Place Manaus

Manaus is the capital and largest city of the Brazilian state of Amazonas. It is the seventh-largest city in Brazil, with an estimated 2020 population of 2,219,580 distributed over a land area of about 11,401 km2 . Located at the east center of the state, the city is the center of the Manaus metropolitan area and the largest metropolitan area in the North Region of Brazil by urban landmass. It is situated near the confluence of the Negro and Solimões rivers.
The city was founded in 1669 as the Fort of São José do Rio Negro. It was elevated to a town in 1832 with the name of “Manaus”, an altered spelling of the indigenous Manaós peoples, and legally transformed into a city on October 24, 1848, with the name of Cidade da Barra do Rio Negro, Portuguese for “The City of the Margins of the Black River”. On September 4, 1856, it returned to its original name.Manaus is located in the center of the world’s largest rainforest, and home to the National Institute of Amazonian Research, being the most important center for scientific studies in the Amazon region and for international sustainability issues. It was known at the beginning of the century as Heart of the Amazon and City of the Forest. Currently, its main economic engine is the Industrial Park of Manaus, a Free Economic Zone. The city has a free port and an international airport.

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Post 2019
How to have adventures on your Amazon cruise
Atlas Obscura 2015
Encontro das Águas (Meeting of Waters)

Discover Encontro das Águas (Meeting of Waters) in Manaus, Brazil: This striking, two-toned confluence of rivers is visible from space.

Atlas Obscura 2019
Museu do Homem do Norte (Northern Man Museum)

Discover Museu do Homem do Norte (Northern Man Museum) in Manaus, Brazil: This anthropological museum offers a glimpse into the lives of the Indigenous peoples of the Amazon River Basin.

Atlas Obscura 2010
Teatro Amazonas in Manaus

Discover Teatro Amazonas in Manaus in Manaus, Brazil: A beautiful opera house in the heart of Amazonia has recently restarted performances after a 90-year hiatus.

Atlas Obscura 2012
Ariau Towers

Discover Ariau Towers in Manacapuru, Brazil: An Amazonian hotel is the ultimate treehouse and provides stilt based accommodation.

Atlas Obscura 2021

Discover Biatüwi in Manaus, Brazil: The only restaurant serving indigenous foods from the Amazon.

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