World Cup 2014 City Guide: Manaus takes a look at the city of Manaus as the South American nation prepare to host World Cup 2014
Population: 1,802,014
Stadium: Arena da Amazonia
Big Clubs: None

Welcome to Manaus for World Cup 2014

Manaus is the capital of the Amazonas state and although it may not be a major footballing city, its location will surely make it one of the most exciting locations to watch football in the summer of 2014.

In Three Words

Nature, adventure and Boto

Local History

Like the rest of Brazil, Manaus was found by Portuguese settlers in the 17th century. The most important period of the city's history came between 1890 and 1920 where Manaus became the centre of the Amazon region's rubber boom which led to vast riches being brought to the area.

However, the boom and promises of wealth brought mass immigration to the region and once cheaper rubber plantations emerged in Asia, Manaus was left poverty-stricken with new mouths to feed. It's only in recent times were the city has started to fully recover.

Where To Party

To eat - Banzeiro: Renowned as being one of the best restaurants in Manaus, Banzeiro serves up traditional local cuisine in an ambient environment. Known for its excellent seafood menu at reasonable prices, recommended fish dishes include pirarucu and rib of tambaqui.

To drink - Cachacaria do Dede (below): This restaurant-cum-bar is one of Manaus' hidden gems and certainly the place to go if you fancy drinking Brazil's national cocktail, the Caipirinha.

To dance - All Night Pub: One of the most popular haunts in Manaus for a night out is the aptly-titled All Night Pub. Open until the early hours of the morning, the venue is renowned for its live music and spirits. Recommended club nights are on a Thursday and Saturday evening.

Famous Attractions

Piranha Lake (right): If piranhas are your thing then you will definitely want to be heading to Piranha Lake  which is located in Manacapuru, around 100 kilometres from Manaus. The fish which can be found in South American rivers and lakes are renowned for their sharp teeth and meaty appetite.

Amazon River: With Manaus located in the state of Amazonas, a visit to the area should be complete with a tour along the Amazon River, the second-longest river in the world. A trip along the river is the perfect way to view the Amazonian rainforest.

Manaus Zoo: If a trip to the Amazonian rainforest seems a little pricey, why not check out the city's zoo. At a fraction of the price you will be able to see rare animals such as black jaguars, spider monkeys and toucans in displays that attempt to reproduce their natural habitat.

Did You Know?

Manaus plays host to the world's largest samba festival which takes place every October, with more than 18 bands and over a 100,000 guests attending from all over the world.

Famous Citizen

The city of Manaus is home to mixed martial artist (MMA) and one of the stars of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Jose Aldo. The 26-year-old is ranked as the No.1 featherweight in the world by the MMA website Sherdog. Aldo currently boasts a record of 21 wins and only one defeat.