The roads leading to Manaus in Brazil are not in very good conditions. Many travelers visiting this area of Brazil prefer to avoid the bumpy ride and opt for the more comforting journey either through boat or air. As a result Manaus Airport in Brazil has become a busy hub catering to more than 2.5 million passengers on an annual basis.
Ground transport from Manaus Airport
The airport has an efficient ground transportation system in place with options for rental cars, taxis as well as luxury buses. The buses connect the airport with two main hubs in the locality Avenida Getulio Vargas and central Praca da Matriz. Travelers with long journey itineraries however, prefer the comfort and convenience of having a rental car at their disposal. Cars can be hired easily at the airport itself as there are many service booths.
One point to remember when you hire a car for travelling in Manaus is that road conditions are not much improved here. So whether you travel by rental car or taxi you should be prepared for the uneven conditions of the roads you travel. Then again, since there are very few alternatives for travelling in this region except in a self driven vehicle or taxi the ideal arrangement is to book a suitable vehicle in advance of your stay in Manaus. The most popular choice for hire cars in this region is a 4 wheel drive due to substandard road conditions.
Facilities offered by car rental companies
Since many local drivers in Manaus display aggressive driving habits rental companies provide maximum insurance coverage’s on rental packages. However, re-checking your car for adequate safety devices, comfort and maximum insurance is recommended when hiring a car for travel in the Manaus region.
Sightseeing and popular attractions
A larger part of Manaus city is taken up by the magnificent river. The Rio Negro waterfront in Downtown is where most of the action taking place and it is also the hub and heart of the city. The roads despite their lack of standards are designed in a very easy to follow grid system. Traffic tends to congest at the shopping district in Manaus main Downtown, Rua Guilherme Moreira and at Avenida Sete de Setembro on the east-west side. Teatro Amazonas, a historic opera house is a popular tourist destination in this area. To enjoy Manaus in its tropical splendor you should head towards Ponta Negra Beach further from Downtown Manaus. Particatuba waterfall, Palacio Rio Negro Cultural Centre, Amazon Museum and the forest park at Bosque da Ciencia are some other hot attractions you can easily reach from your base in Manaus.