The Amazon

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Aerial photographs, films, and documentaries can give a sense of the Amazon's magnificence, but there is nothing like experiencing its majesty, and fragility, in person. Traveling in the Amazon may seem daunting at first, not least because of its size: the region covers more than 10 million square km (4 million square miles) and makes up roughly 40% of Brazil, divided between the states of Acre, Rondônia, Amazonas, Roraima, Pará, Amapá, and Tocantins. But don’t let its size deter you. With some advanced planning, you'll be able to plan your once-in-a-lifetime trip with minimal hassle.

The most practical way to explore the Amazon is by internal flights, which are efficient and often cost-effective if booked in advance. For those with more time and a keen sense of adventure, there is also an extensive boat network, which is the area's primary mode of transportation. River travel offers the opportunity to experience the region like a local and gain closer insight into Amazonian culture and nature.

In the vibrant city of Belém, you can marvel over an array of exotic goods at the Ver-O-Peso market, dine on Amazonian delicacies, and explore the spectacular white-sand beaches nearby, such as Alter do Chão. From Manaus, you can marvel at the Meeting of the Waters, and then set out for a jungle lodge. No matter what you choose to do, you'll be awed by the unique landscapes and magnificent wildlife.

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Ver-o-Peso
Market/Bazaar
Comércio
Basílica de Nossa Senhora de Nazaré
Museum/Gallery Religious Building/Site/Shrine
Nazaré
Teatro Amazonas
Arts/Performance Venue
Centro
View Tours and Activities
INPA–Bosque da Ciência
Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge
Petropolis
Praia do Pesqueiro
Beach–Sight
Meeting of the Waters
Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge
Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve
Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge
Casa das Onze Janelas
Museum/Gallery
Cidade Velha

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Language

Portuguese

Nearby Airports

BEL, MAO

Electrical Outlets

The current in Brazil isn't regulated: in São Paulo and Rio it's 110 or 120 volts (the same as in the United States and Canada); in Recife and Brasília it's 220 volts (the same as in Europe); and in Manaus and Salvador it's 127 volts. Outlets take Continental-type plugs, with two round prongs.

Currency

Real

Language

Portuguese

Electrical Outlets

The current in Brazil isn't regulated: in São Paulo and Rio it's 110 or 120 volts (the same as in the United States and Canada); in Recife and Brasília it's 220 volts (the same as in Europe); and in Manaus and Salvador it's 127 volts. Outlets take Continental-type plugs, with two round prongs.

Currency

Real

Nearby Airports

BEL, MAO

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