The Amazon

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Museu do Seringal Vila Paraiso

    House/Mansion/Villa

    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

  • 5. 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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  • 6. 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

  • 7. Igreja São Sebastião

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    With its charcoal-gray exterior and medieval style, this neoclassical church (circa 1888) seems foreboding. Its interior, however, is luminous...Read More

  • 8. Museu do Índio

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

    The Indian Museum is maintained by Salesian Sisters, an order of nuns with eight missions in the upper Amazon. It displays handicrafts, weapons...Read More

  • 9. Palácio Rio Negro

    Centro | House/Mansion/Villa

    The extravagant Rio Negro Palace was built at the end of the 19th century as the home of a German rubber baron and was later used as the official...Read More

  • 10. Praia da Lua

    Beach–Sight

    Named after its crescent-shaped beach, Praia da Lua is on the Rio Negro, and is located 10 minutes away from Ponta Negra in Manaus. Avoid this...Read More

  • 11. Praia da Ponta Negra

    Beach–Sight

    Known as the Copacabana of the Amazon, this beach is next to the Hotel Tropical and has restaurants, bars, sports, and nightlife facilities...Read More

  • 12. Praia do Tupé

    Beach–Sight

    This lovely, clean beach on the Rio Negro is popular with locals and tends to fill up on Sunday and holidays. Calm waters make it a good choice...Read More

  • 13. Usina Chaminé

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

    In an early-20th-century sewage-treatment plant that never functioned, this cultural center on the banks of the Rio Negro features interesting...Read More

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