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The Amazon

Manaus, capital of Brazil‘s largest state of Amazonas, is located in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, home to over 3,000 species of bird and animal life. Over 75% of Amazonas‘ population of 2 million people lives in Manuas, making it the state‘s economic powerhouse. The city‘s economy was given a strong boost by the rubber boom at the end of the 19th century, but later floundered following the arrival of cheap Asian imports in the early part of the 20th century. Despite its privileged position Manaus has few attractions and is used mostly as a stopover for excursions into the Amazon forest. The city‘s climate is hot and humid, and during the rainy season, from January to June, there are daily downpours. Boat trips with large and small tour operators leave from the Escadaria dos Remedios Port to do jungle tours, including piranha fishing and visits to Indian communities, ranging from day trips to months of travel. For more information on the different trips available call Emamtur at (092) 6332850. The city has its fair share of museum and cultural buildings as well as a private nature reserve called The Amazon Ecopark. The city‘s famous opera house, Teatro Amazonas, built at the end of the 19th century and recently renovated, still holds opera and ballet performances. All of the material used to build the theater was shipped over from Europe and it is still one of the city‘s most visited landmarks. Other attractions are the popular river beach with a full range of amenities, including bars and restaurants, as well as the waterfalls, Cascatinha do Amor and Cachoeira do Taruma. An interesting phenomenon, not to be missed, is the Econtro das Aguas, the point where the black waters of the Rio Negro meet the clearer waters of the Rio Solimoes, which can be seen from the ferry boat which travels between Careiro and the Porto Velho highway. The city‘s nightlife is centered around Praca do Congresso at the end of Avenida Eduardo Ribeiro, while some clubs can also be found in the Cachoeirinha district.



LINKS

www.pmm.am.gov.br
In Portuguese, general tourist information

www.manausnet.com.br/
General portal with news, events, information etc.

www.geocities.com/inaldoreis/
In Portuguese for the moment, English and Spanish versions in construction. General information

http://www.guia-manaus.com.br/
Commercial guide to Manaus in Portuguese, with hotel lists etc



Bed & Breakfast
Cozy B&B in the capital of the Amazon: Manaus. Beautiful house (15min drive from downtown) with spacious garden, hammocks, breakfast served on the patio, private baths, balconies; Great prices for top quality services!
From US$15/person (double room).
Website: www.geocities.com/bbamazonas
Email: bbamazonas@yahoo.com
Phones: 55-11-3622-7264 (SP) or 55-92-9122-0226 (Manaus)


HOTELS

Sombra Palace Hotel
Tel: (092) 234-8777
Price range: R$ 50 - R$ 60

Mônaco
Tel: (092) 622-3446
Price range: R$ 56 - R$ 66

Rei Salomao
Tel: (092) 234-7374
Price range: R$ 60-R$ 71

Krystal
Tel: (092) 233-7535
Price range: R$ 66-R$ 82

Central Manaus
Tel: (092) 622-2600
Price range: R$ 66-R$ 88

Imperial
Tel: (092) 622-3114
Price range: R$ 77-R$ 90

Lider
Tel: (092) 633-1326
Price range: R$ 70-R$ 108

Manaós
Tel: (092) 633-5744
Price range: R$ 85-R$ 100

Ana Cassia Palace Hotel
Tel: (092) 622-3637
Price range: R$ 90-R$ 110

Adrianópolis Apart Service
Tel: (092) 633-2001
Price range: R$ 136-R$ 166

Taj Mahal Hotel
Tel: (092) 633-1010
Price range: R$ 180-R$ 230

Novotel
Tel: (092) 613-1211
Price range: R$ 150-R$ 300

Tropical Manaus
Tel: (092) 658-5000
Price range: R$ 231-R$ 372



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