- Presidente Figueiredo
Lonely Planet review for Waterfalls
You need a vehicle to visit the waterfalls here. You can rent a car from Manaus, or take the bus and hire a taxi in Presidente Figueiredo. Or book a guided tour at Pousada das Pedras, which is certainly the easiest and more informative route.
The best and easiest falls to visit are Iracema (12km from town), Santuario (16km), Portera (19km) and Suframa (11km); further away is Pedra Furada (60km). About 12km from town is the town of Balbina, where the Water Mammals Preservation Center shelters manatees and other animals. Nearby, Caverna Maruaga - an attractive cave with a waterfall at its entrance and a clear shallow river running over its floor - was closed for fears of contaminating the river, and special permission from the tourist office is required to visit.