A Sprawling Jungle City
In the center of the Amazon rainforest, Manaus sits at the confluence of the Negro and Amazon rivers. The inky black waters from the Rio Negro and the milky, sandy waters from the Amazon run side by side, creating a stunning contrast as you cruise by this city home to over two million people.
In the late 19th century, Europeans flocked to the region as rubber became a vital commodity. Today, that European influence is easy to spot all across this terraced city from the deck of your Azamara ship. Keep an eye out for the Amazonas Opera House with its intricate pink-and-white facade and domed roof featuring more than 36,000 vitrified tiles.
As you cruise by this heart of culture and commerce, beautiful beaches line the shore. Against the backdrop of modern condo buildings in a trendy district of Manaus lies Ponta Negra—a man-made beach locals love—and beach shacks dot the shoe of Praia da Lua serving fresh fish and cold beer