Manaus, on the banks of the Rio Negro, flourished during the 19th century rubber boom, when the famous opera house and floating docks were built. Today economic activity has returned as it is a duty-free area for (mainly) the electrical industry. There are colourful markets (particularly for fish) and a boat trip to the meeting of the waters (where the brown Amazon, known here as the Solimões, meets the black waters of the Rio Negro) is popular.
Our preferred accommodation
Hotel MillenniumCity hotel - City CentreA modern high-rise hotel adjacent to a large shopping mall in the centre of Manaus, and a short walk from São Sebastião square (site of the famous Teatro Amazonas opera house). There is a restaurant, bar and gym, and the top floor outside deck offers stunning views across the city and has a lovely roof top pool.
Hotel Villa AmazoniaCity hotel - City centreJust half a block away from São Sebastião square (site of the famous Teatro Amazonas opera house), this boutique hotel has been created from a former rubber-planter's house. There are spacious sitting areas, a restaurant, and an infinity pool.