One of the largest river archipelagos in the world is located in Rio Negro, 100 km away from Manaus, near the municipality of Novo Airão: Anavilhanas. Around 400 islands form a natural maze and one of the most beautiful examples of Amazon’s natural landscapes.
The Anavilhanas National Park was created to preserve the archipelago, which is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, in order to protect the Amazon ecosystem through environmental education and sustainable tourism initiatives.
In addition to enjoying the Amazon fauna and flora and meeting traditional riverside communities, visitors can also go to the Flutuante dos Botos [Dolphin Float], in the coastline of Novo Airão, where they can swim and interact with the pink river dolphins – beautiful water mammals of the region.
Tourists can also visit the archipelago’s beaches (between September and February), take boat rides and walks, as well as water trails in flooded forests (between March and August).
Set aside some cash for the beautiful handicrafts in Novo Airão.
Rua Antenor Carlos Frederico, 69 – N. Sra. Auxiliadora – Novo Airão – Amazonas
Boats to Novo Airão leave from the São Raimundo Port, in Manaus. The trip takes 9 hours and boats depart at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. Tickets cost around R$ 35.00 per person and each passenger must bring their own net.
More information: +55 (92) 9146-5724
Leaving from Manaus, after crossing over the Negro River bridge, take the AM-070 highway towards Manacapuru for 85 km. After passing by the Miriti seaside (road signs available), there is a junction to the right, where highway AM-352 begins. Take the highway for 98 km to Novo Airão.
Executive buses leave from the Manaus bus terminal at cost around R$ 40.00 per person. Most routes include a stop in Manacapuru. The trip to Novo Airão takes approximately 4 hours.
Contact Information: +55 (92) 3361-1329 / 3361-2127 / +55 (92) 3365-1110 / 9342-4510 / 8818-4490