Best Place to Visit: Manaus
Located in the center of the Brazilian Amazon, Manaus is the largest city in the region and home to approximately 2 million people. The city itself is worth spending a little time in before you begin your Amazonian adventure. Sights include the Manaus Opera House with its pastel-pink Renaissance exterior.
Situated close to the incredibly diverse Central Amazon Biosphere, Manaus offers the quickest and easiest access to the jungle. You’ll find plenty of tour operators there, offering day trips and multi-day cruises that range in comfort and cost from budget to more upscale.
Throughout the surrounding region are plenty of jungle lodges and, to truly immerse yourself in the Amazon, it’s recommended to spend at least two nights in one of these. A stay will include transport to and from Manaus and meals, as well as guides and excursions such as canoe trips, short treks, visits to local communities, caiman-spotting and more. Generally, the further from Manaus you travel, the more pristine the environment and the greater chances you have of spotting wildlife.