Situated on the right bank of Negro river, Barcelos is in the State of Amazonas, 396 kilometers from Manaus. The city houses the Jaú National Park, in addition to the Serra do Aracá State Park and the Mariuá Archipelago, the biggest fluvial archipelago in the world, with more than 700 islands.
The municipality is the largest exporter of ornamental fish in Brazil, with an estimated 20 million specimens per year, intended for countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Annually, in the month of January, the Ornamental Fish Festival happens, which is considered to be the biggest cultural attraction of the city. The feast usually attracts thousands of visitors and features recreational fishing, ecotourism and presentations. The natural beauty of the region and the huge variety of fish attract to Amazon an increasing number of visitors who have fishing as main goal.
There are tour operators specialized in organizing fishing tours, but it is important to remember that predatory fishing is prohibited (use of explosives, poisonous herbs or toxic chemicals of any kind), and fishing between the months of December and February – the piracema period, which is when the fish lay eggs – is also restricted.
The region has the highest concentration of tucunaré fish in Amazon. Ravenous, the tucunaré can weigh up to 12 kg and usually swims on the surface. Another species is dourado, which does not have scales and belongs to the family of big catfish. It can measure up to 1,5 m and weigh 50 kg. Tambaqui is another fish that can also be found on the location in the flood season.
Barcelos has an airport for small planes, which may be chartered in Manaus. The Manaus airport has regular flights to Barcelos.
Leaving the Manaus Harbor, you may go to Barcelos on trips that can last anywhere from 12 to 36 hours, depending on the boat. The Anavilhanas Archipelago and the Mariuá Archipelago, on Negro river, are on the way to the town. Refer to contacts of some companies that provide the service.
The DDD (area code) for Barcelos is 97.
City Hall: +55 97 3321 1201
Tropical, rainy and humid. Average temperature around 26.3°C, with maximum temperature of 34.3°C and minimum of 19.3°C.
To enter Brazil, it is not mandatory to be vaccinated against any type of illness. However, it is recommended to be vaccinated against yellow fever (disease transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitoes) before visiting Barcelos. If you have never taken the vaccine, you need to do so up to 10 days before the trip (this period is not necessary if you have already been vaccinated previously).