can’t-miss activities in Manaus

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Meeting of rivers

From the plane window you can see the meeting of the waters of the Negro and Solimões rivers, which form the imposing Amazon River. But you can complement the experience with boat rides, visiting markets and restaurants on stilts on the streams. Try to feel the difference in temperature and texture between the dark and the muddy waters.

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Mercado Municipal Adolpho Lisboa

R. dos Barés, 46, Centro

On the outside, a 130-year-old art nouveau building inspired by the Les Halles market in Paris. On the inside, endless regional aromas and flavors, with fish like tambaqui and tucunaré and fruits like buriti, açaí and cupuaçu. If you’re not familiar with these ingredients, don’t worry: the vendors usually give thorough explanations about each item.

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Restaurante Banzeiro

R. Libertador, 102, Nossa Sra. das Graças

Exotic ingredients meet contemporary techniques at the restaurant run by chef Felipe Schaedler. Examples include foam of mandioquinha with ants and black rice with pirarucu (a regional fish) bacon. Schaedler’s creativity has won several awards for the locale, which has become a reference in new Amazonian cuisine.

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Palacete Provincial

Praça Heliodoro Balbi, s/nº, Centro 

The headquarters of the local government during imperial times in Brazil, this palace was revitalized in the 2000s and today is home to five museums: the Pinacoteca, the Museum of Image and Sound, the Numismatics Museum, the Tiradentes Museum and the Archaeology Museum, all free to the public.

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Teatro Amazonas

Avenida Eduardo Ribeiro, Centro

A symbol of prosperous times for Amazonian economy, this opera house has sumptuous décor, with halls designed by Domenico de Angelis and a dome that contains 36,000 ceramic pieces. These days, it hosts a large part of local spectacles, and it offers a tour that helps visitors experience the city’s privileged past.

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