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. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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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  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Forte do Presépio

    Cidade Velha | Military Site

    Founded January 12, 1616, this fort is considered Belém's birthplace. From here the Portuguese launched conquests of the Amazon and watched...Read More

  • 12. Igreja Nossa Senhora das Mercês

    Comércio | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Another of Belém's baroque creations, this church is notable for its pink color and convex facade. The shell dates from the 17th century, and...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Museu de Arte Sacra

    Cidade Velha | Museum/Gallery

    A guided tour (call 48 hours in advance to reserve an English-speaking docent) begins in the early-18th-century baroque Igreja de Santo Alexandre...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Museu Emílio Goeldi

    São Brás | Museum/Gallery

    Founded by a naturalist and a group of intellectuals in 1866, this complex contains one of the Amazon's most important research facilities....Read More

  • 17. Museu Histórico do Estado do Pará

    Cidade Velha | Museum/Gallery

    The Pará State Museum is in the sumptuous Palácio Lauro Sodré (circa 1771), an Antônio Landi creation with Venetian and Portuguese elements...Read More

  • 18. 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

  • 19. Praça da República


    At this square you'll find a large statue that commemorates the proclamation of the Republic of Brazil, an amphitheater, and several French...Read More

  • 20. 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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