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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. Jamaraquá

    Town/Village

    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

  • 3. 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

  • 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. Praia do Pesqueiro

    Beach–Sight

    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

  • 7. 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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  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Ilha do Amor

    Beach–Sight

    Jutting out into the river across from the main square, this fat finger of golden sand is one of Alter's picture-perfect postcard shots and...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 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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