Downtown Manaus, Manaus
The Opera House, The Amazonas theatre was inaugurated on December 31st 1896, and it is the most important architectonic building from the prosperous rubber period and main artistic cultural patrimony of the Amazonas State.
On the outside of the building, the dome is covered with 36,000 decorated ceramic tiles painted in the colors of the national flag. In the shape of a harp, the central nave can seat 640 in the auditorium and the 3 floors with box seats. Toward the back, the stage curtain projects the painting "Meeting of the Waters"; originally done in Paris by Crispim do Amaral.
It works regularly as an opera house, and every year, in the first semester of the year, there is the annual Opera Festival, which presents national and international Operas.
People come from all over the world to see them.
The food. All of it was inexpensive and well made. The variety is excellent. I ate tounge of some kind, chicken hearts on a skewer, and some other stuff that could have been just about anything. It was all pretty darn good. If you can't eat here, you can't eat anywhere. I ate in fancy restaurants and at sidewalk cafe's.
Fondest memory: My first night in town my co-workers took me to this little place with no name that we could tell. It was a big open parking lot with a converted city bus as the kitchen and a series of grills set up to cook the beef. We just pointed to the menu and they brought out slabs of beef with rice and other stuff. We ate beef and drank beer for almost two hours. It was great.
arrange to go out and explore the backwaters with an experienced guide. He'll take you out in one kind of boat and then eventually transfer into a smaller vessel that is capable of getting through the deeper parts of the jungle where it is shallower.
If you get lucky, or unlucky if your leg is in the water, you'll see a crocodile or two.
Fondest memory: No disrespect intended, but the place is crowded, not really terribly fascinating. e stayed at the Tropical Hotel, allegedly a 5 star, beautiful grounds but a very old and outdated dark room with dark furniture.
It is also a long ways from town, not that there's a whole lot in town. This was,and still is, really an industrial town, all things considered and was not built for tourists. All of the small villages deep within come here in boats for their supplies and with their wares.
As a practical matter, this is like any town along the Mississippi.