10 Sights and Highlights of Manaus, Brazil

10 Sights and Highlights of Manaus, Brazil

- Opera House (Teatro Amazonas)

The Opera House was built during the heyday of rubber trade, using materials from all over the world, and was once visited by all the most famous opera divas and maestros. There are regular guided tours in English and also frequent free performances; be sure to arrive at least an hour in advance to secure a seat. Prices vary.
Address: n/n Praça São Sebastião, Center, +55 92 3622-1880. Everyday, starting time of shows may vary.

 

- Mercado Municipal

The city's main market is modeled after the Les Halles market in Paris.
Address: n/n Rua dos Barés, +55 92 3234-8441. Every day, 8AM-10PM.

 

- Natural Science Museum (Museu de Ciencias Naturais da Amazônia).

Few locals visit this museum, know about it, or would even want to, considering that it's basically critters they'd find (almost) in their backyard. For visitors, though, it's a chance to see a live pirarucu and other fauna (mostly preserved) of the region. The museum was constructed single-handedly by a Japanese entomologist (specializing in butterflies) with his own money and resources. It's out of the way and about half an hour by taxi. The nearby INPA is a preserve and research center with birds and other wildlife.
Address: n/n Estrada Belem , Colonia Cachoeria Grande.

 

- Rio Negro Palace

The Rio Negro Palace was built by German farmers in the "golden age". Nowadays it's a cultural center and theater. It's one of the city's postcards. Prices vary.
Address: 1546 Av. 7 de Setembro , +55 92 3232-4450. Call for information on attractions.

 

- Ponta Negra Beach

it's a nice spot,and popular river beach. It has several bars and restaurants and is some distance west of the city. 

 

- Praia da Lua Beach

very clean and nice river beach a few kilometers from Ponta Negra upstream the Rio Negro. Access by shared motorized canoe from Estalagem de David.

 

- Paricatuba Waterfall

is on the right bank of the Negro River, along a small tributary, is formed by sedimentary rocks, surrounded by abundant vegetation. Access is by boat. The best time to visit is from August to February.

 

- Love Cascade

is in the Guedes bayou, with cold and crystal clear water, is accessible only by boat and, then, hiking through the Forest.

 

- The National Park of Jaú

The Park is situated in the lowland plateau in the Western Amazon and North of Amazon state, it is one of the largest National Park in Brazil and in Latin America. It is 2,272,000 hectares in size and 1,250 km of perimeter. It was created on 24th September 1980. It is of paramount importance in ecological terms for its high endemism and richness of its wild flora and fauna. Part of the Park area constitutes of varzea denominated as Pluvial Lowland .

Terra firme (formlands) is divided in two: (1) large flat tops separated by shallow valleys occupying the largest area, and (2) small hills on a higher level. There are small areas which are flattened by sand sediments in the Park central part. Open Forest is predominant throughout represented by either Tidal Flat Open Palm Forest especially in varzeas (wet lands) alongside Jau and Carabinani rivers, or Tidal Flat Canopy Dense Forests. In the tidal flat areas, frequently flooded, alongside the Carabinani and Jau rivers there are a great number of palm trees such as paxiúbas (Iriarte spp), cabbage palm (Euterpe oleraceae) and Jauaria (Astrocaryon spp). In older tidal areas, rarely flooded, the predominant palms are miriti and carana (Mauritia spp). Many other tree species are found in the Park area, some of them with commercial value such as Brazilnut tree (Bertholletia excelsa) and sucupira (Bowdichia virgilioides) and others.

 

- A River Tour on the Rio Negro 

If you take a river tour, go up the Rio Negro. From a three-night river boat trip from Manaus up the Rio Negro with a guide, you can expect to see some wildlife and visit some of the forest remnants, but two weeks or more are needed to reach untouched areas. Small two-story river boats carry five to ten people, sleeping in hammocks on the upper deck. Large boats carrying hundreds ply the river too, but the big boats don't stop between ports.

 


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