de los Andes. When the rivers level is low, it’s the fishing season, when it is high, it’s hunting time.

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    Don’t overpay for taxi service

    Taxi has always been and remains the best means of transportation for tourists. The cost of the trip always has a reasonable price, and the speed of movement from one point to another is quite high, which allows almost everywhere to make it. There are many different companies that provide transportation services.

    To choose a cheapest taxi service can be difficult, and this is due to lack of information. Each company has its own logo or slogan, which will necessarily be present in the car. So, here are the following tips to choose the inexpensive taxi services.

    Define your requirements

    To begin with, in order not to make mistakes with the selection, you will need to define your basic requirements for the taxi service. When you need to quickly move from one place to another in Singapore, it is best to choose a Maxi Cab service that does not delay cars and in the shortest time can take you to the right place. However, it is necessary to pay for quality, which will arrive on time.

    Review the company

    By reviewing information about several organizations, you can choose the one that meets absolutely all your requirements and expectations. A good option that will not drive the cost out of your pocket, will read reviews about one or the other services in various forums. In the event that the forum is good, then you can find all the necessary information about various services, about cheap taxis or, on the contrary, expensive cars, which organizations can earn trust, and which ones would be better off not cooperating. Pay special attention to the personal reviews of people in the topics, it will help you choose your favorite taxi.

    Know the price

    Contact the Maxi Cab company you like and ask again for the price and additional services, as there is no guarantee that the current information is uploaded to the website. Also, which fleet the company predisposes, is it possible to choose a car from among the possible options, where you would like to go to the right place.

    Quality of vehicles

    It is important to find out which cars are suitable for serving in this service, to which you are inclined. From this, we can conclude if the price is suspiciously cheap, and the trip is expected to be extremely responsible, so order a reliable proven taxi.

    Not only the condition of the car should concern the management of the fleet, but also the physical and emotional state of the drivers. The policy of reputable companies is aimed at increasing the number of passengers.

    Waiting time

    The average car delivery time would be 15 minutes. Often cars come even earlier. But there are such services that do not come at all. Sometimes, you wait 15, 20, 30 minutes, but there is no taxi. Many will be familiar with this situation. A taxi driver can avoid getting into a traffic jam at peak hour simply by choosing another highway, saving the passenger time and taking him to a given place at the right time. So, choose such type of services.