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Top Rated 7 Absolutely New Places to Visit In Manaus, Brazil

New Places to Visit In Manaus, Brazil

Rubber made Fort Sao Jose (where the Rio Negro meets Rio Solimoes) into the wealthy, modern city of Manaus. Manaus, Brazil prospered in the decades prior to Asian competition driving down the rubber price in the early 20th Century. Grand public and private buildings were made of expensive materials imported from Europe.

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It is the capital of Amazonas, and also a busy zone for free trade. In addition to the colonial buildings, its main tourist attractions are the numerous eco-tour options via boat and to lodges within the nearby tropical rain forest.

Teatro Amazonas: An Italian Renaissance-style Opera House

The famous landmark in the city is the Italian Renaissance-style operahouse. It was opened in 1896. Now it is a national monument. Manaus is a city that strives to be a hub of civilization. The cultural palace built in the forest’s primeval forest was constructed at great expense.

The majority of its materials came from Europe. The doorways are made of Italian marble, the staircase of English wroughtiron and many of the 198 chandeliers are made of Murano from Venice. The dome is made of 36,000 tiles, imported from Germany, and was completed in the first decade of the 20th century. Even the Brazilian woods used to decorate the palace were imported to Europe to make and polish the tiles.

The curtain is flat, and does not need to be rolled or folded. This shows the Rio Negro joining the Solimoes to make the Amazon. The theater went into decline after the rubber markets collapsed and the Manaus barons moved on with their fortunes. It was restored in late 1980s and is currently being used again for its original purpose.

Encontro das Aguas

It would not be possible to visit Manaus without seeing Encontro das Aguas. This is 20 kilometers from the city. It’s here that the dark-colored Rio Negro waters join the Rio Solimoes light brown water, to form the Amazon.

This is unusual because they run parallel for six kilometers and do not mix. While you may not be able to see it from the air, boat trips in the mingling waters is one of the most popular things you can do in Manaus.

There is a scientific basis for why water doesn’t mix. The combination of different densities, temperatures and current speeds helps to keep them separated.

A boat trip is the best way for you to see three distinct areas that are connected by a complex network of rivers and channels: the Rio Negro region, the Solimoes and the Amazon. It is best to go between September and November when the water level is low.

Anavilhanas Islands

Rio Negro, situated between Manaus and Novo Airao is an archipelago that includes 400 islands, hundreds of watercourses, and igapos. The archipelago stretches for around 90 kilometers. The Anavilhanas Nature Reserve is an area covering 350,000 hectares that offers a complete overview of Amazonian ecology.

Between November and March, the rivers are high. The islands become almost completely submerged, with around 180 individuals emerging from the water. These islands are populated by squirrel monkeys and night monkeys as well as sloths and a variety other birds such as parrots.

Parque Ecologico Janauari

The Janauari Ecological Park is 688 hectares and can be reached by boat in 45 minutes from Manaus. This park features several ecosystems: solid, varzeas (alluvial prairies), and Igpos (swampy forest). Motorboats are available to take you through this park’s complex network igarapes. They are narrow waterways, surrounded by lush vegetation that ranges between grasses and huge kapok tree.

Victoria Amazonica, a lake that is covered in Victoria Amazonica, is one of many highlights of the park. This giant water lily can be found only in Amazonia and has floating leaves of up to two metres in diameter. Its flowers last a very brief time. They begin as white, but turn purple in three days. It is home to a wide variety of birdlife.

Mercado Adolpho Lisboa

The Mercado, located on the Rio Negro’s banks, is a national monument. It was inspired by the Parisian Halles.


The market’s unique architecture aside, it is also one of the most visited places in the city. Tourists can get a glimpse into daily life in the area through the bustling activity. You can find everything you need, including fresh-caught fish and tropical fruit, in the market. Also, there are stand-up counters where you can meet other locals.

Palacio Rio Negro

This elegant and beautiful palace was built for Waldemar Scholz in 1903. It was used as his residence and later as the headquarters of the State Government of Amazonas. It was converted into a cultural hub in 1997. The main house can be toured as well the adjoining art gallery featuring Brazilian works.

The house has a rich interior and exterior with lots marble and native woods. The palace, along with the surrounding buildings, is now a cultural and educational center that hosts changing art exhibits and a concert venue. The grounds are lushly landscaped with plants and trees native to Amazon rainforest.

Museu Indio (Museum of the Indian).

The Museu do Indio is home to a collection more than 3000 objects, which illustrates the culture of the indigenous communities that live along the Rio Negro. It is operated by Salesian Sisters, who are dedicated to the Upper Amazon people.

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You will see displays that display local customs regarding children, farming, food, and hunting. The collection includes people from areas where Salesian Sisters lived, including the Yanomami and tribes from western central Brazil’s Mato Grosso. This is an excellent place to visit to purchase crafts.

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