Earlier a little settlement at the Fort São José, the rubber transformed in Manaus changed Manaus into a cosmopolitan metropolis. In the early decades before the beginning of the mid twentieth century, before the competition from Asia drove down the prices, Manaus became very prosperous so much so that grand public and private buildings were constructed of costly materials imported straight from Europe.
Present day sees it as the capital of Amazonas state and a busy free trade zone. It has a lot to offer in the face of tourist attractions, its colonial buildings, many contour options and lodging facilities in the nearby rain forests.
Some of the best things that the city has to offer are mentioned below.
1 Teatro Amazonas
The Italian Renaissance-style opera house, the city's most famous building, was built in the 1896 and is now protected as a national monument. There was no expense spared to create this cultural palace in lieu of making Manaus a great center of civilization. For achieving this, most of the materials used for the construction were imported from Europe including doorways of Italian marble, English wrought-iron stairs, and many of the 198 chandeliers are made up of Murano glass from Venice and the remaining were brought in from France.
The dome of the palace was completed in the early 20th century, which is faced with 36,000 tiles which were imported from Germany. The palace's decor holds carved and polished native Brazilian woods.
Later in time, when the rubber market declined, and the Manaus baron went away with their fortunes, it was the time the Theater fell in despair. It's restoration was done in the late 1980s and has been thence being used for its initial purpose.
Contact details are as below
Address: Avenida Eduardo Ribeiro Centro, Manaus, State of Amazonas 69025-140, Brazil
Phone contact: +55(92) 3622-1880
2 Encontro das Aguas
One of the greatest natural wonder, this is the point of the confluence of the dark coloured water of the Rio Negro and the light-brown water of the Rio Solimões forming together the great Amazon. This is one the destination without visiting which, visit to Manaus would be incomplete.
One of the most unusual and unique attraction about the place is that the waters of the two rivers run together, side by side for a distance of six kilometers, without intermixing. Infact this confluence is so vivid in terms of color and size that it is visible in an ariel view. The boat view to this is one of the most demanded tourist activity in the place.
Many restaurant also lies in the proximity of the place. Some of the include Dona Pitanga Encontro de Sabores, Cafe Regional Das Loiras and Bar Das Paraenses.
3 Anavilhanas Islands
Flaked by Manaus and Novo Airão on the both sides, there lies an extensive group of islands of about 400 islands complete with islets, with hundreds of lakes, watercourses, and igapós stretching over for some 90 kilometers. The Anavilhanas Nature Reserve is an area of 350,000 hectares, offering a complete cross-section of Amazonian ecosystem.
During the time of November and April, when the river runs high, almost the entire land of the islands is submerged under water, only about 180 of the lot are able to stay above from water.
During this period of rains, these upstanding islands are flooded with a diversity of flora and fauna. The animal list includes squirrel monkeys; night monkeys; sloths; a variety of birds, including parrots, toucans, woodpeckers, and herons; and by caimans, turtles, and other reptiles and amphibians.
The contact details with the authorities are
Address: Parque Nacional de Anavilhanas Bella Vista, Anavilhanas, 40km from Manaus Barra Do Rio Negro, Amazonas, Brazil, Manaus, State of Amazonas, Brazil
Contact number: 5592992059342
4 Mercado Adolpho Lisboa
Located on the bank of Rio Negro, this is only one building of Manaus modeled on the Old Halles in Paris, featuring stained-glass windows as well as iron framework that was made in Gustave Eiffel's Paris workshop.
Protected as a national monument, this is one place famous for its architecture. Other things leading to its fame is its bustling activity and the insight the guests into the native life.
The place is full of jumble of stalls selling almost everything ranging from resh-caught fish and tropical fruits to T-shirts and local crafts. This also serves as the place where the residents of Manaus shop for dinners and share small chats with their friends
5 Parque Ecológico Janauari
Located at distance of 45 minutes by boat from Manaus, this is a 688 hectare Janauari Ecological Park featuring a variety of ecosystems including solid land, várzeas, and igapós. One of the best way of communion in the park is a boat, a motorboat takes people through the park's intricate network of igarapés, these narrow waterways are surrounded by beautiful vegetation that ranges between grasses to giant kapok trees.
One of the major sights in the area is the lake covered with Victoria Amazonica, the water lily is found only in the Amazon region. The leaves of this lily span over a diameter of two meters. Though the flowers have a very short span of time, the flowers have a beauty that is unique
The contact details are as below
Address Rio Negro / Rio Solimoes Salidas Marina David / Manaus Moderna, Manaus, State of Amazonas, Brazil
Contact number: 9281824793
6 Palácio Rio Negro
Located Avenida 7 de Setembro, Manaus, Amazonas, this elegant and elaborate palace was built in 1902 made as a residence of a German rubber merchant named Waldemar Scholz. This place was later converted as the seat of the state of Government of Amazonas.
Again in 1997, this place was converted into cultural center, making a publicly accessible place. This place plays home to variety of artifacts of the native Brazilian works, along with the decor of the house is almost as elaborate inside as it is elegant on outside using a heart full of marble and native woods. The grounds also present a heartwarming sight beautifully decorated with native shrubs, trees and flowers making it a sight to it.
Contact information is as follows.
Contact number: 559232324450
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