Built on the shores of Guajará Bay, the main waterway that gives access to the largest forest in the world, Bethlehem the capital of the state of For It is one of the gateways to the wild and fascinating Amazon rainforest, a region full of peculiarities and exoticism that are still present in the daily lives of the people who live in this territory. Characteristics so striking that they can be easily noticed in a small city tour of the city.

The Ver-o-peso Market is the main postcard of Bethlehem, a simple stroll through the corridors of the largest open-air fair in Latin America is like immersing yourself in the culture, gastronomy and tradition of the Amazon. In it you will find thousands of typical products such as spices, medicinal herbs, fish, exotic fruits, handicrafts and the famous bottles, colored liquids sold in small bottles that promise to end with health problems, a longer period of youth, the evil eye and even conquer the loved one in a few days.

Let yourself be carried away by the striking rhythm of the carimbó, a circle dance of indigenous origin typical of the coast of the state that stirs bars and nightclubs and that fell into the popular taste of papa chibés, an expression that calls an authentic Pará, born and raised in the state. Cool off from the intense heat with the different natural juices from the region's typical fruits, especially açaí, taperebá, cupuaçu and bacuri. In addition to juices, a good option is to enjoy a beautiful sunset from Estação das Docas, sipping a beer or craft beers from the award-winning Amazon Beer, with a menu of authentic and exotic flavors for a brewer to never go wrong with.

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Built around the Forte do Castelo (also known as Forte do Presépio), the first neighborhood of Bethlehem called Cidade Velha, houses some of the most important constructions of the charming metropolis surrounded by beautiful landscapes, such as the Sé Cathedral with architecture in baroque-colonial and neoclassical styles, the Casa das Onze Janelas, the Church of Santo Alexandre and the old Episcopal Palace that are part of the complex called Feliz Luzitânia.

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The city of mango trees has almost all of its streets painted by different shades of green from the gigantic trees that are so big, they manage to hide some skyscrapers and houses from the colonial era, a remarkable legacy left by the different peoples who passed and lived in the first capital of the Amazon. during the rubber cycle, period of apogee of the state of For.

Bethlehem continues to coexist with all its history but has been drawing attention for the modernity of the new constructions that have been appearing around the beautiful parks and squares that carry very important historical monuments, such as the neighborhoods of Nazaré, Batista Campos and Umarizal, which brings together numerous modern vertical condominiums. and luxurious, shopping malls, restaurants and bars, becoming the darling of the real estate market.

On the second Sunday of October, the city stops and receives thousands of faithful from the four corners of the world to accompany one of the largest and most beautiful Catholic processions in Brazil and the world. Held over two centuries ago, the Nazare's Cirio gathers more than 2 million faithful every year who make various manifestations and tributes to Our Lady of Nazareth, the mother of Jesus. The Círio de Belém was registered in September 2004, by the Institute of National Historical and Artistic Heritage (Iphan), as Cultural Heritage of Intangible Nature.

The beginning of the immense manifestation of faith in the For, began in 1700 when the caboclo Plácido José de Souza found a small image of Our Lady of Nazaré on the banks of the Igarapé Murutucú. After finding the object, Plácido would have taken the image of the saint to his house and, the next day, she was no longer there. Then the caboclo returned to the place and to his surprise the image was in the same place. The fact was repeated countless times and the news spread quickly and the “Santinha” was taken to the Government Palace and today, the image is traditionally taken from the Cathedral of Belém to the Basilica Sanctuary.

Another way to discover the characteristics of Pará's diversity is to check out the spices of the local gastronomy. There are numerous dishes with unusual flavors and aromas coming from recipes with indigenous tradition such as duck in tucupi, the famous baby and the Pará stew that gave the international title of Creative City of Gastronomy, granted by Unesco.

Despite the weather always being with high temperatures, rain is a frequent phenomenon in the daily life of the people of Pará, the question – Are you going to go out before or after the rain? is an expression you will hear a lot if you have the opportunity to meet someone from the city. Due to the hot and humid climate, in Belém it rains practically every day and in the past, the city was famous for the phenomenon to appear by appointment. Around 2 pm, religiously, the drops of water softened the hot breath of the afternoons in this region that is close to the height of the equator.

What to do:

See-the-Weight

The largest free fair in Latin America is in Belém and is the main postcard of the state. At the Ver-o-Peso market you will find thousands of typical products such as spices, medicinal herbs, Amazonian fish, exotic fruits and handicrafts. Be sure to try the freshly ground regional açaí, which can be added tapioca flour, water flour or fried fish.

Photo: Paratur

Docks station

Estação das Docas is a huge tourist complex resulting from a restoration of the old river port of Belém. Today the place offers several options for gastronomy, fashion, leisure and events. On the edge of Guajará Bay, 500 meters long, facing the shore, the space has three warehouses, spread over 32,000 square meters.

Docas Station - Belém

Photo: Marcos Rodrigues

Mangrove of the Cranes

Built on the banks of the Guamá River, Mangal das Garças is an ecological park that occupies an area of 40,000 m². The park is home to several animals, artificial lakes, a viewpoint, a butterfly garden and the Manjar das Garças restaurant, one of the best in the city.

Photo: Michel Braga de Oliveira

Emilio Goeldi Park

Located in the urban center of Belém, the Zoo and Botanical Park of the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi covers an area of 5.2 hectares. The park is home to the Goeldi Museum and some animals such as the jaguar, black caiman, tapirs, monkeys, agoutis and lizards.

Emilio Goeldi Park - Belém

Photo: Antonio Mokarzel

Jeweler Pole

Installed in the old prison of the city, the place now houses a cultural center that includes the Casa do Artesão and the Museu das Gems do Estado. The space also has a space that sells jewelry and handicrafts.

Jeweler Hub - Belém

Photo: Open Space Blog

Theater of Peace

Financed by the rubber barons, Theatro da Paz was built inspired by the Sacalla Theater in Milan, Italy. In the decoration, materials and objects brought from Europe stand out, such as the French chandelier and bronze statues, the Portuguese stone floor and the Italian marble staircase.

Peace Theater - Belém

Photo: Renato Luiz Ferrera

Basilica of Nazareth

The Basilica Sanctuary of Nazaré is one of the most beautiful churches in Belém, and has an impressive neoclassical architecture. Built in the same place where the image of Our Lady was found on the banks of the Murucutu Creek in 1852, it is the only basilica in the Amazon region and became a Sanctuary in 2006.

Basilica of Nazareth - Bethlehem

Photo: Fernando Sette Câmara

fort do crib

Forte do Presépio, also known as Forte do Castelo, was built in 1616 to contain attacks by Indians and English and Dutch privateers who roamed the region. Over the years, it has undergone several transformations and currently houses the Museu do Forte do Castelo de São Jorge, which displays indigenous objects and Marajoara ceramics with a focus on the colonization of the Amazon.

Photo: Hugo Paixão

Sé Cathedral

The Igreja da Sé de Belém is one of the main and most important monuments in Pará, whether from a historical, cultural or architectural point of view. Built in 1748 based on the design of the Italian architect Antonio José Landi, the church was named at the time as Igreja Cathedral de Santa Maria de Bellem do Grão Pará.

Sé Cathedral - Belém

Photo: Leo Soares

Other tourist attractions in Belém:

  • Museum of Sacred Art of Pará
  • Residence Park
  • Rodrigues Alves Forest – Botanical Garden of the Amazon
  • Corvette Solimões Museum
  • Republic square
  • Bologna Palace
  • MHEP – Historical Museum of the State of Pará
  • Museum of Art of Belém (MABE)
  • Experimental Theater Waldemar Henrique
  • Gasometer Station

How to get:

By airplane
Belém Val de Cans International Airport receives daily flights from the main capitals of Brazil.

By car
From São Luís: 791 km with access via the BR-316.
From Manaus: 2992 km with access via BR-230.
From Cuiabá: 2280 km with access via the BR-158.

By bus
The city receives daily buses from several Brazilian capitals. For up-to-date information on which companies operate to Belém, it is worth calling the bus station in the capital of Pará.
Belem Bus Terminal
Tel: (91) 3266-2625

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