Belém Off The Beaten Path

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    time to go

    by ines2003 Written Oct 15, 2013

    •Belém is a rainy city and hot. Humidity is very high. The climate is equatorial which means little variance from day to day. The wettest months are between January to May, but whenever you travel, be prepared for daily rain and high temperatures.
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    •To time your visit for a special event, go to Belém for the Círio de Nazaré on the second Sunday in October. Hymns, bells and fireworks mark the festival to the Virgin of Nazareth, Brazil's largest religious festival.

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    Santarem

    by pepples46 Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    a world away from the bustle of Belem or Manaus, 3 days by boat from both big Cities, Santarem is somehow rejected by the mainstream tourist flow, or is it not?
    Santarem had the highest population in the Americans before the Europeans arrived, and the region around Santarem was settled before the Andes. evidence is found through the black pottery...terra preta do Indio,( Indian black soil )
    so when you travel down the Amazon, don't avoid or pass the place, take some time and explore.
    K1W1 has some info on Santarem, with its beautiful beach, click the link below

    City Street
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    Icoaraci - The Production of Famous Pottery

    by mircaskirca Updated Jun 15, 2007

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    The city of Icoaraci is an attractive riverside little town. It lies 23 km north of Belem. The highlight of Icoaraci is the production of pottery which is very famous. These handicrafts are a genuine reproduction of the Indian ceramics from Marajo and Tapajo areas. The "marajoara pottery" is considered one of the most beautiful and elaborated potteries in the world.

    In Icoaraci you will be able to get some souvenirs and also admire the excellent work of the artisans. The better shops include Anisio Artesanato, Travessia Soledade 740 and Cultura Indigena, Travessia Soledade 790.

    There are frequent city buses marked "Icoaraci" from Av. Presidente Vargas in central Belem. It takes about an hour to get therei.

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    Amazon Star Tours

    by NedHopkins Updated Jan 1, 2007

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    I took a full-day tour with this company, having booked it online before leaving California.

    We left the hotel at 4:30 and reached Parrot Island about an hour later. I had a large boat, pictured right, all to myself (except for my guide, the pilot, and a crewman).

    As the sky lightened, a bird identified as a 'tripot' began squawking. The noise grew and slowly woke up the parrots. Tens of thousands of them, screeching their little hearts out, darkened the sky as they left the island in search of breakfast. They would not return till dusk -- then only to perch, sleep, and wake up the next day.

    And, no doubt, when the season was right, to make little parrots. An interesting feature of the birds' swarm was that -- as I could see through binoculars -- nearly all of the birds were flying in pairs.

    After breakfast a New Zealand couple came aboard; we cruised around the bay, stopped at a landing and walked through the jungle for an hour or so, went on a motorboat at breathtaking speeds through narrow streams, had lunch, did some more cruising, and returned to Belem a little before 4:00 in the afternoon.

    The price: R$310 (US$105). It would have been R$400 if I'd been alone all day and R$220 if the couple had booked both parts of the tour.

    The Amazon Queen

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    Zoo: a stroll in the park

    by melosh Written Aug 14, 2006

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    The entrance fee was reasonable (About a dollar) and the large trees provide shade for a relaxed walk in a garden-like setting in the middle of the city. Even on the Sunday I visited, it was not overcrowded. The animal presentations are a bit old fashioned and the signs in Portuguese, but overall I found this an unexpectedly pleasant off the street experience.

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    Cotijuba island: a paradise

    by sahori Updated Jan 25, 2006

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    Cotijuba still is not a very touristic destiny so, if you want to visit local fishermen's community surrounded by clear sand beachs, you should go there. One of the best thing to do there is to chat with the natives, they have many stories to tell. To go there you can take a bus or a van to Icoaraci and them take a boat to Cotijuba. It takes about 2 hours to get there

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    my treasure

    by pepples46 Updated Nov 28, 2005

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    the pottery I was talking about.
    survived my travels to Santarem and the Amazon, back to Nova Lima and then my departure from Rio, the Port of Victoria.
    crossing the Atlantic, arriving in Hamburg/Germany .....when I immigrated to New Zealand, we made the trip together.

    black pottery from Santarem
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    Rubbertrees

    by pepples46 Updated Sep 19, 2004

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    it was the Rubber boom marking the rise of the region around Santarem and the City as such a bustling trading Center.
    and....an escape place for Slaves who settled along the River, they where never conquered again, mixed with the Indian tribes and created a new society.

    Rubbertree's
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    A Jungle Tree Climber

    by NedHopkins Updated Mar 6, 2004

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    The berries of the acai palm tree are used for everything from medicine to condiment to beverage. (Only manioc, the most versatile of plants, has more uses.)

    On a 'jungle walk' our Amazon Star Tour guide just happened upon a man who, on cue, folded several palm leaves into a wreath, wrapped it around his ankles, and used the leverage it provided to enable him to climb the tree -- to get to where the precious acai berries were.

    Tree Climber

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    I Didn't Ask the Meaning of This

    by NedHopkins Updated Mar 2, 2004

    Hundreds of boats ferry passengers from Belem to some of the 50 islands in the Bay of Guajara or to other spots on the mainland.

    This one is named for Saddam Hussein. Why I don't know; but there is a sizeable Muslim population in the Belem area. It includes descendants of slaves who'd adopted Islam before they were brought to the New World.

    A Ferry I DIdn't Take

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    Don't Squawk: Call Home

    by NedHopkins Updated Mar 2, 2004

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    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.

    To an Englishman, 'Two Birds?'

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  • Visit UFPA - Federal...

    by cacau_99 Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Visit UFPA - Federal University of Pará, considered the most beautiful university of Brazil it is by Guamá River and was constructed during the 60's.
    Here is a steel chalet crossing to the other side of the chalet is the river...so the photographer had his back to Guamá River. Guamá River has its waters turbid as most of river from this region.

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  • Visit UFPA - Federal...

    by cacau_99 Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Visit UFPA - Federal University of Pará, considered the most beautiful university of Brazil it is by Guamá River and was constructed during the 60's.
    Here is a steel chalet crossing to the other side of the chalet is the river...so the photographer had his back to Guamá River. Guamá River has its waters turbid as most of river from this region.

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