The Amazon attractions

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 Forest in Pará

Floresta Nacional do Tapajós

If you came to the Amazon to see primary rainforest, look no further than the Floresta Nacional do Tapajós. Wildlife is a possibility – from birds to primates and even the (very) occasional jaguar – but it's the sen…
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 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 Lake in Santarém

Lago Maicá

The floodplains east and southeast of Santarém are one of the Amazon's most rewarding excursions. Flooded for much of the year, it's home to fabulous birdlife (including toucans and macaws), pink dolphins, howler mo…
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 Market in Belém

Mercado Ver-o-Peso

The name of this waterfront market, with its iconic four-turreted structure at its southwestern end, comes from colonial times, when the Portuguese would ver o peso (check the weight) of merchandise in order to impo…
Top Choice River in Manaus

Encontro das Águas

Just beyond Manaus, the warm dark Rio Negro pours into the cool creamy Rio Solimões, but because of differences in temperature, speed and density, their waters don't mix, instead flowing side by side for several kil…
Top Choice Market in Belém

Estação das Docas

An ambitious renovation project converted three down-at-the-heels riverfront warehouses into a popular gathering spot, with restaurants, bars, shops and even an art-house theater. There are river views and displays …
Top Choice Historic Building in Xapuri

Casa Chico Mendes

This simple wood house is where Chico Mendes lived with his family until his murder on the back steps in 1988. Tours include a graphic description of the moment he was shot, with bloodstains still on the walls. Acro…