Deep in the heart of the Amazon rainforest lies the city of Manaus. Brazil’s seventh largest city is the starting point for most visitors to the Amazon. These tourists, who either arrive at Manaus airport or by boat after travelling up the river, usually don’t stay around for long but there are a few attractions worth checking out before you head off into the jungle.
Brazil Tourist visa for Manaus
Make sure that you give yourself enough time to apply for your visa to visit Manaus. American, Canadian, Australian and Japanese citizens are eligible for the new Brazil eVisa. This electronic visa allows you to stay in the country for up to 90 days. The Brazil eVisa application form makes the process nice and simple. All you will need to apply is a valid passport, a credit or debit card to pay for the visa and a valid email address at which to receive it.
Citizens of many other countries, including all member countries of the European Union, do not require a visa to enter Brazil. Check whether you require a visa by contacting the Brazilian embassy in your country before planning your trip.
Once you’ve taken care of the visa, you can start to plan what you’re going to do in Manaus Brazil. Manaus has a tropical climate and the Manaus weather is good all year round, but with considerably more rainfall in the winter months.
Here are our top places to visit in Manaus
Amazon Opera House
At the end of the 19th century, Manaus was the richest city in South America, thanks in large part to the thriving rubber industry. Perhaps no building in the city better symbolises the wealth and extravagance of that era than the Amazon Opera House. It opened on 31 December 1896 and was built using the very finest materials from across Europe. The opera house, which is home to the Amazonas Philharmonic Orchestra, is a beautiful example of Renaissance Revival architecture and both its exterior and interior are a splendor to behold.
The Meeting of the Waters
This natural wonder is a must-see for all visitors to Manaus. The city is located on the confluence of the Rio Negro and Rio Solimoes rivers. The former, as its name indicates, is jet black while Solimoes is light brown. Although scientists aren’t completely sure why, when these two rivers meet they continue to flow out to sea as two separate bodies of water. This makes for a striking spectacle.
This is the only zoo in the world to be run by the military. This is because it was intended to train cadets in the art of jungle warfare. Many of the animals on display in the zoo have been rescued and there is also an impressive aquarium and selection of parrots. The zoo is very reasonably priced and is easily accessible by bus. It’s a great way to see the impressive local wildlife up close.
Ponta Negra Beach
Manaus has several lovely river beaches to choose from, with Ponta Negra being the most popular. This beach is located in one of the city’s most exclusive and modern neighbourhoods and is thus close to great shops, restaurants and bars. A favourite with locals and tourists alike, it has a long stretch of fine sand and good facilities. The water is a good temperature for taking a dip and it’s easy to forget that you’re not at the seaside.
To discover more about other Brazilian cities be sure to check out our guide to Brazil’s top cities to visit.