Amazonas is Brazil's biggest state and one of the most famous places on the planet because it is in the middle of the world’s biggest rainforest. With an area of 1.5 million km², the state is the same size as France, Spain, Sweden and Greece put together. Indeed, the state is the holder of some Brazilian and world records. For instance, the Neblina Peak is the country’s tallest and the Amazon is the world’s largest river, in terms of water volume.

Located where the Negro meets the Solimões river, Manaus was a hub of the rubber industry between 1879 and 1912. Today, the city’s economy is a combination of industrial production and environmental related activities, something locals are very proud of. In addition to industry, business and adventure tourism also acts as one of the city's economic driving forces.

Gateway into the biggest rain forest on the planet, Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas is surrounded by the Negro river and houses an extraordinary amount of natural resources, representing 20% of the world’s freshwater reserves, a genetic bank of inestimable value and great mining, gas and oil deposits.

Currently, its main economic force is in Manaus’ industrial hub, with technology companies, which are greatly responsible for the city having the sixth largest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the country.  The creation of the technological hub by the Brazilian government encouraged Asians to come and set up shop in the area, particularly the Japanese. Manaus has one of the biggest Japanese communities in the country.

The city conserves 22% of its natural green area - which added to its wealth of cultural and historical resources, offers great tourist potential.

At the same time, it is the metropolis of the Amazon region, constantly growing and the land of traditions, like the Parintins and boi-bumbá festivals.  The population of Manaus corresponds to almost 50% of the population of the Amazonas state.

The timetable of the 2014 FIFA World Cup matches has saved four games for the only host city in Brazil’s north region. The Amazônia Arena in Manaus will be the stage of four matches scheduled for the group stage of the tournament. The matches will be valid for groups A, D, E and G.

Foto: Portal da Copa/ME/Abril de 2013#

Main tourist attractions

Municipal Market
Adolpho Lisboa Municipal Market, from 1883. In front of the Negro river in art nouveau style.
Address: Rua dos Barés, n° 46 - Centro

Amazonas Theatre
The Amazonas Theatre dates back to 1896 and all construction materials used at the time came from Europe. It is a symbol of the region's prosperity during the golden years of rubber production.
Visits have to be scheduled. Telephone: + 55 (92) 3622-1880
Address: Praça do Congresso - Centro

The meeting of the rivers
The meeting of the Negro and Solimões rivers is one of nature’s biggest shows. In order to experience it, visitors have to take a boat ride. The best time to see this phenomenon is between January and July.

Fact sheet

Population: 1,802,014 people
Area: 11,401,077 km²
Area code: 92
Voltage: 110 V
Climate: Equatorial
Temperatures vary between 13 C and 37 C

For further information

Agecom Government of the state of Amazonas
+55 (92) 2126-1236

World Cup Press Office – City Hall
+ 55 (92) 3215-4613

Manaustur
+55 (92) 3233-1517
www.manaus.am.gov.br

Official websites – city and tourism bodies
visitamazonas.am.gov.br

Open Media Centre – Manaus

Address: Centro Cultural dos Povos da Amazônia - Praça Francisco Pereira da Silva
9 June - 27 June, from 8:00 to 20:00
+55 92 2126-1236 // press@copa2014.am.gov.br