Beautiful, fascinating city with much to see and do.
heat and rain
Belem , sympathetic surprise at the mouth of the Amazon
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
Avenida Nazare 375, Bela Vista, State of Para, 66035-170, Brazil
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
Rua Pres. Pernambuco 116, Bairro Batista Campos, Belem, State of Para, 66015200, Brazil
Good for: Couples
Av Julio Cesar, 1675, Val de Cans, Belem, State of Para, 66613010, Brazil
Good for: Couples
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-Cakemore
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!!
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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.more
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...more
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.more
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.more
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.
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?
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...more
•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...more
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...more
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...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...more
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.more