Home to almost two million people, Manaus sits in the heart of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest and is the only World Cup host city located in the northwest fringes of the country.

The city sits on the confluence of the Solimões and the Rio Negro, one of the largest rivers of the Amazon Basin. As a result of its isolation, Manaus is primarily only accessible by boat or aeroplane.

One of the city’s most impressive sights is the AmazonTheatre, a stunning renaissance style opera house which acts as Manaus’ cultural heartbeat. Its eclectic event’s calendar includes the Amazonas Opera Festival in May.

Come the weekend in Manaus, all roads and rivers lead to Praia da Lua. The beach, located near the affluent suburb of Ponta Negra, is a popular spot to cool down from the city’s tropical swelter. 

It’s customary for many neighbourhoods in Manaus to decorate their streets by means of friendly competition. Here a street is already festooned with Brazilian colours ahead of the World Cup.

Along with petroleum refining and brazil nut processing, tourism is one of the main industries in Manaus. Here a woman is selling tickets for one of the many Amazon boat trips leaving from the city.

Manaus hosts England vs Italy on Saturday 14 June, Cameron vs Crotia on Wednesday 18 June, USA vs Portugal on Sunday 22 June and Honduras vs Switzerland on Wednesday 25 June

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