Most travellers planning to visit the Brazilian Amazon must fly into Manaus International Airport in Northern Brazil so as to be able to stay close to the rainforest and enjoy the diverse river cruises and tours on offer in this area. Known by locals as Eduardo Gomes airport and with the assigned IATA code MAO, it has two terminal buildings –a main one and a supporting one- from which some international operations are handled although it primarily serves as a domestic hub for flights to Manaus originating in other Brazilian airports.
Taking a flight to Manaus
The airlines listed below sell seats to fly to Manaus from other cities within the country as well as from selected international airports:
American Airlines (from Miami), Azul Airlines (from Belo Horizonte, Belém, Boa Vista, Campinas, Fortaleza, Cuiabá, Porto Velho, Recife, Santarém, Tefé and Tabatinga), Avior (from Barcelona in Venezuela), Copa Airlines (Panamá City), Gol (Buenos Aires in Argentina, Brasilia, Campo Grande, Foz do Igaçu, Rio Branco, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo) and LATAM (from Salvador and other destinations already mentioned above).
Commuting from Manaus airport to the city centre
Manaus is only 14 kilometres away from Eduardo Gomes airport, and easily accessible by bus or taxi from the arrivals area of each passenger terminal. However, if you wish to have greater independence to get around during your trip, we advise you to rent a car at either the Avis office (T1) or the Thifty one (T2) conveniently located after baggage claim.
What to do in Manaus International airport of Brazil
Both upon arrival and while you wait to board your plane, there is plenty to do in MAO’s public and restricted zones. You can try the finest traditional delicacies and meals if you go to “Casa do Pao de Queijo” –in the departures area of Terminal 1- or to “Tapiocas da Amazônia” in the dining concourse of Terminal 2. There are many other cafés and fast-food restaurants inside the facilities, and some stay open around the clock. Additional services include pharmacies, bag wrapping, gifts and souvenir shops, Brazilian Amazon-themed outlets, tourist information, ATMs, massage lounges and Duty Free stores.
Accommodation near Manaus airport
Whether you are having a layover before flying to another city in Brazil or you want to sleep close to Manaus International airport during your trip, we recommend the Ibis Manaus Aeroporto Hotel, located less than 1 kilometre away from the passenger terminals and just a short commute from Ponta Negra Beach, the Amazonia Arena and the central Bus Station providing direct links to Manaus Port. The staff at the 24-hour reception provide top customer service in English, Spanish or Portuguese, and may assist you any time of the day or night with directions to get around and visit the Amazon rainforest, safety deposit boxes for your valuables, access to the complimentary WiFi network and private parking spaces.
This hotel close to Manaus International airport in Brazil features standard double and twin rooms with TV and fully-equipped en suite bathroom. As a confirmed guest, you are entitled to enjoy a complimentary buffet breakfast every morning -as long as you select this option during the reservation process-, as well as other amenities that you might be already acquainted with if you have stayed at a hotel belonging to the IBIS hospitality chain before.
Should you wish to continue exploring Brazil after fulfilling the dream of visiting the Amazon rainforest, check out our recommendations to travel to Rio de Janeiro as a backpacker and some good travel tips for those flying to Guarulhos International airport in Sao Paulo. The latter contains useful information if you who want to create your own combination of two lesser-known South American tourism modalities: a work trip and a city break.