The capital of the State of Pará is one of the oldest of Brazil and is not known as a city of mango trees for nothing: some streets are more like tunnels of mango trees perfuming the city and casting shadows for passersby.
Walking through the streets of Belém, you come to the Cidade Velha (The Old City) or Feliz Lusitânia, one of the major references of culture and history in the State. Between museums, small palaces and mansions, there are beautiful buildings from the time when the extraction of rubber paved the way for wealth and European luxury in Belém. The Forte do Castelo do Senhor Santo Cristo (the Lord Saint Jesus Castle Fortress of the Nativity Scene of Belém), known as the Forte do Presépio (Nativity Scene Fortress), can also be visited.
The religious complex has attractions such as the Sé Cathedral . From this cathedral, every second Sunday in October, one of the largest religious processions in the country begins : the Círio de Nazaré.
In Cidade Velha (the Old Town), you can also go to the Mangal das Garças Park , which houses hundreds of water birds, such as egrets and jabirus, and iguanas, a butterfly farm and a famous viewing spot for the Guama river.
Another must-see attraction is the Mercado Ver-o-Peso (Ver-o-Peso Market), where you will find fruits, indigenous handicrafts and marajoara art (art from the island of Marajó in Pará state) and of course, lots and lots of locally caught fish! There, you can taste culinary delights from Pará, such as the acai berry (typical fruit of the Amazon), unha de caranguejo (crab claws: a delicious snack stuffed with the meat of this crustacean) and tacacá (a refreshing broth made from manioc, dried shrimp and jambu leaves that leaves a tingling sensation in the mouth and is truly a taste like no other).
For fun, a good meeting point is the Estação das Docas. The space offers restaurants, shows and handicrafts, and regular carimbó performances – a traditional dance of indigenous origin and African influence.Adventure is guaranteed on the trails through the forest and on the boat trips, since Belém is in the Amazon region and is surrounded by rivers. Some islands have incredible beaches, such as the Mosqueiro beach.
Belém is one of those complete cities, with beaches and forests; with cultural hotspots ranging from historical heritage to modern tourist attractions. All of it is harmonized with Pará's intensity of smells, tastes, customs, sounds and the joy of its tropical people.
Belém International Airport receives direct flights from Large Brazilian cities and direct international flights from Miami, Cayenne, Lisbon and Paramaribo.
Av. Júlio Cesar, s/n, Val-de-Cans, Belém (PA)
+ 55 (91) 3210-6000
The Belém Bus Station has intercity and interstate routes.
Praça do Operário (Operário square), Belém Bus Station, São Brás neighborhood, Belém
+ 55 (91) 3266-2625
The city has a great structure of water transport. The Porto de Belém (Belém harbor) interconnects with other destinations in northern Brazil, such as Manaus, Santarém and Macapá.
Av. Marechal Hermes, Belém, Pará
+55 (91) 3182-9088 / +55 (91) 3182-9173
Personal or Rental Vehicles
You can rent a car to drive in Belém and get to know other nearby destinations in Pará. This map can help you.
Some tourism agencies offer boat rides to visit the Amazon Rainforest, the coast of Belém, some riverside communities and also nearby islands. The more traditional tours leave from Estação das Docas:
Av. Boulevard Castilho, s/n, Bairro Campina, Belém
+55 (91) 3212-5525
The most comfortable way of getting around town is by taxi. Calculate the fare and check which companies that provide this type of service.
The area code (DDD) for Belém is 91.
Pará Department of Tourism: +55 (91) 3110-5000
Emergency (Samu): 192
Belém is one of the capitals of the country with the highest rainfall, with hot weather throughout the whole year.
To enter Brazil, vaccination against any type of illness is not mandatory. However, vaccination against yellow fever (a disease transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes) is recommended before your trip. If you have never taken the vaccine, you need to take it up to 10 days before the trip (this time period is not necessary if you have already been vaccinated).
In very crowed areas, we recommend that you be careful with your belongings.