Cheap Flights to Manaus, Brazil
The largest city in the Amazon, Manaus sits right in the jungle and is a major port for ocean vessels. In a city where it’s not uncommon to trek through lush rainforests in the morning and attend a dramatic opera in the evening, Manaus offers visitors a unique combination of natural and cultural experiences.
Visa Requirements and SA Embassy Details
- South Africans who visit Brazil for up to 90 days do not require a Visa. Make sure that your SA passport is valid for 6 months from the date of your return and that you have at least 2 free pages for stamps.
- The South African Embassy’s address is Av.das Nacoes, Od. 801, lote 6, 70406-900, Brasilia. Phone: +55 61 312 9500.
See and do
An adventure trip to the rainforest should be top of your list during your visit! There are several companies that operate jungle adventure trips from Manaus. Choose a reputable tour operator who will travel the some 100km out of the city with you to experience untouched rainforests and exotic wildlife.
For a more cultural outing check out the Opera House which puts shows on every day. Materials from around the world were used to build the Amazonas Opera House during the rubber trade era. The Natural Science Museum is also worth visiting if you want to see various indigenous fauna.
And then there are the Brazilian beaches! Ponta Negra is a popular river beach with a couple of bars and restaurants and Praia da Lua beach can be accessed via shared motorized canoe.
The main marketplace is the Mercado Municipal where you can buy essential items along with handicrafts such as exotic paintings, seed baskets and decorative ornaments. Brazil is also known for its gemstones and precious rocks.
The bus system in Manaus is one of the major means of transport and also one of the most affordable. There are also taxi cab services that your hotel can recommend.
Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes-Manaus International Airport – MAO
This is the main airport in Manaus and is named after a Brazilian politician and military figure. Last year the airport was ranked 3rd in terms of cargo handled in the country which means it’s certainly one of the busiest airports in Brazil.
Food and beverage: Restaurant Demoiselle, Acai Energy, Restaurant La Ville, Tapioca.com, Fly Burger, Glacial ice cream parlour and Casa do Pao de Queijo.
Currency Exchange: There are two main banks to facilitate currency exchange: Bank of Brazil in Terminal 1 and Terminal III and Banco Santander in the Terminal 1 lobby. There are also ample ATMs throughout the airport. Confidence Rates and Tourism can also be found in the lobby of Terminal 1.
Car Hire: Avis, KL Rent a Car, Le Mans, Finds and Hertz.
Airport Hub: Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes-Manaus International Airport (code MAO) is a hub for Azul Brazilian Airlines.