Nature Tourism in Manaus is the ideal destination for those looking for cultural and historical richness, typical northern cuisine and ecotourism in the middle of the Amazon. Therefore, check out 10 unmissable tours in Manaus amidst or on nature.
A metropolis in the middle of nature. This is Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas. Surrounded by the Amazon Rainforest, the city of just over two million inhabitants receives a high number of tourists annually, attracted by its natural beauty and the grandeur of the Amazon.
With excellent hotel and tourist infrastructure, Nature Tourism in Manaus covers everyone, especially ecotourism lovers. Those who visit the destination with this purpose will land in a true amusement park focused on nature. There are several activities that include trekking in the forest, boat trips along the Negro and Solimões rivers, observation of animal species and visits to indigenous villages present in the region.
Ecotourism in Manaus – 10 unmissable tours
1 – Meeting of the Waters
Meeting of the Waters in Manaus: Rio Negro and Solimões River. Photo Clóvis Miranda – Amazonastur.
Firstly, the Meeting of the Waters is one of the highlights of your visit to Manaus. This “meeting” occurs when the dark waters of the Rio Negro and the brown waters of the Rio Solimões merge and form the Amazon River. The phenomenon occurs due to a series of factors, including: temperature, density and river speed.
To see this natural attraction up close, there is the possibility of taking a boat trip. These tours are offered by travel agencies located in the city center, in shopping malls and at the waterway. Some tours include in the package: swimming with dolphins, visiting indigenous villages and fishing.
2 – Adolpho Ducke Forest Reserve
Observation Tower in the Adolpho Ducke Forest Reserve. Photo: Disclosure.
Created in October 2000, the Adolpho Ducke Forest Reserve is a mandatory stop for nature lovers. Through guided trails it is possible to immerse yourself in the Amazon Rainforest and all its magnitude.
Its main attraction is the MUSA (Amazon Museum) which offers a huge variety of attractions to visitors such as: guided trails, exhibitions, orchid and bromeliad nursery, butterfly garden, water lily lake, as well as the most sought after attraction by tourists: a 42 meter high (26 mile) observation tower with a privileged view of the entire forest reserve.
The Tower’s opening hours are from Monday to Sunday (except Wednesdays), from 9am to 5pm (the Musa entrance gate closes at 4pm). Sunrise and sunset, bird watching and visits at special times must be scheduled.
- Price to climb the tower at normal times: R$ 20.00 per person.
- Price to climb the tower at special times: R$50.00 per person.
- Information and bookings: (92) 3582-3188 / 99280-4205 or email@example.com
Location: Av Margarita, Cidade de Deus – North Zone of Manaus.
3 – Mindu Municipal Park
Mindu Municipal Park. Photo: Ingrid Anne.
The Mindu Municipal Park was founded in the late 1980s under pressure from a popular movement created by residents of the Parque Dez neighborhood. Therefore, the movement aimed to protect the natural habitat of the Manaus Sagui-de-Manaus, a primate species threatened with extinction. and city mascot. It worked out.
Currently, Mindu is one of four conservation units in the state of Amazonas and offers visitors excellent infrastructure that includes an amphitheater, libraries (with a collection of more than 2,000 books), snack bars and trails.
The name “Mindu” is a reference to one of the best-known streams in the Amazonian capital. Mindu is the longest stream in Manaus.
Location: Rua Perimetral, S/n – Parque Dez de Novembro / Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 5am to 5pm / Free entry.
4 – Ponta Negra Beach
Ponta Negra Beach. Photo: publicity.
The Ponta Negra Tourist Complex is one of the main “spots” in Manaus. Located in one of the most noble areas of the capital of Amazonas, on the banks of the Rio Negro, the beach with fine white sand, wide promenade, sports courts and viewpoints, enchants everyone who visits it.
5 – Seringal Museum
Seringal Museum. Photo: Disclosure.
Founded in 2002, the Seringal Museum was initially created to serve as a recording set for the film A Selva, directed by Leonel Vieira.
During the visit, visitors are invited to delve into the era of the rubber cycle in the Amazon, one of the most important moments in Brazilian economic history that occurred between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. There are several environments, mainly outdoors.
One tip, bring repellent and sunscreen.
Location: Igarapé São João, 25 minutes from Manaus leaving Tarumã Mirim (access is by boat leaving from Marina do David, on Ponta Negra Beach).
6 – Moon Beach
Praia da Lua: Photo Mário Oliveira – MTUR.
Another freshwater beach for you to enjoy in the Amazon! Praia da Lua is one of the most coveted destinations in the northern region and is located on the right bank of the Rio Negro, about 23 kilometers (14 mile) from Manaus.
Access to Praia da Lua is by boat or speedboat departing from Marina do Davi, close to Praia da Ponta Negra. The crossing lasts, on average, 10 minutes.
7 – Amazon Peoples Cultural Center
Cultural Center of the Peoples of the Amazon. Cultural Center of the Peoples of the Amazon.
Do you want to learn more about Amazonian culture and diversity? So be sure to include the Centro Cultural dos Povos da Amazônia out of your itinerary.
The place is home to several attractions, including the Museu do Homem do Norte, which portrays, through a collection of more than a thousand pieces distributed in four environments, the various aspects of Amazonian man and his relationship with nature.
At the Cultural Center you have the opportunity to experience more Amazonian culture through spaces such as: Casas do Caboclo, Casa da Farinha, Barracão do Guaraná, Tapiri de Fumação da Borracha, Tapiri do Seringueiro and one of the biggest attractions of the cultural tour : the replica of the Xapono Yanomam retina.
Location: Av. Silves, 2222 – Crespo / Open from Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 5pm.
8 – Science Forest
Science Forest in Manaus. Photo: Caroline Rocha INPA.
Bosque da Ciência is the perfect attraction for those looking for T in Manaus.
The Science Forest has rich biodiversity and is a great option for leisure and ecotourism in Manaus.
During your visit, it is not uncommon to come across wild animals such as pacas, sloths, capybaras, monkeys, among other species. Furthermore, it is possible to pay a visit to animals that have been rescued, such as manatees, alligators and otters. Very worth the visit!
Location: Av. André Araújo, 2,936 / Open from Tuesday to Friday at two times: from 9am to 12pm and from 2pm to 5pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 4pm.
9 – Sumaúma State Park
Sumaúma State Park. Photo: Yasmin Feitosa.
Founded in 2003, Sumaúma State Park is the first conservation unit in the state of Amazonas. With 53 hectares of rich biodiversity, the place is visited by students, researchers and tourists.
Location: Av. Bacuri, s/n – Cidade Nova / Open from Monday to Saturday from 8am to 5pm.
10 – Indian Museum
Indian Museum in Manaus. Photo: Disclosure.
Finally, our last attraction, the Indian Museum, is a great tour for those who want to learn more about the culture of the indigenous people living in the Amazon region. The space is an invitation to immerse yourself in this rich culture.
However, for those who want to take a souvenir home, it is possible to buy it in the museum shop.
Location: Rua Duque de Caxias, 356 / Open from Monday to Saturday from 8:30 am to 11:30 am.