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Old 6 Apr 2004
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Brazil BR-319?

Does anyone have current information as to the status of Brazil BR-319 between Manaus and Humaita? There was a post about 1 1/2 years ago that it was being paved. Has that actually happened?

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I've been searching for recent info on this stretch for a while. But I think I just drive up there and see the conditions for my self. You can always take the boat to manaus from humanita. The only info I found on the web were plans of reconstructing the road.

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I received this email from a travelagent in Manaus.
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The road BR319 is all broke down from 180 Km Manaus-Humaita.
The thing is that it would be possible to go anyway if you would have a
way to cross the rivers passing by the road : the bridges all felt down !

Nobody, no buses, no truck, nothing along the Br319...
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We are going to have a go at this raod in november 2004. If it's to bad it always possible to take a barge to Manaus.
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Road is in excellent condition in dry season

Hi everybody,

I just got to Humaita on BR-319 today. First 120-130 km are paved and last 50-60. There is a work going on on both ends, re-paving and new bridges being built. There is about 300 km of the desolate part. Most bridges were repaired and are in excellent condition now. There were only 3 so-so bridges, but they will probably be replaced soon too.

I spent two nights inside the Embratel tower fences (right by the fence). One night a truck came to check me out (I assume it was Embratel workers) and they didn't bother me, even though I clearly jumped over the fence.

There are 3 ferries over the rivers at the Manaus end of the road. They are rip-off, but it's not like you have any options.

There are traces of pavement even in the most desolate part. Apparently, the road was paved in its full length, once upon a time.

Not sure what it's like in rainy season, but in the condition I saw it, it's not a challenge at all.

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Hi Mark,

Got your PM, but I can't reply to it since I don't have enough credits (posts). So I have to reply to you here and pollute the thread. I'm already in Lima. I rode interoceanic hwy from Brazil to Peru. Brazilian side was boring, but from Puerto Maldonado to Cuzco, it was fun riding.

I guess we won't run into each other, but I hope you have a good time riding BR-319. It's probably as good as it gets in the Amazonas. I'd say stay away from Transamazonica. Too much dust from the heavy traffic. Nothing adventurous or scenic about it either. Just 2000 km of dust.

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Look at this:

"In recent weeks many road users have been seeking information from the Federal Highway Police (PRF "Policia Rodoviária Federal") for journeys using the BR 319, but the research held between May 21 and June 9 in order to record the traffic conditions of highway linking Manaus to Porto Velho warning to motorists to avoid the BR 319."
Humaita is at the middle of the road

original source: PRF alerta para as condições de tráfego BR 319


Maybe take a boat between Manaus/Humaita would be better.
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Umaita 2 Manaus

Hey guys I will be in Umaita in 2 weeks im planning to go up to manaus ,im riding a afrca twin ,if anyone looking for a partner to do this road let me know ,carlospezao@hotmail.com
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Has anyone ridden this route recently? Any idea of petrol avaliablility on the way?
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According to Dnit, the government agency responsible for the roads (more or less like DOT in the US) the road still in really bad shape

http://www1.dnit.gov.br/rodovias/con...Amazonas&drf=1

About 400 km (between Km 237,1 and 655,7) have this description in Portuguese:

"Difficult road traffic, roads on precarious state and subject to interruptions. No asphalt. Impassable in the rainy season (Jan to Jun). Swampy ground conditions and poor signage"
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Just an update as we went through a couple of weeks ago. There is a very bad muddy section but its only for 8km from the military base at about km 215 coming from Manaus. They are very helpful and housed and fed us for a few days when our clutch gave up. The rest is rough and slow going but not too horrible. Everyone says you can´t get through as a bridge at about km 350 is out and I don´t think will be fixed anytime soon. We were lucky maybe and there was a canoe on the other side so a 50m swim and a bit of paddling got us across. Might be hard getting your bike in and out of the canoe if you are by yourself or have a big bike. (we have a 250 and it was big for the canoe). The road would be very bad after a lot of rain.
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Br319

my advice is not to do this route. this is the road running south from manaus not the Trans Amazonica which runs mainly east to west through Brazil
My husband and I completed this route late 2005. (on an R1100GS and F650GS respectively) this first few hundered kms were not too bad but then after that it became sheer hell. a muddy hell with broken and non-existant bridges.

I imagine this road will never be improved by the Government despite what they may state it is presumably not worth their investment.
however the maps still show this 'road' as being major main road...it is most definitely not.

please do not attemept this -especailly on big bikes- there are better ways - go by the river Amazon!
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One persons hell is another persons adventure. This road was one of the highlights of our trip. I can see how it would be bad on a big bike but the animals and the untouched jungle made it a great experience. Here are some photos of the worst parts.

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Way to go!!

That road changes every year from the wet season to the dry season and it is going to be a lot different from when it was back in 2005.

I looking forward to hitting this road later this year. An American rode it back in early fall of 2010 solo and had no problems what so ever. Brazil is the adventure because its so big. I will not be mising out on this stuff.
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Hola Chad

Hi Chad
Amazing photos on your trip through BR 319, and very helpfull coments. I want to do this route in the coming months, heard July-Sept is dry seasson and have some questions that I would appreciate very much if you can advise me:

How many km do you have to ride with no gas stations?
It seems like riding it alone in a big bike like KTM 950 would be imposible unless the road would be dry, do you think it could be completely dry from Jul-Sept to attempt it?

That river crossing you show, any chance that bridge would be fixed soon?, do you think that canoe will hold a biger bike?

what is it like to sleep in that area? Mosquito and heat wise?

Did you have any rain and on what date did you go?

Thank you very much any help would be greatly aprecciated. Please respond to fborrero@macrovisionmedia.com

I am in Ecuador so if you plan to come this way you have a place to stay.

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I'm currently in Northern Argentina, heading north via Bolivia, Peru, etc till I get to Venezuela, then fancy heading down that route from the north, is it easy down to Manaus? or are there still bridges out and really rough road conditions? As I'm riding an old BMW R100GS/PD, not the lightest travel bike on the planet! But looks an amazing route!
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