Bosque da Ciência is a forest rich in local flora and fauna. This area is home to several wild animals like monkeys, sloths, turtles, otters and myriad tropical birds. There is also a manatee pool with underwater windows. Many species of plants, including poisonous and medicinal plants, and many trails and treks that attract hoards of tourists can be found here. Tours are held here throughout the year.
Admire the Igreja São Sebastião or the Church Saint Sebastian for its quaint architecture and aesthetic element. Built in 1888, the church has a huge dome and archways with beautiful paintings on stained glass. These tell the story of the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian and old fables from the Bible. You can also find murals of angels everywhere in the church. With extravagant facades built in the Gothic style, this church is a popular attraction.
Though located on the city outskirts, this little stretch of sand attracts visitors by the droves. It's no surprise, considering, Ponta Negra, the neighborhood from which the beach takes its name, is replete with some of the city's most happening nightlife options. Besides the usual beach activities, Praia da Ponta Negra also sees numerous cultural activities throughout the year at the amphitheater located on the south end. Fantastic dining and entertainment options surrounding the beach make it ideal to spend the entire day here.
Discover the stunning diversity of Amazonian plant life at this fantastic facility on the city outskirts. Named after the renowned Brazilian botanist, the botanical garden borders the Reserva Florestal Adolpho Ducke. The park is aimed at conserving native plant life and spreading awareness of the regional ecosystems. The sprawling park has been thoughtfully laid-out with numerous trails to help fully experience the natural features. Keen enthusiasts can check out the research center for detailed information. There's an on-site cafeteria as well as a library. Check website for more.
Explore the stunning natural beauty of the Amazon at this fantastic facility located on the Rio Negro. From sylvan forested areas and beautiful lakes, to the flooded rainforests and a rich diversity of native vegetation, the sprawling Lake Janauari Ecological Park is representative of Amazon's world-renowned natural features. Access to the park is through a boat ride from the city, and tours of numerous durations are offered by the operators.
Alfândega, literally meaning "Customs House," was built as far back as 1906, and is known for being the first building in Brazil to be built with stone blocks. With raw materials brought from England, this building stands tall as one of the major landmarks of Manaus. With quaint archways and intricate carving, its medieval Renaissance architecture makes it a major attraction for hoards of tourists. The tall tower and the lighthouse that looks like a turret complete the aesthetic circle of the building.
When one thinks of the Amazon, one cannot ignore its rich flora and fauna. Zoológico do CIGS brings to you this very aspect of the world-renowned rainforests. With about 60 species of animals and over 5,000 visitors per month, this is one of the city's most popular attractions. One of the zoo's primary activities is aimed at the preservation and protection of animals. There is also a research team, that is in collaboration with the state government and the army to look after the welfare of the animals. From large spotted jaguars and cougars to the exotic Amazon toucans, the zoo gives you the feeling of being in a rain forest. This place is especially popular amongst tourists and children.
Boasting of a spectacular location on the edge of the rainforest, Praia do Tupe is one the city's most beautiful beaches. The pristine white patch of sands jutting out into the dark river waters form a stunning natural landscape at this beach. Because of its secluded location, tourist facilities at the beach are limited, and as such there's not much to do apart from soaking the sun and the scenery. Access to the beach is through boats leaving from various points in the city.
Sitting amidst the lush landscape that flanks the Tropical Manaus Ecoresort, this zoo is one of the most interesting facilities on offer at the resort. The zoo was established in 1976 to showcase a small collection of native wildlife species.Today, the zoo boasts of a rich diversity of Amazonian wildlife, with no less than 91 species. Besides marveling at the native wildlife, visitors can partake in the numerous educational programs aimed at spreading awareness. Prior permission to visit is required for guests not staying at the resort.