The climate in the Amazon river
basin is characterized by equatorial humidity, with
heavy rainfall all year round. Manaus is famous for
its daily rainstorm each afternoon. The rain comes suddenly
and heavily, but once the storm is over the city quickly
Cool, lightweight clothing is
most appropriate for this region. It is important to
bring clothes which cover your arms and legs for protection
110 V, sometimes 220 V
The airport for both national
and international flights is situated some 17 km outside
the city. Bureaucratic formalities are notoriously slow
so arrive at least 2 hours in advance.
Manaus has many hotels of all
standards. Tourists often seek to stay in the forest
lodges in the Amazon, rather than in town hotels.
Business hours are the same as
the rest of the country. Some banks only offer exchange
services in the morning.
Manaus taxi drivers do not have
a good reputation, it is better to use radio cabs.
There is a hospital of tropical
medicine, where treatment is free and the staff are
used to dealing with foreigners. Tel: (092) 234-5955
to get there
Eduardo Gomes Airport, is situated about 20 km from
We recommend a regular transfer with Driver / Guide,
since you will be able to find out many useful details
about Manaus and the area during the ride.
Specially trained guides will receive clients on the
other side of customs with a name board and, on the
way to the hotel, they will give all the necessary information
about arrangements for the client´s stay in the Amazon.
For those who opt not to make use of this important
service, other transport is available:
Taxi to the city centres is about USD 25,00.
Should you decide to spend a night in Manaus before
going to a lodge, let BIT organize all local arrangements
as it will guarantee a much smoother service.
TRANSFER TO LODGE
For those visiting a Lodge, transport from the airport
or from the hotel to the pier is included.
Transfer procedures are described on button "Important"
under each individual lodge. See Hotels.
* As access to the lodges involves several means of
transport, passengers' luggage is, in many cases, limited
to about 5 kg.
* Flying out of Manaus
As Manaus is a Free Zone, airport procedures are the
same as for international travel. Travellers therefore
have to go through customs, even if they are flying
within Brazil. Groups should arrive at the airport at
least 2 hours before departure time. Prepare to cue.
is the capital of the Amazonas State and the hub of
the whole Amazon Region, with a population of about
one million (in 1991).
Manaus lies on the River Negro, seven kilometers from
the point where the Negro meets the River Solimoes to
form the Brazilian Amazon.
Transformed into a European-like capital thanks to the
rubber boom, Manaus was the first Brazilian city to
have trolley busses and the second to have electric
lights on the streets. When rubber started to be harvested
from plantations in the far East in the beginning of
the 20th century, Manaus rubber market collapsed and
the city went into decay.
Nowadays Manaus is a busy trade center, having been
transformed into a Free Trade Zone in 1966, encouraging
many new industries, especially electronics companies,
to move in.
Imagine a lavish 19th-century opera house imported in
its entirety from Europe that entertained the likes
of Sarah Bernhardt. Imagine a big river so wide that
it appears to be the edge of a vast ocean. Imagine a
jungle, surrounding the city, offering expedition tours
and activities you will have nowhere else on earth.Imagine
a big river so wide that it appears to be the edge of
a vast ocean. Imagine all this and you begin to have
an idea of what Manaus has to offer.
The settlement of Manaus originally became significant
because of one thing: rubber. The vulcanization process,
developed by Charles Goodyear in 1839, made natural
rubber durable. The patenting of pneumatic rubber tyres
drawn in 1888 by John Dunlop created a thirst for rubber
which made this the region's most valuable export.
As most of the rubber tappers worked under a system
of serfdom, the profits made by the plantaton owners
were phenomenal. Some of this money was poured into
the city of Manaus, creating a beautiful city with affluent
buildings and all the modern amenities of the time.
This prosperity was destroyed by one man. The Englishman
Henry Wickham smuggled seeds of the "Hevea brasilensis"
out of the country, successfully transplanting them
to Malaysia, where the well-ordered, highly-productive
plantations destroyed Brazil's monopoly of the rubber
trade and put an end to the prosperity of Manaus.
Manaus' decline was to some extent halted in 1967 when
it was declared a free trade zone. A gold rush in the
Amazon also increased Manaus' importance as a central
Amazon trading centre.
- From the Greek, "Amazon", woman warrior of antiquity
who rode horseback. Also applied to legendary women
warriors who once inhabited the Amazon.
- Derived from the Sanskrit "jangala", this word was
originally applied by anglo-indians to any impenetrable
vegetation. Today, Jungle is the popular term for Tropical
Rainforests, the World's most complex and spectacular
ecosystem. Of all the regions of Tropical Rainforest
in the world, the Amazon Jungle, one of the great wild
places left on Earth, is by far the largest. The Amazon
River itself carries a greater volume of water than
any other river in the world. With an area of approximately
6.5 million square kilometers, the Amazon is a part
of nine South American countries: Brazil, Colombia,
Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Guiana, Surinam and
French Guiana. The extraordinary wealth of plant and
animal life in the Amazon basin has attracted explorers
and scientists since the dawn of the sixteenth century.
At least 30.000 out of 100.000 species of plants in
Latin America are found in the Brazilian Amazon. The
wildlife is equally diverse: There are thousands of
creatures, amazingly different but each ideally suited
for its particular way of life in the jungle. Clearly,
this is a world of enormous fascination to everyone
interested in nature! With its legends and myths, the
reality of the Amazon is still an enigma for humanity.
- Name of indigenous tribe which originally inhabited
this particular area. Also meaning "Mother of God" in
the native tongue. The city of Manaus - capital of the
state of the Amazonas, with over 1.2 million inhabitants
- is today the best equipped starting point for Eco-tourism
in all of Brazil. Only a few hours from Manaus one can
find a full variety of lodges, boats and guides for
different activities. The Amazon is the ultimate last
frontier, and now is the ideal moment to discover it!
is the base of Amazon culinary, influenced by Indigenous
and a little Portuguese kitchen. Only about 10 fishes
out of 2000 different species are elected for the pan.
By all means don’t miss to try Tambaqui, especially
the rib BBQ (yes, we mean fish ribs, the size is amazing,
really) or as a pot-au-feu. Tucunaré and Pirarucu are
other two examples of delicious fishes.
dance halls with live music are opened just for one
day in the week. Ask your guide, driver or receptionist
which place is on demand on this very day. Tucanos,
Blue Angels, Ponta Negra (right by the Tropical Hotel)
are one of many hot spots.
From may on you can't miss to visit a "Curral", the
rehearsals of the "Bois" of Garantido and Caprichoso
(please refer to the video of Parintins)
Praca do Congresso, at the inland end of Avenida Eduardo
Ribeiro, is the centre of Manaus' nightlife, which doesn´t
really get going until well after 10pm and continues
through much of the night. bars and restaurants lie
along Avenida Eduardo Ribeiro, Avenida Sete de Setembro
and Avenida Getulio Vargas. There are a variety of bars,
some with live music and a relaxing atmosphere. For
those who want to try dancing forro, the main dancing
establishments are clustered in the Cachoeirinha district,
north of the centre.