After pickup at your Manaus hotel, travel to the Museu do Seringal Vila Paraiso (Rubber Museum). Meet your local onsite guide and begin exploring the recreation of a 19th-century rubber estate. Start your tour with a 20-minute boat ride along the Rio Negro to a waterfront warehouse where boats were kept to ship rubber around the world.
Stroll along a short walkway in the jungle to see the rubber trees themselves and view various rubber-making tools. Watch your guide tap rubber from the trees and see how the smoking process worked. Then, visit the recreated homes of the typical rubber workers to see the poor conditions under which they worked and lived.
Step inside a replica of a rubber baron's home from that era, the Rubber Master House. The architecture and luxurious appointments in the home tell the tale of how much wealth rubber brought to some Brazilian citizens during its boom times.
After this fascinating 4-hour tour detailing one facet of Brazil's history from the 19th century, return to your Manaus hotel for drop-off.