Depart from the floating port of Manaus, designed to move with the river tide of the Rio Negro. You will pass the Customs House (prefabricated in Liverpool and shipped to Manaus a hundred years ago), the clock tower, the cathedral and the Palacio Rio Negro—the private residence of a German rubber baron and later the Governor’s office. The highlight of your tour will be a visit to the city’s most famous landmark—the lavish pink and white Teatro Amazonas Opera House. Built in 1896, this marvel of architecture features a dome of 36,000 vitrified ceramic tiles imported from Europe, set in a mosaic of the colors of the Brazilian flag. The amazing painting that graces the inside of the dome is a recreation of the view you would have if you stood under the Eiffel Tower and looked up. The dazzling auditorium boasts perfect acoustics, and performances here range from single guitar concerts to entire ballet companies and philharmonic orchestras. As stunning as the building is, perhaps its most extraordinary element is the fact that it is located in the heart of the Amazon jungle, in the city of Manaus—a testament to the dazzling affluence that accompanied the rubber boom of 1896.
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Review 1 for Manaus & the Teatro Amazonas Opera House
There were many tour choices for Manaus, and unfortunately not enough time to see and experience everything. I knew I wanted to see the Teatro Amazonas Opera House. This tour used a brand new airconditioned tour bus....really appreciated, as the day was hot and humid. I took a lot of pictures as we were driving, and was glad the windows were clean. Our guide was excellent, with clear, understandable English. He explained that he has going to show us three sections of the cily. First stop was the produce market with an abundance fruit and vegetables, followed by the amazing fish market. The amount and variety of fish for sale was astounding, and all from the Amazon River! We saw the new soccer stadium for the upcoming world cup games as our guide filled us in about life in this bustling city in the jungle. The final stop was the incredible Opera House. In the lobby is a quality gift shop, with handicrafts from indigenuos tribes. We had plenty of time to take in the elaborate theater from the box seats, then gasp at the ornate reception room. We passed palaces of rubber barons on the way back to the ship. Manaus is a steamy, gritty city, and I would not have been comfortable walking around on my own. This tour was the perfect way to see the important highlights.
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Review 3 for Manaus & the Teatro Amazonas Opera House
This was a great tour. Good guide and nice bus. Really enjoyed the Teatro Amazonas where we were fortunate enough to hear the orchestra rehearsing for a performance. The visit to the produce and fish market was also really interesting.