Amazon Adventure and Ecoresort: This was one of my favorite trips. I started out in Manaus, Brazil and then headed upriver on the Amazon’s major tributaries. Manaus is a city of one million inhabitants. One very special site is the local science center or Bosque da Ciencia. I missed the local bus so took a taxi ride. It was a hefty price but gave me hours of enjoyment. The setting is open. Animals are free to roam. I was startled to see a rabbit-sized Agouti dart across the sidewalk right in front of me. If you are lucky, you will be able to get a photo of the chattering monkeys as they jump from limb to limb in the treetops. Since wildlife can be hard to spot in the dense rainforest, this is a good beginning before, or adding-on after, going Upriver.
I recommend the Hotel Tropical for those who love a low-rise Colonial feeling. It is located on the banks of the Rio Negro. The swimming pool and large patio are surrounded by canals filled with huge turtles and local species of fish. Whether for an independent stay in the Amazon or prior to a river cruise, the 5 star Hotel Tropical provides a relaxing stay in a natural setting. This 19th-century, Colonial style hotel is surrounded by lush landscaping. It even has its own mini-zoo certified for animal rescue. If you’re up in time, you may see the gentle Capybaras having breakfast. You can follow the Macaws’s chorus to the on-site zoo!
Air-conditioned guest rooms include a private bath, cable TV and free Wi-Fi.
There are 2 restaurants on-site so you will have a choice of traditional or international dishes. If you have not planned to join an Amazon river cruise, you can still connect with day-trips, go for a hike in the bush, play tennis or enjoy the swimming pool.
(If you prefer a modern, high-rise, see the Caesar Business Hotel on the adjacent property. See also our Booking.com hotel search box on our home page and enter Manaus, Brazil.)