Top things to do

Top Choice Park in Manaus

Jardim Botânico Adolpho Ducke

Spanning over 100 sq km, this 'garden' is actually the world’s largest urban forest. There's a network of five short trails (guides and closed shoes required, two to three hours, free with admission) and an open-air…
Top Choice Theater in Manaus

Teatro Amazonas

This gorgeous theater was built at the height of the rubber boom, using European designers, decorators and even raw materials. The original driveway was Brazilian, though, made of Amazonian rubber to soften the clat…
Top Choice Peruvian in Tabatinga

São Jorge

Locals on both sides of the border rave about the authentic ceviche at this simple Peruvian-run spot: the mountainous pile of excellent citrus-cooked fish and onions served on a bed of sweet potatoes and chunky corn…
Top Choice Pizzeria in Manaus

Casa do Pensador

Simple wood tables set up on the plaza facing Teatro Amazonas make this an easy low-key place for dinner and a beer. The menu is equally low-key, mostly pizza (including a couple of veggie options) and standard rice…
Top Choice Live Music in Manaus

Porão do Alemão

Located on Estrada de Ponta Negra, this longtime bar-club features Brazilian and international rock and pop, and has a safe lively scene popular with tourists and locals alike. VIP area upstairs (R$40).
Museum in Manaus

Museu do Seringal Vila Paraíso

Located on the grounds of a former rubber-baron estate, this unique museum includes tours of the grand historic townhouse, a replica rubber-tapper shack and smokehouse, and a leafy trail showing how rubber trees are…
Palace in Manaus

Centro Cultural Palácio Rio Negro

The former home of eccentric German rubber baron Waldemar Scholz, the Centro Cultural Palácio Rio Negro was built in the early 1900s, and served for many years as the state capital and governor's residence. Con…
Waterfall in Barcelos

Serra do Aracá State Park

Although this state park was established in 1990 to preserve the unique canyons carved out by the Rio Aracá, it wasn't until recently that the massive waterfall at its heart was officially measured and certified. Tu…
Beach in Manaus

Praia da Lua

Manaus’ best beach has fine white sand and tea-colored water, and can be coupled with a visit to the Museu do Seringal for a nice city escape. Like all river beaches, Lua is biggest when the water is low (September …
Zoo in Manaus

Bosque da Ciência (INPA)

Occupying a lush forest plot within the city, Bosque da Ciência (aka INPA, for the research institution that runs it) has enclosures for rescued manatees, giant otters and more, and many smaller animals simply roami…