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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 Market in Belém

Estação das Docas

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

Tasca Mercado

Fresh-baked baguettes, focaccia and other breads, plus flavorful additions like garlic eggplant, caramelized onions and smoked salmon, are the raw materials for a variety of tasty sandwiches at this trendy high-ceil…
Top Choice Live Music in Alter do Chão

Epaço Alter do Chão

There's always something worth seeing at this cool music-culture-restaurant space at the east end of the waterfront promenade. There's live carimbó most Saturday nights, and guest bands play rock, forró, samba, regg…
Top Choice Food Hall in Belém

Estação das Docas

One of the best places in Belém to eat no matter what you're hungry for. The bustling complex has almost a dozen restaurants, most with indoor and outdoor seating and open for lunch, dinner and late-night feasting. …
Top Choice Brazilian in Santarém

Restaurante Piracema

Considered by many to be the best restaurant in town, Piracema uses regional ingredients and flavors but serves dishes you'll find nowhere else. The signature dish is the peixe á Piracema, a spherical construction o…
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 Arts & Crafts in Alter do Chão

Araribá Cultura Indígena

Arguably the best indigenous art store in the Amazon, with items ranging from inexpensive necklaces to museum-quality masks and ceremonial costumes, and representing communities throughout the Amazon basin. Shipping…
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…