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From whichever direction your plane approaches Manaus, you will watch in awe as you pass over the enormous expanse of green wilderness before reaching your destination, this steamy port in the middle of the jungle.

The city is a product of the 19th century rubber boom, but today is the commercial hub of the entire Amazon region.


Manaus Opera House, ManausThe most incongruous sight is perhaps the city’s Opera House, a grand, marble-halled, chandelier-bedecked building that still puts on fine shows in the heart of the Amazon.

The hectic port area is an atmospheric blur of sailors, passengers and vendors, as goods and people arrive and depart. This is where you begin your trip into the Amazon, whether you will be staying at a lodge or taking a river cruise.

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Suggested itinerary featuring Manaus

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Manaus, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Our expert guides to exploring Manaus

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Manaus, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Manaus at its best.

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    Accommodation choices for Manaus

    We've selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Manaus. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    Ideas for experiencing Manaus

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Manaus, and which use the best local guides.

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