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Manaus Travel Guide: 300 reviews and 843 photos

Manaus is the capital of Amazonas and situated on the Rio Negro, just 10 kilometres upstream from the point where Rio Negro meets the Solimoes and forms the Amazon River.

The city has grown from an old 17th-century Portuguese fortification to a city of around 1.7 million inhabitants.

The rubber boom in the middle of the 19th century gave Manaus a boost, it was an era of great luxury and some of the city’s most impressive buildings (for instance ‘Teatro Amazonas’ and ‘Mercado Municipal’) were built at that time.

With the end of the rubber boom, Manaus went into a very hard time, but a turning point was reached in 1967 when ‘the Manaus Free Zone’ was established.

Now, the city has become an important industrial centre for the manufacture of electrical and electronic goods – and Manaus is also an important centre for ecological tourism.

I spent 10 fantastic days in the Manaus area in November 2005, first 7 days in the jungle - living on a river boat – and later 3 days in Manaus itself (at Hotel Brasil). The jungle tour was the absolute highlight and you can read more about my journey on my travelogues (part 1-3).

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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    What an adventure you had! Would love to see half that you saw, all those animals and birds, fantastic! Have seen a Cannonball tree which is similar to yours, different colour fruit though!

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2009 at 3:42 AM

    Amazing Amazon - another delux tour - OK, dat dolphin done did it! grazie for stunning travelogues! <(•¿•)>

  • hej-ansson's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Wonderful page. HEJ :-)

  • melosh's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2007 at 4:45 AM

    I am not generally impressed by VT travelogues that try to be records of a trip, but you have produced a great 5 part travelogue -- Good pictures, good interesting details and no boring travel details.

  • RafaelTheSecond's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2007 at 11:19 AM

    Manaus is quite an interesting city, beaches, historical buildings telling us a great moment in our history where the rubber production ruled everything, now Manaus is the HOME OF GREAT REVELLERS LIKE US!;)

  • Zarasher's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2007 at 8:18 AM

    wonderful sunset picture!


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