Manaus is the capital of the state of Amazonas, in Northern Brazil. Founded in 1669 by the Portuguese, Manaus is situated in the confluence of the Negro and Solimões rivers. It is also Amazonas’ largest city. Manaus will be one of the host cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. If you want to visit Manaus, there’s a lot to see and do!
Visit Manaus: What to see?
Amazon Opera House
Built at the end of the 19th century, when fortunes were made in the rubber industry. The architectural style is typically Renaissance, with Carrara marble for the stairs, statues and columns imported from Italy and furnishing from France in the Louis XV style.
Rio Negro Justice Palace
Built in 1903 by a rubber businessman, it is today an historical monument very popular among tourists.
Formerly used as police headquarters, it is now occupied by several organizations, including the Pinacoteca.
Visit Manaus: What to do?
As Manaus is situated next to the Amazonian rainforest, you can take a boat on the Rio Negro or on the Rio Solimões and enjoy an unforgettable experience! Our advice: choose the Rio Negro because there are fewer mosquitoes. You can also embark for nocturnal expeditions and go to see snakes and caimans, as if you were a real Indiana Jones! A must-see is to go where the two rivers meet: the waters of the Rio Negro and the Rio Solimões run side by side for almost 4 miles without mixing, due to the great differences between water temperatures, acidity and current speeds. Don’t forget to check your yellow fever vaccine! If you plan to go in the jungle, bring a long sleeve shirt and a pair of pants.
There’s also a lot of parks where you can go: Ponta Negra Park (with an amphitheater with a capacity of 15,000 people), Adolpho Ducke Botanical Garden (an ecological reserve with lots of animal and plant species), Municipal Park of Mindú (an ecological area created in 1992 for scientific, cultural and educational purposes).
If you like to swim, Manaus has several public swimming areas and popular leisure spots (The Tarumã and Tarumãzinho for example).
For more informations about visiting Manaus, check out this useful site: www.manaus.info