How many days? I think that the minimal are five days to spend at Manaus. Is a wonderful place with a lot of things to see. Look what you can’t leave:
The National Teather, wonderful place
“Encontro das Águas”, is a nice natural phenomenum where two rivers walk side by side without the mix of the water. You can rent a little boat to see this over the water.
“Bananas Market”, a open market where you can see a lot of regional fruits (some very very strange :)
“Ponta Negra”, is a river beach with a lot of bars to spend some time to eat a wonderful fish.
And, to finish, eat a fish over the Negro river in a restaurant there. Is magical ;)
You can see some pictures of the my first trip to Manaus at:
If you need more infos, send an e-mail to my friend Jansen Sena at firstname.lastname@example.org. He lives there and can give more infos for you.
Thanks Paulino for your reply.
A couple of other questions :
Is Manaus an expensive place – I am just a student :-)
I don’t know Portuguese – would it be a big problem ?
Brazil don’t have expensive places to foreigners. Manaus is a little bit expensive if you compare with my city but for examples you can eat a fish to 3 people in a good restaurant for US$ 15,00.
Here a “table” of prices in dollars to compare:
Coke can: Between US$ 0,70 to US$ 1,00
City bus ticket: US$ 1,00
“Student eat” (that you can eat in cheap places): US$ 2,50 to US$ 4,00
Big Mac (Shit!): US$ 3,00
Marlboro Cigarretes (box with 20): US$ 1,20
If you have student card, you pay 50% off in all cultural places like museus, cinemas, cultural parties, etc.
You can’t find a person speaking english easily. We’re 180 million people talking portuguse. Try to look university students or youg people. This generation can help you with a “poor” english (like me) but, don’t worry, brazilian people can make anything to help a foreign person here.
Thanks so much Paulino. I am really looking forward to visiting your country.