The second largest freshwater archipelago of river islands in the world*. It is 100km long, and occupies 320,000 hectares.

 The Anavilhanas National Park is located between the cities of Manaus, Iranduba and Novo Airão in the Brazilian state of Amazonas. It is administered by the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBIO), Novo Airão is the entrance point to the park.

Important considerations for tourist visits to the Anavilhanas Archipelago, there is no communication within the park aboard a boat, at a local community and in the city of Novo Airão. There are few physical structures such as hotels and residences. In the park overnight stays are permitted in the following forms only: aboard boats, rustic shelters and/or camping Mosquito repellent, sunscreen, bathing suits, raincoats and flashlights are “must-have” items. 

* The Mariuá Archipelago, in the neighboring municipality of Barcelos, farther up the Rio Negro, is the largest freshwater archipelago in the world with over 700 islands.

How to visit the park

For a tourist visit to the park a tour must be purchased from an accredited tour, tourism or travel agency. All vessels, captains and guides must be accredited. For panoramic flights you can charter a seaplane.

Attractions and tours in the archipelago

One of the main attractions in Novo Airão is a short program that includes viewing, swimming and learning about the region’s famous Pink River Dolphins next to the port. Open daily.

Another attraction is a day-long motorboat tour to explore the islands of the archipelago. Available year round. In the dry season, between September and February, the attraction are the beaches that emerge along the banks of the Rio Negro and islands. During the rainy season, between March and August, the forests of the islands and surrounding tributaries are flooded and visitors can enjoy intimate visits amongst the Igapós.

How to get there

Departing from Manaus it is possible to reach the park by air, water or land routes. The air option is to charter a seaplane that lands directly on Rio Negro in front of Novo Airão. Time: approx. 50 minutes.

By boat from Manaus the route takes around 9 hours traveling up the Rio Negro and into the archipelago.

By land the trip can be made by car or bus, across the Rio Negro bridge and following the AM-070 highway for 86 km and AM -352 highway for 98 km to Novo Airão

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