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Tonantins is a town on the north bank of the Solimões River (the upper Amazon) in Amazonas, Brazil, 867 km by river to the west of Manaus. It has a population of 18,755. Tonantins is not a common tourist destination but is a convenient stopping point for trips along the Amazon River and provide a look at a typical town of the region.

Understand[edit]

This part of South America was actually contested between the Portuguese and Spanish empires in the 18th century. The permanent settlement dates to 1814, when a church was established on the bank of the river. The settlement was originally part of Tefé. On December 1, 1938, Tonantins was made a part of São Paulo de Olivença. On December 19, 1955, Tonantins was made a part of Santo Antônio do Içá. On December 10, 1981, it was separated to form its own jurisdiction. Tonantins was officially incorporated on July 2, 1985.

The municipality is directly east of and overlaps parts of the ESEC (Ecological Station) Jutaí-Solimões. It is only accessible via boat.

Get in[edit]

By boat[edit]

There are no roads into Tonantins and the only access is by river boat. You can fly into Manaus, Tefé, or Tabatinga and from those cities take a boat to Tonantins. Below are some of the boats the definitely stop in Tonantins. Check also the boats from Manaus to Tabatinga as they might also stop in Tonantins. Likewise, boats from Tabatinga to Tefé or Manaus may also stop in Tonantins.

  • 1 Porto Fluvial de Tonantins (the port), R. Getúlio Vargas, 2. Boats to and from Manaus, Tabatinga, and other towns along the Amazon River will stop here.

Slow boat[edit]

From Manaus, departing from Porto de Manaus - Estação Hidroviária do Amazonas (rua Taqueirinha nr. 25), boats cost approximately 275 R$. The trip by slow boat takes about 4 days.

Fast boats[edit]

From Manaus, departing from Manaus Moderna - Terminal Ajato - Balsa Laranja (Av. Beira Rio). The trip from Manaus to Tonantins takes about 24 hours. (The trip to Tabatinga is about 36 hours, and Tonantins is about 3/4 of the way.) Fast boats cost up to 380 R$.

  • Madame Crys. Departs Manaus Thursdays at 6 AM. Departs Tabatinga (returns to Manaus) Saturdays (from schedules a few years ago, this might have changed - verify). This boat is headed for Tabatinga (with stops in Codajás, Coari, Tefé, Fonte Boa, Jutaí, Tonantins, Santo Antônio do Içá, Amaturá, São Paulo de Olivença, and Benjamin Constant). Costs about 230 R$.
  • Glória de Deus III. Departs Manaus Fridays at 6 AM. Departs Tabatinga (returns to Manaus) Sundays (from schedules a few years ago, this might have changed - verify). This boat is headed for Tabatinga (with stops in Codajás, Coari, Tefé, Alvarães, Fonte Boa, Jutaí, Tonantins, Santo Antonio do Içá, Amaturá, São Paulo de Olivença, and Benjamin Constant). Costs about 280 R$.
  • Sagrado Coração de Jesu. Departs Manaus Fridays at 6 AM. Departs Tabatinga (returns to Manaus) Sundays (from schedules a few years ago, this might have changed - verify). This boat is headed for Tabatinga (with stops in Codajás, Coari, Tefé, Alvarães, Fonte Boa, Jutaí, Tonantins, Santo Antonio do Içá, Amaturá, São Paulo de Olivença, and Benjamin Constant). Costs about 280 R$. Tel.: 9122-1692, 9975-7422, 9985-8412
  • Crystal I. Departs Manaus Tuesdays at 6 AM. Departs Tabatinga (returns to Manaus) Thursdays (from schedules a few years ago, this might have changed - verify). This boat is headed for Tabatinga (with stops). Costs about 300 R$.
  • [formerly dead link] Cidade do Manaquiri. Departs Manaus Sundays at 6 AM and arrives in Tefé at 7:30 PM. Departs Tabatinga (returns to Manaus) Thursdays (from schedules a few years ago, this might have changed - verify). This boat is headed for Tabatinga (with stops in Codajás, Coari, Tefé, Alvarães, Fonte Boa, Jutaí, Tonantins, Santo Antônio do Içá, Amaturá, São Paulo de Olivença and Benjamin Constant). Costs about 260 R$.

From Tabatinga to Tonantins, fast boats cost about 170 to 200 R$. From Tefé, about 200 to 240 R$.

Get around[edit]

On foot[edit]

This is a small town and you can probably walk across the main district (where are the main port and town hall) in half an hour, or from the port to the western district in under an hour.

By taxi[edit]

There are taxis and many moto-taxis.

See[edit]

Do[edit]

Tonantins is not a common tourist destination, but it does attract tourists from other parts of the state for a few annual festivals and celebrations. The most popular are the Pirarucu Festival and the Folkloric Festival.

  • Pirarucu Festival. Late November to early December. It celebrates the pirarucu (Arapaima gigas) harvesting festival. The pirarucu is among the largest known freshwater fish, commonly more than 2 m (6.6 ft) long and 200 kg (440 lb) of weight, important to the local economy and popular in local cuisine. It is a good time to experience local music, food, and dance. The festival attracts several thousand visitors, most from within the state of Amazonas. Hotels are often booked up a few weeks before the event.
  • Folkloric Festival. July. This is a smaller festival but is also a good opportunity to experience local culture. Events include concerts and dance performances by groups from towns in the surrounding areas.
  • Nossa Senhora do Guadalupe (patron saint of the city) - December
  • Nossa Senhora das Dores (Our Lady of Sorrows) - 15 September
  • Nossa Senhora de Lurdes (Our Lady of Lourdes) - 11 February
  • 1 swimming in the Rio Tonantins. There are places to go swimming and by drinks and snacks in the west district. Take a moto-taxi or walk from the Centro (main district, near the port).

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

  • 1 Praça Onofre Nascimento. Open air market with snack food vendors.
  • 2 Ana's, R. Álvaro Maia, 70-184. Restaurant.
  • 3 Recanto do Sabor, R. Duque de Caxias, 235. 9AM to 10 PM. Restaurant.
  • 4 Ana's, R. Álvaro Maia, 70-184. Restaurant.
  • 5 Cantinho da Silvania, R. Leopoldo Péres, 258. Restaurant.
  • 6 Ponto do Professor, R. Alfredo Pessoa, 447 (further down the road to west district), +55 97 98431-4956. Restaurant.
  • 7 Filberth Lanchonete, R. Valentina Santos, 662-764. Snackbar.
  • 8 Arthur Lanches, R. São Francisco, 731. 6PM to 11PM. Snack bar.
  • 9 Sorveteria, R. São Francisco, 1043. 9AM to 11PM. Snack bar.

Drink[edit]

  • 1 Ibiza Club, R. São Francisco, 912.
  • 2 Toca do Seu Antonio, +55 97 99156-4342.
  • 3 Facção, estr. São Francisco.
  • 4 Talismã, R. Augusto Malheiros, 349-525.
  • 5 Casa da Mamãe, R. Augusto Malheiros, 349-525.

Sleep[edit]

  • 1 Hotel Rei Davi, R. Frei Ludovico, 456-524 (The rear entrance is at the port), +55 97 99166-7788, +55 97 98400-2914 (WhatsApp). Check-in: Mo - Fr 9 AM to 6 PM; closed Sa - Su. Air conditioning, mini-fridge, TV (cable), WiFi, breakfast.
  • 2 Hotel do Peninha, r. Álvaro Maia, 186-366, +55 97 98120-6517, +55 92 99128-2521. Air conditioning, mini-fridge, TV, wifi, laundry. Whatsapp: (97) 98120-6517; (92) 99128-2521.
  • Hotel MG, r. Alexandre Santos 433-Altos, Centro, +55 97 98413-3294, +55 92 99468-8266. Air conditioning, mini-fridge, TV, laundry. Whatsapp: (97) 98413-3294; (92) 99468-8266.

Connect[edit]

  • 1 Town Hall, 725, R. Leopoldo Péres, 607, +55 97 3464-1323, +55 97 3464-1324. No specifically touristic information available here but they can provide information about port schedules and annual festival dates.
  • 2 Post Office, R. Leopoldo Péres (near the town hall). Monday to Saturday: 8 AM to 5 PM; Sunday: closed.

Go next[edit]

Boats and speed boats head downstream to Manaus. Boats head upstream to Tabatinga, from where you can enter Peru and continue on to Iquitos.

For detailed information visit the Voyaging along the Amazon River article.

This city travel guide to Tonantins is a usable article. It has information on how to get there and on restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.