Expresso XXI - Batista Campos
Rua Pres. Pernambuco 116, Bairro Batista Campos, Belem, State of Para, 66015200, Brazil
More about Belém
simple, clean rooms
Theatro da Paz
Are there ATM machines available to withdraw cash in the local currency? If not, will my hotel be able to exchange my money into their currency or will that option be available at the airport? Do a lot of people speak English?
RE: miscellaneous information
In Belem people don't speak Englisch.
Change your money (dollar or euro) in the "casa do cambio". You can trust it and you get the best exchange. In the great cities (and Belem is one) there are casas de cambio. Ask for it. Try to change as less as possible at the airport or at the Hotel. The exchange is mutch better in the "casas de cambio". Most of casa de cambio are located in the tourist agencies nd is not forbitten in Brasil.
RE: miscellaneous information
I found good functioning convenient ATMs pretty much throughout Belem. The ones I used were often inside the bank before one got to the windows and offices. (It think the NSBC or NBSC was the most convenient. The machines do communicate in English. The exchange rate is good but you should be aware of the fees your bank may charge for taking out cash. Lots of Visa cards will charge 3% (1-4%) for foreign exchange, plus you do start to pay at the maximum interest rate when you take out the money. I have a card that only charges me 1% and I prepay into it to avoid the high interest charges. You can use a credit card to pay lots of bills, but be careful to never let it out of your sight. good luck. bob
Travel Tips for Belém
Pato no tucupi, Manicoba and more
Whenever in Belem try one of the typical dishes:
Pato no tucupi: duck in tucupi-sauce (tucupi = juice of the manioc root)
Manicoba: stew like Feijoada that takes a week to prepare; instead of the beans, the green leaves of the manioc are ground and cooked at least for 7 days (to neutralize the poison in the leaves)
and of course the delicious sea food:
Local fish: filhote, dourada, pescada amarela; also try the unhas de caranguejo (crab claws) and casquinha de caranguejo (stuffed crab).
See my travel pages for some restaurant tips.
Pato no Tucupi
Pato (duck) no Tucupi is a tipical food from paraense cookery, made with tucupi (a broth made with wild cassava) and jambu (a native variety of paracress).
Widely consumed on Cirio de Nazaré period, in October, but you can find it in several tipical restaurants in Belém over whole year.
More photos in October when I will go to Belém. Awaits.
you are in the tropics..Rainforest
up to you, but I would recommend a small backpack, which can be used for all daytrips good shoes essential, boots would come handy and my advice, natural fabrics are the best, white...mosquitos somehow do not like it no problems with that, but of course if you prefer ...bring your own.
medication, ask your GP, usually you get everything in Drugstores without prescription it is humid and wet, protect your gear, sealable plasticbag these days should do the trick well, thats up to you...but in the Jungle or Rainforest, some special care has to be taken of... torch, pocketknife, toiletpaper, lighter are all useful wee gadgets to have....the old Docks in Belem are a good place to stock up on essentials, Mercado Velho. ...Ver-O-Peso for fresh food
Don't Squawk: Call Home
Imaginatively designed telephone 'booths' exist throughout Brazil.
This one, in Belem, is my favorite: at home I have two hyacinth macaw (arara azul) pets.
(The girl making a phone call isn't bad either.)
This 'phone booth' is on Praca Dom Pedro II, opposite the colonial palaces that now house state and municipal government offices.
Traditional Food with a Touch of Portuguese
I really loved fish from the Amazon that I ate every day while travelling in the state of Para. Just for a little change once I decided to go to vegetarian restaurant and try some veggie from the Amazon, soya... I was looking for particular place but when I came there I found it was closed. There was another restaurant next to it which looked quite nice so I did not think twice, just entered.
There was a quiet atmosphere in the restaurant. Service was excellent! Ther menu contained traditional favourites as well as some more adventurous dishes, mostly fish. With a help of waiter I chose pirarucu, also called "bacalhau da Amazonia" (codfish from the Amazon). They prepared it on a way the Portugueses do it and it was superb-quality and absolutely delicious!!