Thanks to TripAdvisor’s outstanding Traveler Reviews, my husband and I (and another couple) stayed two nights at Maguire’s Guesthouse after our cruise ship docked recently in Manaus. We only wish we could have stayed longer! If you would like a truly authentic and memorable glimpse of life at the edge of the rainforest, this is the place for you.
The owners, Clive (Irish) and Naice (Brazilian), live (with their adorable young son and three dogs) in a lovely home which provides two guest rooms as well as a beautifully landscaped garden with a pretty gazebo and pool. Breakfast here is a real treat – especially the freshly made pancakes, cheese and fruit pastries, unusual (to us) local fruit juices, and wonderful, strong Brazilian coffee. We stayed in the larger room which was extremely bright and comfortable with its queen bed, AC, TV, mini-fridge, immaculate bathroom, and great view of the lush jungle foliage outside the large windows.
Clive has a motor boat to take guests on river excursions at moderate cost. We (and our travel companions) had a glorious ride on the Taruma tributary of the Rio Negro out to a former rubber plantation (now turned museum) where we learned everything we ever wanted to know about life during the rubber boom days. It was one of the highlights of our whole Amazon adventure.
Our hosts were warm, welcoming, helpful, and kind beyond words. As others have said – they provide free airport transfers and rides to and from nearby restaurants and Ponta Negra – always with a friendly smile and enlightening conversation. Clive made our arrival in Manaus so pleasant and easy when he came to the port to transport our luggage (along with that of our friends) to his home so that we could enjoy lunch and some of the sights in the city. Keep in mind that the guesthouse is 30-40 minutes from the city center, and that is precisely what makes it so attractive! For a couple of days we were able to share and enjoy family life with wonderful people who live in the middle of the Amazon and truly love it. There could be no finer travel experience to treasure and remember – and hopefully repeat – as we continue to explore our beautiful world.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located near the Tarum River, northwest of Manaus, Maguire's offers first-class b&b accommodation in air-conditioned rooms with en-suite bathrooms. We have a swimming pool and maloca-style eating/drinking area, and border forest with visiting animals. We provide free airport transfers, and offer boat trips on the Tarum. Your Irish and Brazilian hosts Clive and Naice will give you the warmest welcome and ensure your stay in Manaus is enjoyable. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Maguire's Guesthouse Manaus, AM, Brazil