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« Brazil Itinerary

Day 6 – Manaus

 
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Lençóis to Salvador
Traveling from Lençóis to Salvador.
 
Day 6
Manaus
Exploring the gateway city to Amazon.

« Sixteen days in Brazil

 
Day 7 – NEXT »
Amazon Forest (Day One)
Beginning of a three-day trip into Amazon.

 

Having booked the early morning flight departing at 05:50am from Salvador, I had asked the hostel (in Salvador) to get a taxi for me at 3am. It takes about 30 minutes from Praça da Sé to Salvador Airport (SSA) and costs BRL 90, one way. It was an easy check-in process for domestic flights, and with a connection in Belo Horizonte (CNF), I reached Manaus airport (MAO) on time.

Also having booked the Amazon Forest tour in advance, airport pickup was a part of the package. The driver of the tour company (who spoke English) was waiting for me at the arrivals terminal. A drive of about 20 minutes brought me to Sombra Palace Hotel.

 

Sombra Palace Hotel

Value
Location
Cleanliness
Rooms
Service

Breakfast included: No
Wifi: Free, included in price, good network across the hotel

Address: Av. 07 de Setembro 1325, Centro, 69000 Manaus, Brazil
Phone: +57-92-3234-8777
Email: contato@hotelsombra.com.br
Website: www.hotelsombra.com.br

Location
Located in the center of Manaus, just walking distance from the Teatro Amazonas, you can walk up to the local markets, center of the city and other hostels from this hotel.

Rooms
After arriving at the hotel, I was given room 304, which is a one double bed room with air-conditioning, fridge and a private bathroom. The AC in the room was located in a corner and after turning it on for 2 hours, there was barely any cooling in the room. Although this room faced the main road and had huge windows, considering the hot and humid weather of Manaus, one would need air conditioning! At the cost of R$106 (approx $27) a night, this was a huge room for one person.

A quick request to the staff about changing the room, I was given room 403 with a note that the AC worked excellent in that room. The only good thing that separated out from room 304 was the AC faced the bed. But that doesn’t mean it cooled the room! This room had a tiny window with no view and also a private bathroom. Another request to have something that actually cooled a room, I was told that these were the coolest rooms available.

Services
The people at the reception were very friendly and helpful, and I’m sure they were doing their best to accommodate all the room-change requests I had, but hotel industry services are considered best when they keep their customers happy!

Overall
There are other great hostels around Manaus that one may want to consider, which are not just cheaper, but come with great hospitality and rooms. Sombra palace hotel can be at the bottom of your list for selecting affordable hotels in Manaus.

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[Room 403]
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[Room 403]
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[Room 304]
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[Room 304]

 
After checking in, I headed out to explore Manaus – in 43°C (110°F)!

About 5 minutes walk from the hotel was Palacio Rio Negro.

This elaborate palace was the residence of a German rubber merchant named Waldemar Scholz and was later the seat of the State Government of Amazonas. In 1997, it was converted into a cultural center, and you can tour the main house and the adjoining art gallery of Brazilian works. The house is as elaborate inside as outside, with lots of marble and native woods. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with shrubs, trees, and flowers native to the Amazon rainforest.

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About 10 minutes walk further was the most-visited sight of Manaus – Teatro Amazonas. Decorated with 36,000 ceramic tiles painted in the colors of the Brazilian national flag, the dome of this opera house soars in the city. The 39 of the 54-member Amazon Philharmonic orchestra are from Bulgaria, Belarus and Russia. The theater is also the location of an annual film festival.

And right next to the theater is Praça São Sebastião.

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[Teatro Amazonas]

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[Teatro Amazonas]

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[Teatro Amazonas]

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[Praça São Sebastião]

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[Praça São Sebastião]

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[Praça São Sebastião]

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[Praça São Sebastião]

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[Praça São Sebastião]

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[Praça São Sebastião]

 
After lunch at a nearby restaurant, I wanted to go see the port, but I was instructed by the tour guide not to go there anytime of day or night because it was dangerous for tourists.

It was after 2pm by then and the day was scorching with the sun overhead and humidity levels at their peak. But one of the things to do in my itineraries is to get a postal stamp from the post office in my postal stamp memorabilia book, so a short walk from the Palacio Rio Negro was a visit to the post office.

From there it was 5 minute walk to the must-visit Mercado Adolpho Lisboa (Municipal Market) – the place for souvenirs, fresh produce and almost everything else locals would need.

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Being inside the market was the best thing to do in the heat, so I spent a lot of time tasting some fruits and delicacies while shopping for souvenirs.

Ending the afternoon, drenched in sweat, I decided to walk along Ave. Manaus Moderna, right behind the Municipal Market, then stop by for a while to look at the sunset, before heading back 15 minutes to the hotel, and calling it an early day.

 

Costs

Note: All values in USD, unless otherwise mentioned, are approximate and based on the exchange rate of USD 1 = BRL 3.73 at the time of publishing. Each cost is for one adult.
 

What Cost Notes
Flight from Salvador to Manaus $199.69 One way. 05:52 SSA – MAO 11:30, with layover at Belo Horizonte (CNF), via Azul Linhas
Taxi from Salvador hostel to SSA Airport $24.13 BRL 90. One way.
Snacks & water at SSA airport $5.36 BRL 20. Breakfast.
Sombra Palace Hotel $28.42 BRL 106. Double bedroom, private bathroom. One night, one person.
Lunch in Manaus $11.26 BRL 42. Pizza.
Dinner in Manaus $9.65 BRL 36.
Snacks & Water $2.68 BRL 10.
Total Costs $281.19 Per person
Overall Costs $644.18 Per person

 

 
« PREVIOUS – Day 5
Lençóis to Salvador
Traveling from Lençóis to Salvador.
 
Day 6
Manaus
Exploring the gateway city to Amazon.

« Sixteen days in Brazil

 
Day 7 – NEXT »
Amazon Forest (Day One)
Beginning of a three-day trip into Amazon.

SIXTEEN DAYS IN BRAZIL

 
Planning
Planning & Information

 
Day 1
Salvador
Arriving in Brazil and sights of Salvador.

 
Day 2
Salvador
Sights of biggest Afro-Brazilian town.

 
Day 3
Lençóis
Exploring the gateway town to Chapada Diamantina National Park.

 
Day 4
Chapada Diamantina National Park
Day trip visiting natural wonders of this national park.

 
Day 5
Lençóis to Salvador
Traveling from Lençóis to Salvador.

 
Day 6
Manaus
Exploring the gateway city to Amazon.

 
Day 7
Amazon Rainforest (Day One)
Beginning of a three-day trip into Amazon.

 
Day 8
Amazon Rainforest (Day Two)
Day two in the Amazon Forest.

 
Day 9
Amazon Rainforest (Day Three), Manaus
Day three in the Amazon Rainforest & return to Manaus.

 
Day 10
Rio de Janeiro
Ipanema, Ipanema Beach, Leblon.

 
Day 11
Rio de Janeiro
Copacabana, Cristo Redentor, Sugarloaf Mountain.

 
Day 12
Rio de Janeiro

 
Day 13
Paraty

 
Day 14
Paraty

 
Day 15
Paraty to São Paulo

 
Day 16
São Paulo

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How much did it cost?
List of all the expenses.
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