The full name of this busy transportation hub is Manaus International Airport - Eduardo Gomes (MAO). It is the third busiest international airport in Brazil and is located in the northern city of Manaus. The airport was the most modern in the country when it first started operating in the 1970s, and this tradition continued with many recent upgrades for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Here's a quick summary of the major sections of this bustling airport.
- Terminal One is the busiest here, handling both regional and international flights. It's also the biggest passenger terminal, taking up almost three times the floor space as the terminal two. Most of the amenities such as banking, shopping, and customs services are located in terminal one.
- Terminal Two handles national carriers and private flights only. It has many of the same amenities as the bigger passenger terminal, just with fewer choices.
- Cargo Terminals. MAO is just as important for cargo as it is for passengers. Three of the five terminals on site handle only cargo traffic, and are numbered one through three. Terminal one and two handle goods for export, while imported goods move through terminal three.
Most of the direct flights to and from MAO are regional or national, such as American Airlines flights to Miami and Spanish carrier Avior heading across the pond to Barcelona. If you need more choices for a global flight, your journey will likely include a connection to one of the larger airports in Sao Paulo.
Departure and Arrival Information
There are plenty of ways to connect with ground transport in Manaus from the airport. You have several choices that include both private and public options. Use our handy handy search tool to find rental cars and airport shuttles in advance. The airport is only 14 kilometers from the Manaus city center, making the trip a fairly quick one regardless of the transportation you choose.
- Rental Cars. Both passenger terminals at the airport have outlets for rental cars, with more of the choices located in terminal one. Four rental car outlets are located in the arrivals level of terminal one, and one is close to the boarding area of terminal two.
- Taxis. Four taxis companies operate from the airport, with three waiting in the arrivals hall of terminal one and the last one in terminal two, which is also in the arrivals section.
- Bus Services. You can take one of the express shuttles between the airport, several hotels, and certain points downtown, but the coach buses only run during certain times. The local Sinetran public transport line runs for 24 hours a day and the airport stop is conveniently located outside the common arrivals level.
What to see and do in Manaus
The state in which Manaus is located is called Amazonas, and with good reason, as this is the most populous city in the heart of the rainforest. Location makes ecotourism and other related activities a strong draw for visitors, and the difficult over land routes to the city have helped preserve the language and culture for future generations.
- Carneval. There are festivals all over the calendar, and the Carneval celebrations here in late February or early March. The celebrations are synonymous with street parties, processions, and samba dancing that often last all day and well into the night.
- The Meeting of the Waters. The rainforest is a big place, and this location is listed on every tour boat and wilderness guide's list. This is where Negro River meet the brown waters of the Solimoes River, and both seem to flow side by side without mixing for almost ten kilometers. The area is filled with placid waters ideal for swimming, lounging, and exploring.
- Mercado Adolpho Lisboa. Visit this part of town not only to see the city's oldest market, which is a perfect copy of a famous market in Paris, but also to explore the nearby historic buildings. The Justice Palace and the Amazonas Opera House are two examples, creative mixes of classic medieval and modern romantic designs.