Top things to do in Rio Negro Basin

Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Rio Negro Basin

Reserva Extrativista Baixo Rio Branco-Jauaperi

This newly minted extractive reserve is an outstanding place to immerse yourself in the best the Amazon has to offer, with excellent wildlife-watching – if you're here to see the Amazon in its pristine state, this p…
Top Choice 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…
Top Choice Brazilian in Novo Airão

Flor do Luar

One of the Amazon's best restaurants, Flor do Luar sits on a floating pontoon on the Rio Negro and serves fabulous food and cold beers. The specialty is the banda de tambaqui assada, a local fish cooked on the grill…
Top Choice Brazilian in Novo Airão

Mirante do Gavião Amazon Lodge

This classy restaurant in the lodge of the same name has an extensive menu, focusing on local ingredients with a few innovative riffs; the iconic pirarucú fish is grilled with sweet potatoes, coconut milk, lemon and…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Novo Airão

Fundação Almerinda Malaquias

The shop for this local foundation, set up to help local community projects, has an excellent choice of mostly wooden crafts, from carved animals and canoes to notebooks. We especially liked the tiny box of 20 diffe…
National Park in Rio Negro Basin

Parque Nacional do Jaú

Spanning nearly 23,000 sq km, Jaú is Brazil’s second-biggest national park, and one of the largest tracts of protected tropical rainforest on earth. It stretches west from the Rio Negro along the Jaú and Carabinani …
National Park in Rio Negro Basin

Parque Nacional de Anavilhanas

Stretching along the Rio Negro for almost 130km and with 400 islands, this national park, centered on the Anavilhanas archipelago, is one of the most rewarding excursions in the Rio Negro Basin. When water levels ar…
Beach in Barcelos

Praia Grande

This is Barcelos' biggest and most accessible beach. It's on an island directly opposite town and is a short boat ride (R$4) from the main dock. Shacks serve hot meals and cold drinks, especially on summer weekends.…
Nature Reserve in Barcelos

Arquipélago Mariuá

Hostel Manaus arranges engaging tours of various lengths to this massive collection of islands, the largest river archipelago in the world, southeast of Barcelos. You'll ply the winding waterways, visit island commu…
Brazilian in São Gabriel da Cachoeira

La Cave Du Conde

The refined menu, bar service and warm rustic ambience make this a pleasant surprise in the middle of the Amazon, but the main reason to come is to sample authentic regional and indigenous dishes, including São Gabr…