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The City of Mango Trees

Belem is the capital and also the biggest city of the state of Para with aproximately 2,1 million of inhabitants. It's a jumping-off point for those seeking for Amazon adventures and one of Brazil's busiest ports. The city is lying about 60 miles upriver from the Atlantic Ocean, near the equator. The river is the Para, part of the greater Amazon river system. One part of the city contains modern skyscrapers and the other part, the colonial section, has charming tree-filled squares, churches and traditional blue tiles. Belem is also known as "cidade das mangueiras" (the city of mango trees) due to the large number of those trees found in the city.

It's a hot and rainy city. Humidity is very high. The climate is equatorial which means little variance from day to day. The wettest months are between January and May, but whenever you travel, be prepared for daily rain and high temperatures.

There are some lovely islands worth exploring while you are in Belem: Ilha de Algodoal, Ilha de Marajo and Ilha de Cotijuba, all of them real ecological delights!!

  • Last visit to Belém: Dec 2006
  • Intro Updated Aug 17, 2008
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  • muguruki's Profile Photo
    Apr 13, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Tropical fruits, tropical BEERS, very tempting!

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2012 at 3:59 AM

    The City of Mangos, I like that name as I too love mango. And I would like to try all those fruits and nuts from the Amazonas, maybe buy them at the Ver-o-Peso Market.

  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Some wonderful things here in Belem. Thanks for sharing your experiences in this city.

  • ValbyDK's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2010 at 2:44 AM

    Great tips and photos. I also love fresh mangos.

  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:39 AM

    Hello Mira and thank you for the great tips. Love the idea of good food at a great price and free (or nearly so) mangos. We will ship to Europe from Belem and had wondered about it.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Great that the Theatro da Paz is still so well-preserved after all that time! Also the Emilio Goeldi installation and the Casa das Onze Janelas sound really interesting. And you were lucky to be there for the jazz festival!

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2008 at 3:06 AM

    Very good tips on fruits and other yummy things I've never heard of.

  • Nov 3, 2007 at 9:25 AM

    Hello Mira! Thank you for visiting my Septon Page! I love your BRAZIL Page and your tips! I really wish that I could one day visit Brazil too...perhaps even marry a football player from there...ha!ha!ha!

  • RafaelTheSecond's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2007 at 11:17 AM

    Belem is part of the entrance of the Amazon Forest, very close to the incredible Marajó island and it has a very funny people, very musical city and I love the mangoes trees! IT IS A GREAT START when you plan a trip to the forest!

  • luwan's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2007 at 11:12 AM

    *Chama da Amazonia é de Belém, mas tem varias lojas espalhadas pelo Brasil, inclusive aqui em Curitiba.*I saw you took great pics from belém, the last one (a building with yellow and blue colors) is a school.I've studied there (It's a Marista School).

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