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Not to be confused with Barcelos (Portugal).

Barcelos is a city in the state of Amazonas in Brazil.


Barcelos was the first Capital of the Amazonas from 1728–1758. It is famous for white and sandy beaches, ornamental fish and the highest waterfall in Brazil.

Get in[edit]

Barcelos is about 400 km northwest from Manaus.

By plane[edit]

  • TRIP [1] Flights from Manaus Sundays and Wednesday.

By boat[edit]

River Boats with cabin Manaus – Barcelos, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 6PM (30h), Barcelos – Manaus, Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, 6PM (24h) Speed Boats Manaus – Barcelos, Saturday, Tuesday 7AM (12h), Barcelos – Manaus, Sunday, Friday 8AM (10h) Slow cargo boats takes about 24 to 30 hours travel to reach the city, leaving from the Porto de São Raimundo in Manaus. The return trip takes less. Tickets cost about 125-160 R$ for deck space (where you can hang a hammock), and 350-450 R$ for a 3 person cabin. Some boats continue along to São Gabriel da Cachoeira and Santa Isabel do Rio Negro.

  • Almirante Azevedo I. Departs Wednesdays at 18:00. Tel: (92) 9125-8944, (92) 3625-6984, (92) 9143-1223, (92) 8183-2147.
  • Almirante Azevedo II: Departs every other Wednesday at 17:00. Tel: (92) 9125-8944, (92) 3625-6984, (92) 9143-1223, (92) 8183-2147.
  • Barco Genêsis. Departs Fridays at 17:00. Tel: (92) 9202-1028.
  • Comandante Natal V. Departs Fridays at 18:00. Tel: (92) 9122-8553, (92) 9381-2926
  • Comandante Natal VI. Departs every second Friday at 18:00. Tel: (92) 9122-8553, (92) 9381-2926.
  • Gênesis III. Departs every second Friday at 15:30. Tel.: (Manaus) (92) 8119-8591, (92) 8171-4442, (92) 99314-9707; (Barcelos) (97) 99152-3444, (92) 99202-1028
  • Gênesis IV. Departs every second Monday at 15:30. Tel: (92) 8119-8591, (92) 8171-4442.
  • Tanaka Neto V & IV. Departs Fridays 18:00. Tel: (92) 3471-1730, (92) 9981-9195.

There are at least two speed boats from Manaus. The trip takes about 12 hours.

  • Expresso Diamantina. Departs Fridays at 15:00. Tel: (92) 3471-1730, (92) 9981-9195. 300-400 R$
  • Tanaka Expresso. Departs Tuesdays and Fridays at 08:00. Tel: (92) 3471-1730, (92) 9981-9195.

Get around[edit]

Motorized canoes, Mototaxi, Taxi.


White and sandy Beaches, Church, Missionary, Shipyard.


Fishing, Jungle Excursion, Relax on beach.


Art Craft


Local Restaurants


Snack bar on town square


  • Hostel Barcelos. Hostel Barcelos, small pension with private rooms, dormitory, swimming pool and barbecue grill.
  • Hotel Cidade, Avenida Mariuá, Centro.
  • Hotel Ornamental, Avenida Mariuá, Centro.
  • Hotel Rio Negro, Avenida Mariuá, Centro, +55 (097) 99151-5489.
  • Pousada Flor da Mata, Rua Dorval Porto, Centro.


Go next[edit]

Head further up river to São Gabriel da Cachoeira or return to Manaus.

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