Travel and Tourism
Staff da Amazônia Travel Agency
Manaus is a bustling commercial city located in the Amazon rainforest. It's the capital city of the Amazonas state of Brazil. Located next to two rivers, the Solimoes and the Negro, and only a short distance from the ocean, it's a busy port with ships exporting several products manufactured in the local area.
Manaus, also known as City of the Forest and Heart of the Amazon, was established in 1669. The official name was changed several times through the years, but it hasn't changed since 1856.
It ranks 12th in size of all the cities of Brazil, but ranks as the 2nd largest city in the Northern regions of Brazil. The nearly 2 million residents of Manaus are within the city area of about 6,4 kilometers (4 miles) total.
Neighboring cities include Novo Airao, Presidente Figueiredo, Rio Preto da Eva, Iranduba, and Careiro. It's roughly 3.219 kilometers (2,000 miles) from Brazil's capital city of Brasilia.
Many people may not even realize Manaus exists and that could be because of its isolated location in relation to the rest of Brazil. The best way to get there is to fly or to go by boat given that you cannot reach it by road for several months of the year due to the rainy season.
Several local industries are thriving and include soap manufacturing, tourism, manufacturing of polyethylene stretch film, electronic equipment manufacturing, brewing, oil refining, Brazil-nuts, building ships, timber, motorcycle manufacturing, plastics manufacturing, styrofoam manufacturing, and chemical production.
The climate is categorized as a tropical rainforest, which means there is a lot of rain for at least half of the year. It's extremely humid, so you should dress accordingly if you plan to visit. Manaus' winter season occurs from June to August, but even then the weather is warm. Average temperatures are between 30 degrees and 36 degrees Celsius (86 degrees and 97 degrees Fahrenheit) year round. Manaus has the following attractions:
- Mercado Adolpho Lisboa - cities' oldest market place
- CIGS Zoo
- Palacio Rio Negro - the White House of Manaus
- Natural Science Museum
- Federal University of Amazonas
- Teatro Amazonas
- Ponta Negro Beach
- Trekking the Amazon Manaus
- Meeting of the Waters
- Amazonas Opera House
- Justice Palace
- Manaus Botanical Garden
- Adolpho Ducke Botanical Gardens
- Museum Seringal Vila Paraiso
- St. Francis Church
- Bar do Armando - night life
The Brazilian Embassies and Consulates abroad maintain updated web sites, that provide information about visas and entry requirements, such as immunizations, depending on where you are coming from, as well as other practical information and health tips. Please take some time to review the entry requirements to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Brazil has agreement for visa exception with several countries. Citizens from all other countries do need a tourist visa to enter in Brazil. This includes, among others: USA, China, Japan, Russia, Canada and several more. The tourist visa provides coverage for attending scientific conferences, seminars, or meetings. Note that tourist visa holders are not allowed to engage in any paid activity in Brazil, but they can get per-diem allowances. In order to request a tourist visa, it is necessary to contact the nearest Brazilian Consulate.
AMERICAN CITIZENS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT IT MIGHT TAKE MORE THAN ONE MONTH TO GET THE VISA IN THEIR CASE. For other citizens, it should usually take a couple of weeks or less. Please check this with the nearest Consulate as soon as possible.
Yellow Fever Immunization International Certificate is required for obtaining a visa, as well as upon entry in Brazil, if the traveller has been within the last 90 days to any of the following countries: Angola, Benin, Bissau Guinea, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Colombia, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guiana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenia, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Surinam, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda or Venezuela.
Yellow Fever Immunization International Certificate is advisable if applicant's destination in Brazil includes any of the following States: Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Federal District, Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul,Minas Gerais, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima and/or Tocantins;
Please Remember: These Immunization Certificates are valid for 10 years and can only be accepted 10 days after the first inoculation.
The national language is Portuguese. However, the Portuguese spoken in Brazil is quite different, both in accent and intonation, of that spoken in Portugal and other former Portuguese colonies. English and Spanish is spoken in some hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions.
At Manaus-Amazonas the electrical power is 110 V, 60 Hz.
The local currency is the Brazilian "Real", usually denoted as R$ or BRL. It circulates in banknotes of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 Reais, and coins of 0.01, 0.05, 0.1, 0.25, 0.5 and 1 Real. There are two versions of coins (old and new style) and two versions of the R$ 10,00 banknote, both in circulation. Major credit cards (Visa, Master, Amex, Diners) are widely accepted at most hotels, restaurants and stores.
A 10% tip is usually already included in the bill at restaurants and bars. You are not obligated to pay this tip, but usually nobody complains. Of course you may leave a higher tip if you wish. If the tip is not included, it will be explicitly indicated in the bill.