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  • You must got to Estação das...

    by cacau_99 Written Sep 12, 2002

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    You must got to Estação das Docas, a place where you have restaurants, artcraft shoping, regional music, folckloric dance presentations and the best: Guajará Bay! A very big window to Guajará Bay. Oh, forgot to say, there you also have a theather, boats for a tour at the Bay and a galery with expositions of our artists.
    Variety of nice things to do.

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    cheap sightseeing

    by sanguin Updated Sep 17, 2006

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    A bus that takes you pretty much to most of the interesting places in Belém is the "443 - Pedreira Lomas Utinga". It passes the Bairro Marco (and the little forest nearby), Pedreira, Umarizal, Ver-O-Peso, Cidade Velha (the historic center), Batista Campos, Iguatemi (one of the two big shopping centers with cinemas) and the Praça da República and it's only R$ 1,35. Nice if you just want to relax and see the city.

    Actually, there is a cool version of the bus we call "fresquinho", it has almost the same route, is a little more expensive (R$ 2,25), but a smaller, more comfortable bus with air condition.

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    Belem Food Market

    by johnkebab Written Feb 22, 2006

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    During the day, the streets off of the side of the main street are taken up with market stalls selling everything you would expect from a market, but take a trip down to the waterfront and you come across (2) entirely different markets.

    The 1st market you come across is the food market, under permanent canvas, lots of little stalls selling all sorts of local foods, its very local so not at all your 5* cuisine, but its really cool, if you carry on closer to the waterfront you can find a couple of bars and also some juice bars that sell their fruit juices in plastic bags.

    Further along the waterfront you come to the spice market where they sell absolutely everything spicewise under the sun, they also have some excellent local arts and crafts and quite cheap too.

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    Best "pizza de jambú" at the Café Imaginário

    by sanguin Updated Jul 7, 2007

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    Ever had pizza with palm heart and jambú (regional plant of Pará that makes your tongue shiver) - it's delicioussssssss!!!
    The Café Imaginário has the best in town and is also a very nice place to hang out, listen to live music and enjoy the colorful ambiente.

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    AMAZON RIVER : TAKE A RIVERBOAT DOWN THE AMAZON

    by swesn Written Nov 29, 2006

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    Hammock class with more than 200 hammocks!

    Depending on your interest, time of travel, level of adventure and craziness, taking the riverboat down the Amazon River is indeed one of those character-building experiences.

    There are many types of riverboats of different conditions and they depart on different days.

    I took Amazon Star which departs on Wednesday evenings, so I shall provide my tips based on this.

    This is quite a big riverboat with an air-conditioned compartment. I certainly recommend that you PAY EXTRA and buy the ticket for the air-conditioned compartment. Believe me, 5 / 6 days / nights on the Amazon River, you will certainly appreciate it! Also, the non-air-conditioned compartment down below is more like a container where they stock up on sacks and crates, etc... to be transported to the riverside-towns. They place more importance on space for the goods, than for people.

    Although the riverboat leaves at 6pm, go there early in the morning at 8am or so and register yourself. Why? Because you should hang your hammock at the choice spots as soon as you can. Well, the recommended place is to hang your hammock as close to the front as possible because the toilets are at the back. But because everyone thinks like that, the front area is very cramped and people literally hang hammocks one, on top of another. So, you might return and find your hammock buried under others, laden with babies and toddlers.

    Meanwhile, the middle portion is usually more spacious, so this is a good spot. The only problem is that from around 11am to about 5pm, ironically the hottest part of the day, the air-conditioners (located at the front and back) are switched off and the middle of the middle portion is the hottest.

    The lights are never switched off, so wear an eye-mask or cover your face with a dark cloth if it bothers you.

    Food is not interesting, mostly overcooked beef and rice, but not as bad as I imagined. Bring some snacks along to fill your tummy then.

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    Beautiful Music, Beautiful Building

    by NedHopkins Updated Mar 6, 2004

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    Conservatory Carlo Gomes

    No less a composer than Guiseppe Verdi praised the Brazilian Carlo Gomes, and no less an artist than Placido Domingo has recorded Gomes's greatest opera, I Guarani, a tale of love and blood that has -- as a subplot -- a respect and concern for the most numerous of aboriginal Brazilians.

    Streets, parks, and theatres throughout Brazil are named for Gomes -- as is this conservatory, located in a beautiful 19th century building.

    In rigorously modernizing Belem, it is always refreshing to come upon buildings like this -- often preserved between high rises. We can hope they will be long protected.

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    Museum of Marajo on the Island

    by sanguin Updated Dec 7, 2005

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    not the museum, but a travel companion on the way

    If you're in Belém, take a boat to the Island of Marajó (to Camará) and from there a bus or van to Cachoeira do Ararí. There, you'll find one of the most beautiful museums that I've ever seen. Established by a padre, everything in the museum is interactive; wooden "computers" teach you what alternative medicine you need for which disease, images and stories tell the history of the Island, including the inidigenous cultures, the history of slavery and local flora and fauna.
    The museum even features a two-headed buffalo!
    Seriously, I spent hours there and still didn't see and read everything, it's very beautiful and certainly worth a visit.

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    Forte de Castelo

    by rui_bijie Written Jan 13, 2004

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    Sunset from the Forte de Castelo

    Recently renovated fort, really nice place to wander around, get some nice views of the city, and watch the sunset! Hosts also a small museum (history of Belem).
    open 08:00-12:00 and 14:00-18:00 (free admission)

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    Palacio Lauro Sodre

    by NedHopkins Updated Mar 6, 2004

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    Palacio Lauro Sodre

    Built in 1762-72 by an ITalian architect, the Palacio Lauro Sodre was originally the seat of the Portuguese government of northeastern Brazil. (Portugal ruled what is now Brazil as two separate colonies until the late 18th century.)

    Today the Palacio houses the Estado do Para government as well as a museum tracing the area's history.

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    The 'Rubber' Church

    by NedHopkins Updated Mar 4, 2004

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    Basilica N S do Nazare

    Like the Teatro da Paz, the Basilica N S de Nazare was built from the profits of the rubber trade. It was consecrated in 1909.

    Lavishly decorated with gold and Carrara marble, the church was modeled on St Paul's outside the Walls (San Paolo fuori le Mura) in Rome.

    Each October the basilica is the focus of a major religious festival. A statue of the Virgin Mary -- miraculously discovered on the site of the basilica -- is carried through the streets to the Cathedral da Se. For two weeks Belem celebrates 'Cirio,' or the Festival of Candles, an event that compares with Carnaval.

    Groups from Belem sometimes participate in Riio's Carnaval, carrying a copy of their wondrous statue.

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  • You Must program a trip to...

    by cacau_99 Written Sep 8, 2002

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    You Must program a trip to Algodoal Island!
    There you will have a chance to see one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil, a lake made of sweet water named Lago da Princesa, a very nice people and also will have a chance of dance/listen to Carimbó music (folklore).
    Really Paradise on earth!
    The beauty!

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  • You must got to Estação das...

    by cacau_99 Written Sep 8, 2002

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    You must got to Estação das Docas, a place where you have restaurants, artcraft shoping, regional music, folckloric dance presentations and the best: Guajará Bay! A very big window to Guajará Bay. Oh, forgot to say, there you also have a theather, boats for a tour at the Bay and a galery with expositions of our artists.
    Variety of nice things to do.

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    Rodrigues Alves Woods - we...

    by twy Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Rodrigues Alves Woods - we went a couple of times - it was great. There's lots of trees, lakes, free birds and animals at this park. It's huge - about 16 hectares of preserved forest.
    Rodrigues Alves Woods gives you a chance to see lots of forest stuff that you might not see if you don't have the chance to explore Brazil...

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    Tastefully restored historical waterfront area

    by travgran Written Nov 10, 2006

    The waterfront area is a delight to visit for anyone with a sense of the facinating history of Belem. A city of 1.4 million inhabitants 160 km (96 miles) from the Atlantic and the largest port on the Amazon, it was founded by the Portuguese in 1616 as the City of Our Lady of Bethlehem (Belem in Portuguese) Belem was a slaving port, exporting spices and cacau. Illness so decimated the local population that in the mid 18th century a royal decree issued in Lisbon, to encourage growth, every white man who married an indian woman would recieve: "one ox, two scissors, some cloth, clothes, two cows and two bushels of seed".
    The Forte do Castelo dates from the foundation era. Today it is open as an historical building and has a really well thought out museum at the entrance. Palacio Laura Sodre built 1772, now houses the Para State Museum, almost next door is Palacio Antonio Lemos (1883), now the Belem Art Museum. Both palaces are beautifully restored. Opposite is the 1750's Cathedral and around the corner is the Museum of Sacred Art. Casa das Onze Janelas, an art museum and excellent restaurant is nearby.
    The fishing harbor and wonderful Mercado Ver-o-Peso (means check the weight) are a short walk away from the historical area. The old dock area (Estacao das Docas) is just a bit further East, now shops and restaurants.
    This whole restored area reminds me very much of New Orleans' (pre Katrina) riverfront area, Riverwalk, French Market, historical buildings including a cathedral and some shady characters to be on the look-out for.

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    The old fort

    by johnkebab Written Feb 22, 2006
    um, Canons?
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    One for the history buffs, most old towns have one and Belem isn't any different, look back to the bad old days, when the fort was in use for the defence of the town, its very well maintained and worth doing, but, if forts aren't your thing, then don't bother, nice setting though.

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