Adolpho Ducke Botanical Garden
The Amazon Rainforest © Jon Rawlinson
This vast forest reserve, covering more than 39 square miles (100 sq km) to the east of Manaus, provides tourists with the opportunity to discover what lies beneath the dense Amazon rainforest canopy. The park building complex hosts plant nurseries and an exhibition of the woods of Amazonas, as well as a library and an eatery. A network of trails has been created in the forest, and local youths are trained and employed as guides to direct visitors along the paths (although not all of them speak English). It can be difficult to get into the Amazon for a genuine experience of the rainforest and this vast botanical garden is as close as many visitors will get to the unspoilt forest world.
Opening times: Daily (except Wednesdays) from 9am to 5pm
Admission: BRL 10 for a guided tour; BRL 30 for a guided tour and to climb the research tower