Manaus is known as Paris dos Trópicos (Paris of the Tropics), due to its intense modernization during the rubber cycle (a period of great economic and social growth in Brasil). Manaus is located right in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. From the rubber cycle, the city inherited beautiful buildings, built with fine materials imported from Europe. The city’s main attraction is the Amazonas Theater, with its colorful dome made of 36 thousand pieces of glazed ceramics.

Manaus it stands out as the main metropolis of the region and is the natural entrance to the forest. Boats are the main means of transportation to the jungle hotels, that allow visitors to see the Encontro das Águas (water clash) of the Rio Negro and Solimões, to dive with pink dolphins in Anavilhanas and visit seaside resorts such as the Praia da Lua.

Tours in large rivers or narrow creeks also provide contact with coastal communities, and provide the opportunity to meet the Indian influence in its core. One of these influences is the local cuisine, with its exotic dishes. Among the dishes that arouse curiosity is the tacacá, a species of soup prepared with tucupí, dried shrimp, cassava and jambu leaves.

Among the fish, the main ones are the tambaqui, matrinxã, jaraqui, tucunaré and pirarucu, baked, stewed or fried. For dessert, we recommend local fruits, such as açaí, cupuaçu, graviola, araçá, buriti and taperebá. These delicacies can be tried in several restaurants in town.

The next tip is also have fun: go to the Ponta Negra Beach. Take your swim suit and get ready for a delicious bath in the waters of the Rio Negro. The location is a tourist complex with gardens, observatories, sports courts, an auditorium for 15 thousand people, a skateboarding rink, playground, in addition to kiosks and restaurants that serve typical food. Perfect for a day-long visit.

Continuing with the urban itinerary, another place for you to meet is the Povos da Amazônia Cultural Centre, located in Bola da Suframa (in Manaus’ industrial polo). The exhibitions, open to visitation, provide a unique knowledge experience regarding the people of the Amazon Continental.

Source: Portal VisitBrasil

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