Things to Do in Manaus, Brazil

Things to Do in Manaus, Brazil
Located in the heart of the Amazon, the city of Manuas is a center point for tourists in Brazil. Whether you're looking to travel to remote native communities in the jungle, study the exhibits in the mansion that make up the Museu Amazonico, watch a furious game of soccer on city streets, or spot endangered primates at the Parque do Mindu, this popular city has much to show.

The Amazon

Exploring the Amazon is, without a doubt, the real reason to come to Manaus. Located in the middle of the Brazilian rainforest, this city of more than 1.5 million is the hub from which forays into the Amazon are made. Trips include both one-day and multi-day, fully equipped expeditions deep into the jungle. Short walks to nearby Lago Januario with an option to do some piranha fishing are also available. Three- to six-day boat cruises are also available through Amazon Clipper Cruises. Still another option is to stay at a jungle lodge such as Anavilhanas, much further from the city.

Amazon Clipper Cruises

Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge
Av. Eduardo Ribeiro, 520 sala 304
CEP 6958-400 Brazil
011 (+55) 92 3622 8996


Take in the sights in the Centro. Manaus is, for the most part, a sprawling town with its center located along the river on a slight hill. Here, visitors can tour many of the city's highlights on foot. Attractions include the Praca da Saudade, the center of the Centro with a large plaza, amphitheater, food stalls and small amusement park; the Teatro Amazonas, the most easily recognizable structure in town and elegantly designed in an Italian Renaissance style during the 1890s; the Igreja de Sao Sebastiao, a neoclassical church; and the Centro Cultural Palacio Rio Negro, which plays hosts to performers and sometimes serves as a gallery. After all that walking, visitors can cool off by heading to the river beaches at Praia de Ponte Negra or Praia de Tupe.

Manaus Tourism Information


Take a break and head to the beach for an afternoon of swimming and sunbathing. Praia de Ponta Negra, Ponta Negra Beach, is found just 13km from the Centro and makes for an appropriate respite after all that jungle camping and sightseeing. Busy with both residents and tourists, this beach sits in a protected cove of the Ponta Negra River and is lined with fine, white sand. Summer houses, bicycle and walking paths, volleyball courts and a playground are favorite pursuits for those who still have the energy for more. During the evening hours, this area comes alive with its riverside bars, restaurants and street performers.

Praia de Ponta Negra

Article Written By Mike Biscoe

Mike Biscoe has been writing since 2009. Focusing on travel, sports and entertainment topics, he has credits in various online publications including LIVESTRONG.COM and Trails. He often writes articles covering uncommon travel destinations from firsthand experience. Biscoe holds a Certificate of Completion in acting from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.

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