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    You can fly direct to Parintins from Manaus, and from anywhere else via Manaus. The flight should cist around R$600. You can get a boat from Manaus (15 hours) or from Santarém (6 hours). During the festival, just to get you in the mood, special party boats are organized to go down to the festival and (if you have any left) back... read more

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    Bustling tropical city where both making things, preserving the culture and ecotourism are equally important. You can fly direct to Manaus from Atlanta (Delta) or Miami (TAM). TAP flies to Recife and you can pick up an internal flight from there. Most other flights go via Sao Paulo, occasionally Rio. Boats: Manaus us also accessible by recreo passenger ferry from essentially anywhere in the Amazon, but you are most likely to come in from Belém (5-6 days), Santarém (2 days) or Tefé (2 days). For the last two there are speed boats that are safe, but can be quite exhilaratingly jolting in rough weather. You can also come down the Solimões from Peru`s Iquitos or Colombia`s Leticia, which are marathon journeys, and only for the dedicated. Road access to Manaus is limited. Apart from new local connections to cities immediately south (Manucaparu and Iranduba) and east to Itacoitiara, the only big road out with a decent surface you can drive on all year, goes north to Venezuela. In doing so it passes through such good tourist spots as Presidente Figuerero and Boa Vista before crossing the border at Santa Elena. Its doable in 12-hours if, en route, you stop nowhere and have a flask of really strong coffee with you (the road is arrow-straight for almost all of the way)... read more

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    São Gabriel is four days by riverboat from Manaus. It takes three days to reach Santa Isabel. The boats go from Porto São Raimundo. Its best to go and check details yourself. There are also direct flights to São Gabriel from Manaus (Voetrip airlines), which may also stop at Santa Isabel. The highly reliable twin-prop ATR-72s cover the 850-km in two hours. There are flights three to four times a week. Prices vary depending on availability, but should be around $R350-600 return... read more

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    Tefé is 2-3 days by riverboat from Manaus, and 12 hours by fastboat. There are also direct flights to Tefé from Manaus (Trip airlines), which takes 45 minutes, and should cost around RS300 one way (cash-conscious travelers often go up by boat and fly back). Flight operate most days. Book in advance at the Trip website. Access to Mamirauá is from Tefe, but you cannot just turn up there, as visitor numbers and placements are controlled as part of the management plan. Organize permits and placements either via your tour operator or from the Instituto de Desenvolvimento Sustentável Mamirauá office (but call ahead first) or from the website... read more

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    Small city festivals. All the places mentioned below are best reached from Manaus. Presidente Figueredo is 90 minutes by bus from Manaus (27 reais one way), while 4 hours and 25 reais get you to Itacoitiara. Busses leave from the same central bus terminal (the Rodoviaria) in Manaus. To reach Barcelos and Maués you need a riverboat. It's six hours downstream to Maues (Manaus Moderna marina) and 24 hours upstream for Barcelos (Porto São Raimundo). In both cases booking is best done by simply going there and asking... read more

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    If you are on a package trip, it will very likely include a trip to this remarkable natural event. If you are staying at a large hotel, they will also run trips. But, if you are independent-minded or want a different point of view, you can hire your own transport and boatman. contact, Helicopter, floatplane and small plane Hire address, Aeroclub de Manaus, 300 Av. Prof. Nilton Lins, Flores, Manaus, AM (55)-92-36-51-16-08 contact, Boat Hire address: Antonio Franco ('Bacurau') Associação de Barqueros-Manaus, AM. (55)-92-99-91-77-97 / 92-91-00-05-67 / 92-32-38-88-80 bacurau12@hotmail.com... read more

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    Jau National Park, Amazonas. Massive and splendid national park 220 knm up the Rio Negro from Manaus. A number of Manaus-based agencies organize tours lasting 2-5 days to Manaus. Because of the logistics it is best to book in advance and build other bits of your itinerary around such visits (same is true for any national park). Agencies offering tours include: Eco-discovery Tours, Brazil Ecotravel, Southern Cross Expeditions and Anavilhanas Ecotours. Compare prices and the quality of the guides and boat accommodation before booking... read more

    Artindia

    Translalors and Guides

    Av. Itacoatiara, 247

    Forte do Presépio

    Praça Frei Caetano Brandão 117

    Teatro Amazonas

    Museu do Indio

    Rua Duque de Caxias 356
    Centro

    Estação das Docas Ltda

    Boulevard Castilhos França, 707 - Campina

    Feira Manaus Moderna

    Rua Barão de São Domingos, 268 - Centro

    Museu Emílio Goeldi

    Av. Magalhães Barate 376

    Museu do Círio

    Central de Artesanato Branco & Silva

    Rua Recife 1999
    Parque 10

    The Meeting of the Waters (Encontro da Aguas)

    Manaus - AM, Brazil

    Swallows and Amazons

    Rua Quintino Bocaiuva 189
    2nd floor

    Saraiva Megastore

    Adrianópolis, Manaus - Amazonas, Brazil

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