10 Things to Do in Manaus That You Shouldn't Miss

December 19, 2017 Phylicia Berquist

When you can trek through the rainforests in the morning and take in a tear-jerking opera at night, you know you're in a special place. Manaus offers a rich variety of nature, culture, art and dining. Explore the lush vegetation of Amazonian jungle on a guided backpacking or river tour, or sample the colorful bounty of the Mercado Adolpho Lisboa. The stately Amazonas Opera House was built with the finest materials, and inside you'll be blown away by powerful performances.
Restaurants in Manaus

1. Teatro Amazonas

Avenida Eduardo Ribeiro | Centro, Manaus, State of Amazonas 69025-140, Brazil +55(92) 3622-1880
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Teatro Amazonas

This magnificent theater, crowned with a tiled mosaic dome in the colors of the Brazilian flag, features operas and other artistic Performances.

Reviewed By Continent8 - Funk

This is a nicely restored old opera house that nearly was destroyed instead of restored a few years ago------it is ashamed how some communities will destroy their heritage. My only regret is that there are not many Performances that you can actually attend here. It is well worth your time to tour it

2. Meeting of Waters

Rio Negro e Rio Solimoes, Manaus, State of Amazonas 69005-141, Brazil +55 92 99514-1469
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Meeting of Waters

Unusual meeting of the Amazon and Solimoes rivers

Reviewed By AustraliaDebra - Australia

It's really quite amazing how the to rivers just don't mix. It is something that you really should see.

3. Teatro Amazonas Museum

Largo de Sao Sebastiao, s/n, Manaus, State of Amazonas 69025-140, Brazil 92-3622-1880
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4.5 based on 937 reviews

Teatro Amazonas Museum

Reviewed By Kate M

This building is very pretty. It was built in the late 1800s, which seems pretty old based on how European it looks. My tour guide was good. His English was decent, but he spoke softly. But at R$10, it was definitely worth the entry fee.

4. Arquipelago de Anavilhanas

Parque Nacional de Anavilhanas | Bella Vista, Anavilhanas, 40km from Manaus Barra Do Rio Negro, Amazonas, Brazil, Manaus, State of Amazonas, Brazil 5592992059342
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5 based on 687 reviews

Arquipelago de Anavilhanas

Reviewed By Worldlywisdom - London, England

The Anavilhanas is an amazing natural wonder - a network of Islands that are 'flooded forests' every year in the wet season, before becoming actual Islands in the dry season. The Rio Negro is many kilometres wide in this section and when we went (early August), there were still wide waterways between patches of Forests although I was told that the water level drops quickly until October.
Our trip into the Anavilhanas was by boat and a little bit of trekking into the forest. Because it was during the late morning, there was little wildlife to see except the occasional bird. The acidic Rio Negro is not that hospitable to life so there are few fish around and consequently few other predators. We stopped by at the park rangers lodge and a village on the riverbank called Santo Antonio which I think are common stops on a trip to the Anavilhanas.
If you want to see more than foliage and water, it may be worth paying more for a longer multi-day tour into the archipelago. Also remember that the rainforest here is not typical Amazon basin rainforest because of the fact that it is flooded for some of the year. We stayed in Novo Airao for our trip

5. Espaco Cultural Largo de Sao Sebastiao

Praca Sao Sebastiao | Centro Historico, Manaus, State of Amazonas 69010-240, Brazil 559236221880
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Espaco Cultural Largo de Sao Sebastiao

Reviewed By Stone_Manaus - Manaus, AM

Manaus had its first financial climax during the rubber export boom.
During this period, Manaus became the Paris of the jungle. An amazing, well preserved and safe example is the area around the Amazon Theater (Opera House). There is a complex of historical buildings, and some of them became either cutural spaces or museums.
During the day is very crowded with locals and tourists. Good for regular tours.
At night, the main street "Eduardo Ribeiro" is quite safe, with some good bars and restaurants. It a good place to relax and wlk around. Talking to locals is a little hard (but you must try), but you´ll find many tourist relaxing, eating a pizza (SPLASH pizza place), so you can talk, share experiences and good tips.

6. Museu da Amazonia (MUSA)

Avenida Margarita | Cidade de Deus, Manaus, State of Amazonas 69099-285, Brazil +55 92 3582-3188
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Museu da Amazonia (MUSA)

Created in January 2009, Musa sits on a 100-hectare area at the Adolpho Ducke Forest Reserve, belonging to the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia [National Institute for Amazonia Research] - INPA, in Manaus, a native dryland forest area that has been passionately studied for the last 50 years. The results of this research, compiled in catalogs that broach topics such as plants, birds and frogs, tell what Musa wants to show visitors. At Musa, one can find Exhibitions, an orchid and a bromeliad house, a lake, Aquariums, and experimental snake, insect, and butterfly labs. A 42-meter high tower provides a magnificent view of the treetops, unforgettable at 6 am. Forest trails allow visitors to take pleasant walks and make surprising discoveries. At Musa, we develop research on science popularization and scientific and cultural education. A house of culture and science, of relationships and the celebration of diverse beings in the world. A place where humans and non-humans live happily together.

Reviewed By Wanderers58 - Biggar, United Kingdom

Took a tour from a cruise ship and over 30 people in the party which should have been split into two groups. As a result it was difficult to always be near the guide when he was giving information. Guide was knowledgeable and spoke good...MoreWanderers. We were sad that his tour was not so good. Possibly lacked organization to make an anticipated schedule so that our team could organize to better reserve its group. Anyway we believe that getting to know the Amazon was good for you. Thank you!

7. Museu do Seringal Vila Paraiso

Igarape Sao Joao - Acesso por barco na Marina do David, em Ponta Negra | Taruma Mirim, Manaus, State of Amazonas, Brazil (92) 3631-3632
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4.5 based on 737 reviews

Museu do Seringal Vila Paraiso

Tue-Sun 8am-4pm

Reviewed By Karlalindoso - Manaus, AM

Here you can have an amazing lesson to learn a lot about how everything was back on the robber plantation period.
Be ready to walk and be amazed by all the great things the tour guide will share with you.
It is an outdoor museum.
Make sure you stay here for about one hour.
You need to take a boat to get here. The boat trip is about 25 minutes.
If you need help on your way out dont worry! The tour guide will help you by calling a boat just for you whenever you wanna leave.
Very nice people!

8. Manaus Botanical Garden - MUSA

Avenida Margarita | Cidade de Deus, Manaus, State of Amazonas 69099-285, Brazil +55 92 3582 3188
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4.5 based on 358 reviews

Manaus Botanical Garden - MUSA

Reviewed By valleytrekker - los angeles

We spent some time at the botanical garden right after leaving Juma Lodge so it was a little anticlimactic but if you don't have time to go to a lodge, definitely visit but bring bug spray--there were more mosquitoes than we saw/felt anywhere else. Great variety of trees and some animals including two tanks of manatees. They have a small hut that sells handmade jewelry, etc. We bought some nice small baskets that a woman was making out of palm fronds.

9. Arena Amazonia

Avenida Constantino Nery 4117 4473 | Avenida Constantino Nery, 4117-4473, Manaus, State of Amazonas 69050-001, Brazil +55 (92) 3194-1600
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Arena Amazonia

Reviewed By LeonardoSiqueira - Sao Jose Dos Campos, SP

The arena was built for FIFA World Cup, but there is no regional league, so no regular games. No tour available, so if you want to take pictures, only from the outside.

10. Manauara Shopping

Avenida Mario Ypiranga 1300 | Adrianópolis, Manaus, State of Amazonas 69057-002, Brazil +55 92 3643-4700
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Manauara Shopping

The most complete shopping center in northern Brazil. Managed by Sonae Sierra Brasil.

Reviewed By smhenkel - West Bend, Wisconsin

Quick stop at the Shopping Center before the shops opened. The food court and trendy eatiers were open. Delicious local foods, plus the typical American spots (Bob's Burgers) Good for a quick bite.

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