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    Where is Belem

    by Chinggis_n_Borte Updated May 22, 2015

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    Favorite thing: When I was told by the Captain and showed me a telegram from charterers to plot a course and plan for Hamburg to Belem route. My first thought was, where what in part of the world is Belem. It was at the advent when there was no internet yet those years and ships relies on radiograms and telegrams and morse code radio communications so it was a historical thing to me of my old work.

    I was a first mate in those years of a German cargo ship. However we arrived over and over to this Harbour (Belem) which , I would call the gateway to Amazon rain forests infact it is not a forests but a jungle during those years when illegal logging is just starting to sprout out. Inside amazon small villages like Santarem, Buusutuba, Fontanelle, Manaus and many more villages that is not heard of but only by illegal logging consortium who built these small villages.

    The town of Belem is the biggest populated area of Brazil in the Amazon perhaps those years about 350,000 population when I first visited, it may have tripled by now.

    In one of my night outs at the plaza I noticed that there are a lot of German speaking and French speaking tourists and a few from USA and UK. Most tourist hang around The Crown Plaza Hotel it is then a 3-4 star hotel and the sophisticates of Belem use to dine and party here. This is where I tasted my first Brazilian charcoal grilled spicy chicken now served at Nandos all over the world. At that time Nandos is non existent yet.

    Not very far is the cheaper place to hang around known as the Sergipe Plaza where locals buy local home made fruit juices ice creams and more. There is also a huge Botanical Garden at the middle of the town which is large in area and families use to go there on weekends for a stroll, at this Botanical garden there is like a mini zoo monkeys and other animals you will never find in other parts of the world but only in Amazon jungle.

    Chinggis K

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    • Jungle and Rain Forest

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    Pato no tucupi, Manicoba and more

    by rui_bijie Written Jan 13, 2004

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    Favorite thing: 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.

    unhas de caranguejo (crab claws)

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    Everything you need in just one place

    by hmoitta Updated Jan 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Estação das Docas is a place you should go if you are in Belém, the old harbour which was transformed in a leisure complex. It has regional food and ice_cream, regional beer, tours in the river with local dances , permanent and temporary exhibitions, music concerts, regional gift shops and a wonderful view of the bay. It is closed on Mondays.

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  • Visit Our Bosque Rodrigues...

    by cacau_99 Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Visit Our Bosque Rodrigues Alves, 16 hec aproximately of preserved forest where you will have a notion of the Beuty of our Rain Forest...Here a iron chalet at Rodrigues Alves...
    This tree with yellow flowers we call here Ipê Amarelo. Beutiful isn't it? You can see this tree like in this pic (pic took by Miguel Chikaoka)from july till september.

    Fondest memory: My best memory of Belém is Our Guajará Bay... I simply love it!! I like to go there to wait for the sunset...

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    Eat Cairu Ice Cream...

    by twy Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Eat Cairu Ice Cream everyday... I'm not kidding... It's the best Ice Cream in the world, and ever since I left Belem I've thought about it everyday. We would walk for over an hour to get to Cairu, even in the sweltering heat... The best flavors are Tapioca and Mango... So Super.

    Fondest memory: My fondest memory is the shopping for Hammocks - the first day we went they tried to charge us 30 real, the next day, 20 real, the third day - it was down to 10 real... we took that deal, but later found them cheaper - oh well!

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  • Visit Our Bosque Rodrigues...

    by cacau_99 Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Visit Our Bosque Rodrigues Alves, 16 hec aproximately of preserved forest where you will have a notion of the Beuty of our Rain Forest...Here a iron chalet at Rodrigues Alves...
    This tree with yellow flowers we call here Ipê Amarelo. Beutiful isn't it? You can see this tree like in this pic (pic took by Miguel Chikaoka)from july till september.

    Fondest memory: My best memory of Belém is Our Guajará Bay... I simply love it!! I like to go there to wait for the sunset...

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    I rather doubt that anyone...

    by pjallittle Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing:
    I rather doubt that anyone has followed us along on our voyage around all of South America and the many stops which we made. On VT, that would be a daunting task indeed.

    We began this trip in February of 1998, just a month after having beein in CHINA where we began in the city of BEIJING and ended after a month of traipsing around all over the best of CHINA whereupon we took a two week cruise from HONG KONG ending up in SINGAPOREWe then spent another month covering ~ MALAYSIA & THAILAND ~ before returning to our home.

    BELEM was not a big ticket item for either of us as we, along with most on the ship, were all anticipating one of the principal reasons that many of us had in common, THE AMAZON RIVER and had been talking to one another about it for weeks.

    Fondest memory:
    No offense intended to residents of this city, but it just was not high on the agenda for reasons explained. The city is, after all, the economic center of the STATE OF PARA as well, it is the Capital City. It has a very rich and important history.

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  • Go to Guajará bay and wait for...

    by cacau_99 Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Go to Guajará bay and wait for the sunset!
    picture take by Miguel Chikaoka

    Fondest memory: Sunset in Belém makes me think of God!

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  • Go to Guajará bay and wait for...

    by cacau_99 Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Go to Guajará bay and wait for the sunset!
    picture take by Miguel Chikaoka

    Fondest memory: Sunset in Belém makes me think of God!

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