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Welcome to Manaus

The gateway to the Brazilian Amazon is reachable primarily by boat and plane, and the forested landscape has been remarkably well-preserved. Travelers in search of an epic foray into the rain forest inevitably pass through this concrete jungle as a departure point. Manaus mixes cultures from the surrounding native tribes and the rubber boom days long ago. Explore this bustling city on a private or small-group tour with an expert guide to see where the Rio Negro and the Solimões rivers meet at the edge of the city, known as the ‘Meeting of the Waters’ due to the different shades running side-by-side into the Amazon River. Tour Manaus’ highlights by speedboat or land, including the Rio Negro Palace (now a cultural center), the opulent City Hall, open-air markets selling goods harvested from the river and the jungle, and the famous Amazonas Opera House. Most travelers use Manaus as a departure point for adventures in the Amazon rain forest, and a variety of tours suit every budget, schedule, and set of interests. Embark on a day trip to the nearby Presidente Figueiredo waterfalls to explore and swim, or book an all-out survival trek with a guide into the deep rain forest, for a few days or a week. Get ready to fish, paddle, or camp your way through the inimitable rain forest.

Top 10 attractions in Manaus

Amazon River

Amazon River

The mighty Amazon River and its enormous, thickly forested basin are the heart of South America and the guardian of 20 percent of the Earth’s fresh water. Visitors from around the globe come to Iquitos to cruise the river’s storied waters and catch a glimpse of diverse fauna both above and below the surface.More
Meeting of Waters (Encontro das Aguas)

Meeting of Waters (Encontro das Aguas)

The city of Manaus lies at the confluence of two great rivers, the Solimões and the Rio Negro. Due to the different colors of the two rivers, it's possible to see precisely where they meet, which is what makes the Meeting of Waters, or Encontro das Aguas, a checklist must-do for visitors to Manaus.More
Amazon Theatre (Teatro Amazonas)

Amazon Theatre (Teatro Amazonas)

Much of Manaus’ wealth came from the rubber boom, during which it was the region's most-important port city. Manaus Opera House (Amazon Theatre) is a fine example of the Belle Epoque-style architecture that was popular during this epoque; the interior features some 200 Italian chandeliers and furnishings imported from Europe.More
Presidente Figueiredo Sanctuary Waterfall (Cachoeira Santuário)

Presidente Figueiredo Sanctuary Waterfall (Cachoeira Santuário)

Located about 100 kilometers north of Manaus, Presidente Figueiredo's Sanctuary Waterfall (Cachoeira Santuário) is one of the top travel destinations for visitors to the region. Stationed along the Urubui River, where black waters meet the muddy Amazon, Sanctuary Waterfall is surrounded by thick rain forest and massive mossy rocks.Its picture-perfect location is ideal for travelers who want to explore the natural beauty of Brazil, navigate the rainforest and learn more about the flora and fauna that’s indigenous to the region. Plus, its close proximity to Iracema Waterfall and the town of Presidente Figueiredo make it a perfect day-trip destination for outdoor adventurists.More
Adolpho Lisboa Municipal Market (Mercado Adolpho Lisboa)

Adolpho Lisboa Municipal Market (Mercado Adolpho Lisboa)

The image of the art-nouveau cast-iron Adolpho Lisboa Municipal Market (Mercado Adolpho Lisboa) building is like a snapshot of the multiculturalism of Manaus as a whole. The building, inspired by Les Halles in Paris and constructed in 1882 during the Rubber Boom, is distinctly European, but when you step through the doors, there’s no mistaking you’re in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon.As the city’s main market perched on the banks of the Rio Negro, vendors here sell a bit of everything, and for the visiting tourist, it’s a great place to sample exotic fruits, learn about traditional Amazonian medicines or shop for souvenirs, like leather goods and índio handcrafted items.More
Manaus Botanical Gardens (MUSA - Museu da Amazonia)

Manaus Botanical Gardens (MUSA - Museu da Amazonia)

A lush enclave amid the vast Adolpho Ducke Forest Reserve, the Manaus Botanical Gardens (MUSA - Museu da Amazonia) offer you the chance to experience the wonders of the Amazon without straying too far from the city.More
Rio Negro Palace (Palácio Rio Negro)

Rio Negro Palace (Palácio Rio Negro)

Built in 1903 as the home of wealthy German rubber tycoon Karl Waldemar Scholz and then auctioned off after the decline of the Rubber Boom, the Rio Negro Palace (Palácio Rio Negro) served as the state capital and governor’s residence for many years until it was converted into a cultural center in 1997.Today, the main house and its outlying buildings contain galleries and performance spaces, including a coin museum and a fine art gallery. Visitors are free to wander the house on their own (most exhibits are marked with English explanations), but the Palace also offers free docent-led tours -- well worth it for those with an interest in Brazilian history.More
Ponta Negra Beach (Praia de Ponta Negra)

Ponta Negra Beach (Praia de Ponta Negra)

Ponta Negra Beach (Praia de Ponta Negra) on the Rio Negro is just over 8 miles (13 km) from downtown Manaus in a neighborhood known for its abundance of night clubs, bars, and restaurants. Visitors head to this popular beach destination not just to spend a day enjoying the sun and sand, but also to enjoy the area's famous nightlife.More
Port of Manaus (Porto Flutuante)

Port of Manaus (Porto Flutuante)

The Port of Manaus (Porto Flutuante) is an important commercial shipping and cruise port on the Rio Negro that serves as the gateway to the Brazilian Amazon. Situated in bustling downtown Manaus, getting to and from ship is easy; however, most visitors choose to spend a few days exploring the surrounding rain forests and rivers.More
Museu do Índio

Museu do Índio

This museum run by a congregation of Salesian nuns boasts a nice collection of artifacts showcasing the history, heritage, and culture of the region’s indigenous populations. Items on display include pottery, weapons, tools, ritual masks, clothing, and musical instruments from the tribes of the upper Amazon.More

Recent reviews from experiences in Manaus

Great personal attention
Deborah_B, Dec 2021
Amazon Private Transfer Service
Milton had a great command of English and shared many interesting stories and information about his city.
Like having a friend in town
Daniel_K, Oct 2021
Transfers from the airport to any place in Manaus City
His driving was great, he gave me excellent information about the city and things to do.
Fascinating tour from Manaus
Dennis_E, Feb 2020
Presidente Figueiredo Tour
The caves and waterfalls are fascinating to explore and the guides are excellent.
Smooth pick up
Danielle_B, Jan 2020
24hrs Private Transfer Service Airport to Hotel in Manaus
I already had other activities booked but this could be really helpful for travelers who arrive without specific plans.
Rudolpho was an excellent guide...
Susan M, Mar 2017
Half-Day Manaus City Highlights Private Guided Tour
Rudolpho was an excellent guide, allowing us to see everything possible in the one day we had in Manaus before boarding our cruise.
Unforgettable - should not miss out...
Jerry B, Apr 2016
Presidente Figueiredo Waterfalls Day Trip from Manaus
Unforgettable - should not miss out on this jungle waterfall tour during a Manaus stay - extraordinary tour professionals
Excellent tour, the highlight being...
Peter K, Jul 2014
Manaus City Sightseeing Tour
We were fortunate to visit whilst a rehearsal was in progress.
Wonderful, authentic Amazon experience
Susan_K, Mar 2020
8-Hour Amazonas Jungle Treck & Anavilhanas Archipelago
he had a good command of English, was courteous and helpful, he displayed an excellent sense of humor, and he went above and beyond to make every minute of our 8 hours an adventure to remember!
Manaus in Depth
Margaret_J, Jan 2020
Manaus City Tour and Meeting of the Waters
Then a trip to the Opera House with a chance rehearsal performance of a Christmas concert and then to Rio Negro and Provincial Palace with explanation in Rodolpho's perfect English.
Above and beyond
worldtraveler144, Nov 2018
Half-Day Manaus City Highlights Private Guided Tour
The guide spoke very good English and our driver was very good and cautious.
Consider what is included in this...
Alan_J, Jun 2013
Rio Negro Cruise from Manaus to the Amazon River
After eating all you want, you visit the giant lilly pads, then board a motorized canoe to see the flooded rain forest up close.
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