The Pará state capital is one of the oldest in Brazil. It's a charming and beautiful destination surrounded by unspoiled nature.
Besides beaches and forests, Belém has historic heritage as well as modern tourist attractions, all of it carrying the intensity of Pará smells, flavors, habits, sounds, and the friendliness of its people. However, The city does not only attract visitors because of its rich culture, but also because it offers so much to nature lovers.
Since Belém is in the Amazon region, some good options for those seeking adventure are local trails through the forest and boat rides. Can you imagine riding a bike or hiking in the Amazon and getting to experience the forest in a totally different way? Well, Trilha Amazônica Atlântica (Atlantic Amazon Trail) connects lots of trails around local forests, which allows visitors to explore the whole region. In total, it covers 412 km, starting in the city of Benevides, in the metropolitan area of Belém.
Vitória Régia, Amazonia’s native plant
Visitors who want to have close and personal contact with local nature but not get too far away from urban centers might want to check out Utinga State Park, also known as the Environmental Park of Belém. Since it is an environmental protection area, there are fantastic landscapes and amazing biodiversity. It is ideal for tourists who love to go hiking and camping.
But if water is what you really are about, there are some incredible freshwater beaches and islands in the region, such as Mosqueiro Island. The island is a local resort containing several beaches where visitors can relax and recharge their batteries. Praia do Paraíso (Paradise Beach) has good infrastructure but it is not too busy. Marahu Beach, on the other hand, is way more rustic. The drive to the island takes approximately one and a half hours from Belém.
Belém is, without a doubt, one of the many amazing destinations in Brazil that will easily please all types of tourists. A visit to the capital city in the state of Pará is the perfect opportunity to explore the heart of the Amazon rainforest.
+55 (91) 3210-6000
The International Airport of Belém receives domestic flights from most Brazilian capitals, as well as international flights.
+55 (91) 3266-2625
The Belém Bus Terminal operates intercity and interstate lines.
+55 (91) 3182-9136
The city has an excellent river transport structure. The Port of Belém is interconnected with other destinations in northern Brazil, such as Manaus, Santarém, and Macapá.
There are several bus lines serving the city. If you want to find out more about bus routes and timetables, please visit the ViaLoc website.
Personal Vehicles or Rentals
A good way to get around the city and to visit nearby destinations is to rent a car.
Some tourism agencies offer boat rides in which visitors will experience the Amazon Forest, the city’s river shore, some riverside communities, and nearby islands. The most traditional boat tours depart from Estação das Docas (Wharf Station).
Taxis and Ridesharing Companies
One of the options to get around the city comfortably is to use local taxis and ridesharing companies.
Pará Tourism Department:
+55 (91) 3110-5000
+ 55 (91) 3212-0883
+55 (91) 98123-1178
Military Police: 190
Fire Department: 193
Belém has warm weather all year round, but it also gets lots of rainfall. The wettest months are February, March, and April. The best period to visit the city is between the months of August and November, when there is less rain.