Be careful when clubbing around the downtown area, most of the girls, are there are a lot of them, are working girls, don't think you are just that devonair. The good thing is that they are upfront about it, just ask them, yes, they speak English.
The Manaus Airport Eduardo Gomes and the hotel 10 de Julho and Iguana Tours and Gero Tours
Jungle trips in Manaus, rainforest tours, Jau national park (parque national de Jaú
Unique Suggestions: An ardent warning: Do not buy tours from people at the airport or on the street. Not only are you likely to get ripped off, you will never get your money back. The best guides are hired by the best companies; the best shysters don’t work for the best companies.
Fun Alternatives: If you don’t want to reserve tour before arriving and want to book a tour use a reputable registered agency. The offices of tour companies are relatively easy to find.
A professional Travel Agency and Tour Operator with eleven years of experience in operating quality tours throughout Amazonas. they organize all kind of daily and package tours all around Manaus. Tour contact: Eco Discovery Tours: Manaus – Amazonas – Brazil Rua dos Andrade 464, first floor, Manaus-Center. Meeting Point with Internet, Nice atmosphere. regional snacs, local guides, cheap international phone calls. Phone: 55-(92) xx 3082 4732, or fax 55-(92) xx 3234 4737
4 rooms of stuffed fish and insect displays and a very small aquarium in an out of the way facility with a tourist trap like entrance fee of six dollars. Catching the bus (519), riding to the bus drop-off and then walking the the distance to and from the museum will cost you at least 45 minutes each way for a thirty minute visit.
Unique Suggestions: If this visit is part of your tour package that includes the transporation, then the 30 minutes won't be a waste especially if the entrance fee in included in the package.
If you have time and are going to visit the nearby Bosque Da Ciencia, then a visit to this over- priced museum would be more bearable.
If you can enjoy urban bus travel and walking in some undeveloped countryside, you may find the travel the highlight of the visit. I did.
Manaus, the tourist acces some travel guide and find all the time good recommendations about (eco-discovery tours) , we just descovered why. because the owner of this illegal company is autoreccomending for his self, in several travel guide books, because never any tourist return happy from their amazon tour with that illegal tourist company (eco-discovery)
becareful, open your eyes, that trap can be for other not for us.
Unique Suggestions: please go to the secretaria de turismo ( amazonas tur) from the gouverment and request more info about official tourism companies.
Fun Alternatives: that trap made for eco-discovery tours (illegal tour agency) gonna break your funny vacations.
the alternative is helping to another traveller to open their eyes.
Presidente Figueiredo is actually a wonderful day trip out of Manaus, with many waterfalls and caves. We took a day waterfall/cave/jungle tour with a local company. The only problem with the tour was that it was a bit contrived. The "hike" through the jungle to get to the caves was along a man-made path with built in stairs/rails on the steeper parts (not that steep). Many of the trees had prominant wooden signs attached with the type of tree printed on them. It felt like an American amusement park "experience the jungle!" theme ride or something as we walked along at a snails pace among the out-of-shape tourists.
Unique Suggestions: It's completely worth going out there, however you can probably have a more authentic experience doing a little research and heading out without a tour group. The waterfalls are amazing and some are strange colors (one looked like a Guinness beer-fall) and the caves are interesting and full of vampire bats and albino cave creatures (shrimp/frogs).
I've been robbed only once in Brazil: at the Tropical Hotel in Manaus. I forgot that I'd put an un–set imperial topaz in my shaving kit. I didn't even notice it was gone till my next stop.
Unique Suggestions: Make sure you put anything of any value either in the hotel's safe or your room safe. This is probably good advice just about anywhere — at least outside Amazon and Pantanal lodges — but especially in large hotels.
Not a tourist trap: They call them Caboclos. They are the local people along the Amazon river, too often illiterate, and dependant on a hard exploitation of the natural resources to survive.