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Manaus

Amazonas, North Brazil

What to do in Manaus

what to do in manaus

  • Amazon Gateway
  • Tucano Cruise
  • Opera House
  • Municipal Market

One of the best suggestions for what to do in Manaus is to visit the largest container of wildlife in the world, the Amazon Rainforest. Manaus is located in the middle of the rainforest, and along with Iquitos in Peru, there are few other places to experience the Amazon in all its grandeur.

Manaus is Brazil’s main gateway to the Amazon Rainforest and tourism is an increasingly important industry for the city. To compliment this, Manaus contains an international airport simplifying how to get to the Amazon Rainforest.

A tour of the city combined with a cruise of the Amazon Rainforest and River can be arranged by National Geographic’s most recommended Amazon jungle tours, the 8 day Tucano Amazon Cruise or the 5 day Tucano Jungle Cruise, which board at the Hotel Tropical located on the banks of the Rio Negro.

Manaus is the capital of the Amazonas state in north western Brazil, and was built in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest along the northern bank of the Rio Negro, 11 miles (18km) above the beginning of the Amazon River. As mentioned in the article on going to the Amazon Rainforest, Manaus with its bustling industry, is now the largest of the Amazon River’s urban centres

The city began as a small fort (São José do Rio Negrinho) built by Captain Francisco da Motta Falcão in 1669. The fort later became a mission and village called Villa da Barra, and was then changed to Manáos after an Indian river tribe; since 1939 it has been spelled Manaus.

The city grew heavily during the rubber boom of 1890 to 1920 that revolved around the rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis). Drawing wealth and migration to the Amazon River’s urban areas, you can see relicts of the industry in majestic city architecture, especially seen in the Teatro Amazonas built as a symbol of prosperity in 1896. Only the best materials would do for its construction and the makers imported French glass and Italian marble to decorate their masterpiece. In the 1920’s, upon the collapse of natural rubber market, the city of Manaus declined. It would only recover significantly after it was declared a duty free zone in 1967.

Manaus is now a major inland port accessed by ocean-going vessels from the Atlantic. Industry in the city includes brewing, shipbuilding, soap manufacturing, chemical production, manufacturing electronic equipment, and refining Petroleum from oil sourced from Peru. In addition to Brazil nuts, most of these products are major exports.

One other suggestion on what to do in Manaus is to visit the bustling Municipal Market (Rua dos Barés 6, Manaus). Here you can purchase most things from hats and Amerindian crafts to meats and fruits.

  • tucano amazon cruise

    Eight Days:

    Tucano Amazon Cruise Manaus, Brazil

    The Tucano Expedition Cruise begins and ends in Manaus, Brazil. You will cruise the Central Amazon Ecological Corridor on the Tucano, the only tour able to fully experience the reserve. You will explore many Amazon tributaries, both on forest walks and small-boat trips, and have a chance to visit deep forest settlers. You will visit terra firme and varzea forests to see colourful birds, monkeys, and magnificent rainforest trees.

    Naturalist Guide, Different River Sections
  • tucano jungle cruise

    Five Days:

    Tucano Jungle Cruise Manaus, Brazil

    The Tucano Jungle Cruise is a shorter version of the Tucano Amazon Cruise. You will cruise the Central Amazon Ecological Corridor on the Tucano exploring many Amazon tributaries, both on forest walks and small-boat trips. You will visit terra firme and varzea forests to see colourful birds, monkeys, and magnificent rainforest trees.
    Short Cruise, Guide, Forest Expeditions
  • Amazon Clipper cruise

    Three Days:

    Amazon Clipper Cruise Manaus, Brazil

    The Amazon Clipper Cruise has three, four, and six day itineraries exploring areas of the Amazon unknown to other tours. The shallow draught enables our boat to navigate tributaries unreachable from other vessels. We then leave the vessel on small boats with local guides to find flora and fauna of the Amazon Rainforest.
    Naturalist Guide, Different River Sections
  • Premium Clipper cruise

    Six Days:

    Premium Clipper Cruise Manaus, Brazil

    The premium alternative to the Amazon Clipper. Offering spacious all-outside cabins and private bathroom facilities with hot shower. Cruise in comfort on one of our three, four, or six day itineraries exploring areas of the Amazon unknown to other tours. The shallow draught enables our boat to navigate tributaries unreachable from other vessels. We then leave the vessel on small boats with local guides to find flora and fauna of the Amazon Rainforest.
    Naturalist Guide, Different River Sections
  • Premium Clipper cruise

    Six Days:

    Otter Premium Cruise Manaus, Brazil

    The Otter Premium alternative to the Amazon Clipper. Offering spacious all-outside cabins and private bathroom facilities with hot shower, accommodating smaller groups than the Premium Clipper. Cruise on one of our three, four, or six day itineraries exploring areas of the Amazon unknown to other tours. We leave the vessel on small boats with local guides to find flora and fauna of the Amazon Rainforest.
    Naturalist Guide, Different River Sections

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