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About Manaus and Places to Visit
Situated in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, Manaus is the capital city of Amazonas, a state in northwestern Brazil. Manaus was once the wealthiest city in Brazil in the late 19th Century because of a rubber boom. Today Manaus continues to play an important role in Brazil’s economy as a major inland port city on the Negro River.
Manaus is a destination for exploring lively street markets and tasting the delicious flavors of locally grown foods. This is a popular destination for taking in the sights and sounds of the market and bustling harbor, especially when music from live performers fills the air.
Manaus has several iconic attractions to explore. One of the most iconic buildings in Manaus is the Amazonas Theatre (The Teatro Amazonas). The theatre was built in 1896 in a French architectural style. Another iconic building is Palacio Rio Negro, the former mansion of a German rubber baron. Today the mansion serves as the official office of the Amazonas province.
The Amazon River attracts ecotourists to Manaus from all over the world. The Amazon flows from the Andes Mountains of Peru through six countries, including Brazil. The river travels more than 4,000 miles before it reaches the Atlantic Ocean. Another popular attraction in Manaus is a natural phenomenon that locals refer to as the “Meeting of the Waters”. The waters of the Rio Negro and Amazon River (referred to as the Solimões River in Brazil) meet but do not mix because of differences in temperature, speed and the amount of dissolved sediments in each river.
Adventure seekers can climb the trees of the Amazon Rainforest. As climbers ascend into the canopy from the forest floor, they witness a rarely seen world that is home to exotic plants, birds and animals found only in the heart of the Amazon. If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, take a stroll through Paco da Liberdade, the oldest part of Manaus where the architecture and cobblestone streets are reminiscent of Europe.
The primary airport that serves the area is Manaus International Airport – Eduardo Gomes (SBEG). The airport is located 8 miles (12.6 km) from downtown Manaus.