The Amazon

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  • 1. Basílica de Nossa Senhora de Nazaré

    Nazaré | Museum/Gallery

    It's hard to miss this opulent Roman-style basilica—not only does it stand out visually, but there's an enormous samauma tree (kapok variety...Read More

  • 2. Casa das Onze Janelas

    Cidade Velha | Museum/Gallery

    At the end of the 18th century, sugar baron Domingos da Costa Barcelar built the neoclassical House of Eleven Windows as his private mansion...Read More

  • 3. INPA–Bosque da Ciência

    Petropolis | Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Used as a research station for the INPA (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisa da Amazônia), the 13 hectares of tropical forest here are home to a...Read More

  • 4. Jamaraquá


    A 40-minute speedboat trip south of Alter do Chão is the community of Jamaraquá, which has developed a strong cultural identity. Here you can...Read More

  • 5. Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    The largest freshwater tropical reserve in the world, Mamirauá is about 1,050 km (650 miles) west of Manaus on the Rio Solimões. The reserve...Read More

  • 6. Mangal das Garças

    Cidade Velha | Park/Playground

    City beautification efforts to increase tourism and encourage environmental conservation led to the creation of the Mangrove of the Egrets,...Read More

  • 7. Meeting of the Waters

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Outside Manaus, the slow-moving, muddy Amazon and the darker, quicker Rio Negro flow side by side for 6 km (4 miles) without mixing. If you...Read More

  • 8. Museu do Seringal Vila Paraiso


    Originally constructed as part of a film set, this rubber museum is in a 19th-century mansion on the banks of the Rio Negro, a 25-minute boat...Read More

  • 9. Praia do Pesqueiro


    Thirteen km (8 miles) north of Soure, Praia do Pesqueiro is the island's most popular beach. When you stand on the white-sand expanse looking...Read More

  • 10. Teatro Amazonas

    Centro | Arts/Performance Venue

    Built during the rubber boom of the late 1800s, the grandiose Teatro Amazonas was financed by wealthy Brazilian rubber barons who wanted a cultural...Read More

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  • 11. Ver-o-Peso

    Comércio | Market/Bazaar

    Its name literally meaning "see the weight" (a throwback to the time when the Portuguese weighed everything entering or leaving the region)...Read More

  • 12. Bosque Rodrigues Alves

    Marco | Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    In 1883 this 40-acre plot of rain forest was designated an ecological reserve. Nowadays it has an aquarium and two amusement parks as well as...Read More

  • 13. Caju Una


    Tricky access has ensured that this breathtaking beach and its associated self-sustaining fishing village have remained remote. The village...Read More

  • 14. Camará


    One of the island's most important ports, Camará is where many boats from Belém dock. Buses to Camará pass by the riverside in Soure regularly. ...Read More

  • 15. Capela de São João Batista

    Cidade Velha | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Prodigious architect Antônio Landi finished this small octagonal church in 1777. It was completely restored in 2013 and is considered the city...Read More

  • 16. Catedral da Nossa Senhora da Conceição

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built originally in 1695 by Carmelite missionaries, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception (also called Igreja Matriz) burned down...Read More

  • 17. Catedral da Sé

    Cidade Velha | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In 1755 Bolognese architect Antônio José Landi, whose work can be seen throughout the city, completed this cathedral's construction on the...Read More

  • 18. Cave Paintings

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    One of the largest sites for cave paintings dating 10,000–12,000 years ago is in Monte Alegre. Thousands of cave paintings can be seen in the...Read More

  • 19. Centro Cultural João Fona


    To learn more about Santarém's culture and history, head for the Centro Cultural João Fona. This small museum has a hodgepodge of ancient ceramics...Read More

  • 20. Estação das Docas

    Cidade Velha | Marina/Pier/Dock

    Next to Ver-o-Peso market on the river, three former warehouses have been artfully converted into a commercial–tourist area. All have one wall...Read More

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