Manaus is the capital of the Amazonas state and you’re unlikely to find many places that are further from the coast when it comes to a cruise at sea.
In fact, Manaus sits around 1,000 miles away from the ocean but remains one of Brazil’s most popular ports because it provides the opportunity to head deep into the Amazon to marvel at the stunning forest surroundings.
Manaus was founded by the Portuguese in the 1600s and developed rapidly thanks to the important role it had to play in the rubber industry – at one point becoming one of the wealthiest cities in the world as a result.
Whilst that only lasted as long as the rubber boom, Manaus remains a key trading port on the Amazon River basin and there are numerous markets to be found within the city where you can purchase all manner of local goods.
The Mercado Adolpho Lisboa is particularly popular, but with Manaus being a Free Trade Zone, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to pick up a bargain whilst ashore.
Whilst in the city, you might also want to check out some of the most popular sights, which include the imposing Amazonas Opera House, the Cathedral of Our Lady Immaculate Conception and the old customs house.
You could also visit one of the various museums that are focused on a range of topics, including the history of some of the local tribes and the rubber industry given the huge impact it had on the city.
However, the main reason why people want to visit Manaus is to explore the rainforest that surrounds it. You can come face-to-face with jungle wildlife as you spend time exploring the rainforest, whilst a trip on the Amazon itself could give you the opportunity to see alligators who can found swimming up and down the river.
One thing not to be missed whilst in Manaus is the opportunity to witness the Meeting of the Waters is something you won’t want to miss.
Here, the black waters of the Rio Negro and the yellow waters of the Rio Solimões flow side-by-side before merging together as one to flow down towards the coast.
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