Anavilhanas: images of the incredible archipelago in the Amazon
Eduardo Do Valle
The Amazonian exuberance of this Brazilian archipelago as registered by the lens of photographer Valdemir Cunha
Anavilhanas National Park
When to go
The park is beautiful all year round. During the wet season, from March to August, the flooded forests are the highlight. Meanwhile, the freshwater beaches are more common during the dry season, from September to February.
How to get there
From Manaus, by car (112 mi [180 km] to Novo Airão), by van (approximately a two-and-a-half-hour trip), by bus or by boat.
There are at least six hotels and guesthouses near the park, all recommended on the official website.
LATAM has direct flights to Manaus departing from Brasília, São Paulo, Miami and 4 other destinations.
The Amazon in between banks
The dark waters of the Negro River define the contours of Anavilhanas, one of the largest fluvial archipelagos in the world, which was turned into a Brazilian National Park in 2008.
Flutuante dos Botos, one of the most memorable stretches on the tour, is located at Praia da Orla de Novo Airão. There you can interact with Amazon river dolphins – aquatic mammals that are present in Amazonian legends.
Even though 60% of its territory is submerged, Anavilhanas also has trails like the Barro Branco and Bariaú, which are filled with lianas and big trees, including tauari, white cedar, chestnut tree and sapucaia.
Imposing, the Negro River loses itself in the immensity of the forest. Here, an aerial photo in front of the hotel Tropical Manaus Ecoresort.
Between the municipalities of Iranduba, Manaus and Novo Airão, the complex has around 400 islands and different landscapes, with dense woods, flooded forests, caves, immense rocks and even freshwater beaches.
It’s from March to August, during the wet season, that the Negro River is even more beautiful, endlessly reflecting the sky.
The ultimate experience: to cross the flooded forests, through the top of Amazonian trees, where the silence is only interrupted by the sounds of animals and breaking branches.