After disembarking from your cruise ship at Porto Flutuante, you will immediately see this exquisite Custom House (Alfândega in Portuguese). It was constructed in 1909 with bricks imported from England. Some people claim this was the first prefabricated building in South America. A few steps away brings you to the core of the city. Many seasoned tourists love exploring ports independently. But in Manaus, you are encouraged to sign up for a ship excursion or arrange for a professional guide in advance. This assures a safe and enjoyable experience.