The capital city of the state of Para is one of the oldest in Brazil and it’s not by chance that it is known as the mango tree city. Some streets are true mango tree corridors that exude a pleasant fragrance and provide shade for those who go through them.
Belem is one of those cities that have everything, from beaches to forest, from historical landmarks to modern tourist points. And on top of all that, there is the intense fragrances, flavors, customs, sounds of Para and the tropical spark of its people.
Due to the proximity to the Amazon Forest, it rains a lot. The weather is also hot the whole year round.
Walking through the streets in Belem, you get to Cidade Vellha (Old City) or Feliz Lusitania, one of the most important cultural and historical references in the state. Among museums, palaces and mansions, there are beautiful buildings from the time when rubber tapping brought European riches and luxuries to Belem. The Forte do Castelo do Senhor Santo Cristo do Presépio de Belem (Fortress of the Castle of Our Lord Holy Christ of the Nativity of Belem) , also known as Forte do Presepio, can also be visited.
In the Old City, you can also visit Mangal das Garças Park, where you can find hundreds of aquatic birds, like herons and tuiuius, and visit the observatory over the Guama river.
Another must-see is the Ver-o-Peso Market, where you find fruits, native Brazilian and marajoara handicraft, fish, etc. There you can try most of the delicious dishes of Para’s gastronomy. Açai, typical fruit from the Amazon, unha de carangueijo, a treat filled with crab meat, and tacaca, a kind of broth made with manioc starch, jambu leaves and dry shrimp.
To enjoy yourself, a good suggestion is Estaçao das Docas (Dock Station). The place offers restaurants, shows and handicraft. There you can watch a carimbo presentation, a typical dance of native Brazilian origin and African influence.
Adventure is a sure thing on the hikes through the forest and boat rides, since Belem is located in the Amazon region and is permeated by rivers. Some islands have amazing beaches, like Mosqueiro.
The beaches formed by rivers, or those in the Atlantic coast or igarapes (canals flowing into the woods) are ideal to enjoy the sunny weather in Para. Alter do Chao beach, in Santarem, is a great option.
Belem International Airport receives direct flights from great Brazilian capital cities and international flights from Miami, Cayenne, Lisbon and Paramaribo.
Av. Júlio Cesar, s/n, Val-de-Cans, Belém (PA)
+55 (91) 3210-6000
Belem Bus TerminalBelem Bus Terminal receives intermunicipal and interstate lines.
Address: Praça do Operário, Terminal Rodoviário de Belém, bairro de São Brás, Belém
+55 (91) 3266-2625
The city has a great structure for fluvial transportation. Belem Harbor is connected to other destinations in northern Brazil, like Manaus, Santarem and Macapa.
Av. Marechal Hermes, Belém, Pará
+55 (91) 3182-9088 / +55 (91) 3182-9173
Personal or Rental Vehicles
You can rent a car to drive around Belem and see other destinations nearby in Para. This map may help you.
Some tourism companies offer boat rides to see the Amazon Forest, Belem’s shoreline, some river communities (ribeirinhos) and the nearby islands. The more traditional tours depart from Estação das Docas:
Av. Boulevard Castilho, s/n, Bairro Campina, Belém
+55 (91) 3212-5525
The most comfortable way to move around the city is by taxi. Check the rate and companies that provide this service.
The area code in Belem is 91.
Para Tourism Secretariat: +55 (91) 3110-5000
Medical Emergency (Samu): 192
Belem is one of the rainiest capitals in the country, with hot weather the whole year round.
In order to enter Brazil, it is not mandatory to be vaccinated against any disease. However, it is recommended to vaccinate against yellow fever(transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito) before visiting Belem. In case you haven’t been vaccinated, it is necessary to do so at least 10 days prior to your travel (this is not required if you have been vaccinated against this disease before).
Mind your belongings in crowded places.