Belém Travel Guide

  • Old Belem
    Old Belem
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  • Ver-o-peso market & harbour
    Ver-o-peso market & harbour
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  • Forte de Castelo
    Forte de Castelo
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Belém Things to Do

  • port of belem

    you can take the boat a 3pm it was already pretty full. My hammock was squeezed. we headed out of the port Belem at about 7pm. Five days later we should be arriving to Manaus. Stopping for a few hours in Santerem - About half-way to ManausStopping for a few hours in Santerem - About half-way to ManausThe days on the boat were not as bad and as slow...

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  • Best "pizza de jambú" at the Café...

    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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  • Estacao das Docas - Urban Leisure Centre

    Estacao das Docas (The Docks) was opened in May 2000. The old harbour was transformed in a huge modern centre of art, culture, leisure and gastronomy with the intention to increase the tourism of the state of Para. In the complex you find six restaurants with best regional food, bars, small brewery, ice-cream and confectionery shop, stalls and...

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  • Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi

    Known primarily as museum, the Emilio Goeldi installation is actually more of a botanical park and ecological research centre. Recognized as the first research centre for Amazonian studies, the park is dedicated to the study of all things Amazonian, including the flora, fauna and native cultures. It was founded in 1866 and reorganized in 1890 by...

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  • Mangal das Garças Park

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  • Theatro da Paz

    Incredilbe theater built in 1878 in the Cicle of Rubber in Amazon Rainforest.More pics on Theatro da Paz Travelogue

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Belém Hotels

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  • Crowne Plaza Belem Hotel

    Avenida Nazare 375, Bela Vista, State of Para, 66035-170, Brazil

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Le Massilia

    I never stayed in any hotel in Belém as I live here, but we have put lots of visitors up at the...

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  • Expresso XXI - Batista Campos

    Rua Pres. Pernambuco 116, Bairro Batista Campos, Belem, State of Para, 66015200, Brazil

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Belém Restaurants

  • Tipical food

    Taste delicious tipical meals of this restaurant, eat açaí with everything!See the other photos! Açaí!!!!Açaí!!!Açaí!!!!

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  • Yet another vegan restaurant - the best...

    Every day the Oasis has a different meal, an excellent vegan dish you can order for 250g, 350g or 500g. They also have fresh juices that are very good (for example, pinapple with mint or lemon with ginger). Desserts feature banana cake, papaya or maracujá mousse. Zuccini-Cake

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  • Don't miss Açaí and Local foods

    Saudosa Maloca is located in front of Belém (into jungle), therefore you need to get a boat in order to cross Guamá River and appreciate Belém on the other side.The restaurant has a lot of local meals and juices. Wonderful!

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Belém Nightlife

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    by mircaskirca Updated Mar 12, 2007

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    Baiacool Jazz Festival is the only festival of local jazz. It has two annual editions: one in July in Salinas and other at the end of the year in Belem.

    The festival lasted from Friday, 15th of December to Sunday, 17th of December 2006 and it was for the fourth year. I came to Belem on Friday afternoon and did not know the festival was going on. I hit on the first night while I was hanging around the city. In fact I was quite lucky!

    This time there were three days to show all the versatility of instrumental music, from flutist and saxophone-player Carlos Malta to guitarist Tomati, from singer Nika Stuart to guitarist of heavy metal band Angra, Kiko Loureiro. The festival opened great Amazonia Jazz Band.

    It took place in the amphitheatre of Estacao das Docas, a lovely surroundings by the river Guajara, and it was free!!

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Belém Transportation

  • ....to Belém

    The easiest way to go to Belém is by plane. You can get good rates if you buy the ticket in advance. Take a look in Gol (www.voegol.com.br)The other two ways to go to Belém is by bus or by boat. Depending on where is your departure you can take several hours (from São Luiz- Maranhão to Belém: 14 hours by bus) or several days ( from Santarém to...

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  • extrem distances to and from

    in 1960 Brasil started it big project connecting the Atlantic with the Pacific Ocean, building the Transamazonica or Highway BR-230, lot of Rainforest diappeared, many Indian Tribes where robbed of their land, actually a sad event at the time. thank god these days enviromental issus are handeled more careful and considered for all people and...

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  • The best way of getting to or...

    The best way of getting to or leaving from Belem is by boat. I would recommend leaving this way as the trip up the river tends to keep to the edge of the Amazon (to keep out of the main current)and therefore there is plenty to see. The river, I was told is 14kms wide in some places so when travelling down the middle you are likely to miss a lot.

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Belém Shopping

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  • Sao Jose Liberto: Gifts, gems and local...

    The former prison "Sao Jose Liberto" is now a relaxed place with a small gem museum (free entry), jewelery workshops, jewelery shops and some stands with really nice local crafts.It has no touristic (=high) prices, is totally relaxed (contrary to the shopping malls), and has an atmosphere in the best of taste. jewelerylocal craft absolutely fair...

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  • Arts & Crafts

    A large crafts fair that has the city's biggest range of attractive artwork is located on Praca da Republica from Friday to Sunday. There are also several stalls offering local dishes, cakes (usually made of various local fruits) and other sweets and coconut vendors. You can find everything from Marajo and Tapajo pottery, objects of jute and...

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  • Scent of the Amazon

    Chamma da Amazonia is a beautiful shop that presents delights and misteries from Brazilian Amazon. Theirs products are of good quality, ecologically correct and assure customers physical and spiritual pleasure.They blends flowers, fruits, herbs, roots, seeds that the nature discard and are collected by experts of florestry, vegetal oils and...

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Belém Local Customs

  • Açaí

    All Belém citizens and others from countryside, LOVE eat (drink) açaí a lot, either at lunch/dinner or another moment!Add flour and sugar due your preference.It's spectacular!

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  • Maniçoba

    Maniçoba is one of the several paraense cookery dishes, from indiginous origin. It is made with mince stew "maniva" leaves for about 1 week (in order to take out the Hydrogen cyanide - HCN, beacuse it is poisonous) and after added pork, meat and other salty smoked ingredients.More photos in October, by my next Belém trip. Awaits.

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  • 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.

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Belém Warnings and Dangers

  • Falling Mangoes - When Danger Has Its...

    Mango is my favourite tropical fruit from what I can get in Europe. Since Belem is called the city of mango trees I knew I would be eating a lot of mangoes there. It was a great surprise when I found out that at Ver-o-Peso market I can get ten mangos for only 1 RS (1/2 US$)!! Also three pineapples for the same price!! All together only 1 US$!! That...

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  • ANTI-MALARIAL PILLS NOT DISPENSED

    If you are going into the Amazon Jungle and are those who prefer to protect yourself against malaria, do arrange to purchase your anti-malarial pills before you arrive in Brazil. Here, you CANNOT buy anti-malarial pills from pharmacies.But, if you get malaria, of course, they will TREAT you.

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  • Beware killer coconuts

    Most of the major streets in Belem are lined with palm trees. High palm trees. When the coconuts are ripe they fall -- fast and hard. The sight of a car with a large dent in its roof is not uncommon. Worse yet, each year a handful of people are die after being bonked on their heads by killer coconuts.

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Belém Tourist Traps

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    by pjallittle Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Tourist traps are a thing of your own choice and I feel silly talking about it. Surely if you are sophisticated enough to travel halfway around the World, you know a tourist trap when you see one. If you allow a guide to take you there and don't dress the guide down, that's your fault.

    Assert yourself.

    This is all just common sense. It is you that puts the money on the table. Once you have done that, and later find out that you could have gotten the article for less, what point is there in lamenting? You thought it was a good deal when you bought it?

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Belém What to Pack

  • Blame it on the rain

    you can bet your bottom dollar it will rain almost every day (usually early afternoon ) for at least a while. Bring an umbrella.

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  • 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...

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  • Packing List

    Maybe our food can affect your stomach so please take with you some medicine to diarrhea and vomit, maily if you are not accustumed with boats trips...You may need to take some boats because our transportation is mainly by boats to the coutry side.

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Belém Off The Beaten Path

  • time to go

    •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. •Check today's weather. •To time your visit for a special event, go to Belém for the Círio de Nazaré...

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  • Santarem

    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...

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  • Icoaraci - The Production of Famous...

    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...

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Belém Favorites

  • 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...

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  • Everything you need in just one place

    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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  • Go to Guajará bay and wait for...

    Go to Guajará bay and wait for the sunset!picture take by Miguel Chikaoka Sunset in Belém makes me think of God!

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