Manaus (pop. 1.2 million), capital of Brazil’s massive Amazonas state, was founded in 1669. During the past century’s rubber boom Manaus became one of the world’s most prosperous cities, and the opulence of those days may still be appreciated viewing the city’s magnificent Teatro Amazonas Opera House. After competition slowed the rubber industry, the city fell into decline. Today, however, Manaus is thriving once again as the Upper Amazon’s transportation hub and distribution center. For visitors daily river cruises and boat transfers depart to jungle lodges situated one to five hours from the city. Once in the jungle, activities include jungle hikes, night outings, piranha fishing, camping, boat tours, and wildlife viewing.
Three to four nights
When to go
Due to its proximity to the Equator, Manaus features a tropical climate with hot and humid conditions ‘year round. The rainy season extends from December to May. Nevertheless the area may be visited year ‘round since the rainforest transforms itself from season to season thus creating different possibilities for activities, tours, and flora and fauna observation.
• City tour including the famous Opera House and waterfront market
• Meeting of the Waters: Boat tour to see this unique phenomenon, where the Rio Negro and Solimoes Rivers meet to join the Amazon.
• Jungle Experiences: Spend two or more nights in a jungle lodge and participate on jungle treks, boat tours, fishing, wildlife observation, night photographic safaris and much more.
• Jungle cruise: Take a jungle cruise up or downriver and uncover secrets of the mighty Amazon.