Manaus Pictures, Amazon, Brazil
Manaus city, gateway to the Brazilian Amazon. Not exactly the view you expect from a jungle trip! Photo by Dave
One unexpected attraction in Manaus is the presence of one large, well-developed beach, Ponta Negra, complete with a good selection of bars, restaurants and places to stay nearby. Or if you prefer more solitude jump into a motorised canoe and for a small fee and a little time you could laze on a smaller more secluded beach such as white sand Praia do Tupé or Lua Beach, a short distance up the Rio Negro. Take a picnic, cooler box with ice and beers and everything else you might need including repellant though due to the acidity of the Rio Negro mosquitoes are less of an issue in Manaus than other Amazon regions.
Alternatively hop a boat up one of the river tributaries to the lush and lovely Paricatuba Waterfall that’s perfect for a cool swim on a hot day (i. e. every day) or the crystal waters of the Love Cascade in Guedes Bayou which will require a boat and hiking.
These beaches can only be visited when the water levels are low; the best time is August to November which is also when water temperatures are quite warm.