Where to stay in Manaus

Flying to Manaus, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest? Here’s our selection of the city’s accommodation districts, to help you plan your adventure!

Manaus is a city in north-western Brazil, on the banks of the Rio Negro. Capital of the state of Amazonas, the largest in the country, it is one of the main gateways to the Amazon rainforest. Travelling to Manaus means taking part in an unforgettable adventure in the Amazon rainforest, the world’s largest reservoir of biodiversity, as well as discovering magnificent buildings such as the Teatro Amazonas on Praça São Sebastião, the Mercado Municipal and the many churches.

From the city center to the depths of the jungle, finding accommodation in Manaus is an adventure in itself. Here are the best places to stay!

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Downtown

Centre-ville, Manaus

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Although located in the heart of the jungle, Manaus offers all the amenities of a large city, with numerous hotels, bars, restaurants, cultural centers and entertainment. The port district is a charming place with different architectural styles, entertainment and parks. It is close to the Manaus municipal market , which comes alive in the morning when the fishermen return and ends in the early afternoon. Also close to the Opera House, the municipal market is a must-see for its architecture and products, which City Tour offers to discover. Built on the model of Les Halles de Paris, it features stalls selling tropical fruit from the Amazon, medicinal plants and spices. A little further on, a whole section of the market is reserved for butchers and fishmongers.

If you like to take advantage of your travels to educate yourself, we recommend accommodation near the Palacete Provincial. Restored some ten years ago, it houses no less than 5 museums: a Pinacoteca, the Bernardo Ramos Numismatic Museum, the Tiradentes Museum, an Archaeology Museum displaying objects from the region and the Museum of the Images and Sounds of the Amazon. An important detail: admission is free.

Ponta Negra

The Ponta Negra district is located on the banks of the river. It’s a chic district with many luxury buildings for tourists and wealthy residents. It’s a very pleasant place to sleep, but also to go out in the evening for a stroll and enjoy a fruit cocktail, while admiring the Boi-Bumba folk dance performances.

In the heart of the jungle

Around 140 km from Manaus, you can stay in a hotel in the middle of the Amazon rainforest near Lake Juma, or opt for a two-day excursion in total immersion. In the jungle, you can admire the encontro das águas, where the black waters of the Río Negro meet the muddy brown waters of the Río Solimões. Because of their difference in temperature and density, these two waters do not mix. It is here that these two tributaries form the Amazon River.

This magnificent place will give you the opportunity to wake up in the morning with an incredible view of the river and fall asleep at night listening to the sounds of the wild animals that live in the jungle. Numerous activities are available, including fishing, caiman hunting and hiking, and if you’re lucky, you may even spot a few monkeys, sloths or parrots lodged in the trees.

Near the Taruma river

Fleuve Taruma, Manaus

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Just a 30-minute boat ride from Manaus, you can stay right in the heart of theAmazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge, in the middle of the forest on the Taruma River, in a place with around 60 rooms divided into 20 bungalows, close to the beach and, above all, 10 km from forest trails for observing Amazonian flora and fauna. You’ll have the chance to experience a unique moment while admiring the sunset over the river.