Blogs from Belém, Pará, Brazil, South America


South America » Brazil » Pará » Belém November 27th 2012

Day 407 Wednesday 21st November Around 1.00am the bus stopped at a terminal somewhere along the way and we sat there for over an hour. Because this was a long stop the driver turned off the engine along with the air-con and so we sat and sweltered in our little tin can. The stop was unannounced and no one was too sure when we would get underway and so everyone stayed on the bus and seated in the stuffy containment. We eventually got back on the road and with the air con back on managed somehow to snatch a few hours sleep laying with wedged feet and in a half foetal position. Got to the Recife bus terminal around 9.30am making it a 14 hour trip as opposed to the Lonely Planet’s 10 hours and the ... read more
Belem - Zoo

South America » Brazil » Pará » Belém September 25th 2011

Tha erum vid komin til Brasiliu, Belem nanar tiltetekid. Ad baki er batsferd i litlum bat yfir landamaeri Fronsku Gvaejana og Brasiliu, 10 tima rutuferd i drullu, grjoti og verulega mishaedottu landslagi, tveggja daga pasa i Macapa og nu sidast 28 klukkustunda batsferd i hengirumi, em vid skulum byrja a byrjuninni... Sidustu dogunum i Fronsku Gvaejana var eytt i afsloppun, kokteildrykkja og strandferd svo eitthvad se nefnt. Oldurnar i Atlandshafinu geta verid ansi kroftugar og i eitt skipti vildi ekki betur til en svo ad ein reif okkur baedi a bolakaf, Svenna skaut aftur upp en Hronn faceplant-adi og bring-adi (thad er orugglega ord) botninn og kom upp ur med oll got hofudsins full af sandi, berbrjosta med bikiniid nidri a maga. Thad var sem betur fer fament a strondinni og thvi voru ekki margir sem ... read more
Matur a markadnum i Macapa
Gott ad drekka ur kokoshnetu

South America » Brazil » Pará » Belém August 26th 2011

In a few hours we get on a boat and head up the Amazon River - somebody pinch me! The output of the Amazon Rvr in one day is enough to provide the whole of New York City for one year! We have experienced a number of logistical problems the last 3 days - a serious lack of space (we now each have a backpack, a bag and some plastic packets) and flights that no longer fly to where we want to go. So, although Belem is a shoppers paradise (clothes at super cheap prices), we had to forego most of the shopping in order to visit all the travel agencies in the area to see if they could organise something. With no luck. We have therefore decided to head half way up the Amazon River ... read more

South America » Brazil » Pará » Belém May 20th 2011

At 4am on April 29th we landed in Belem and immediately rested by a water feature inside the airport, waiting for light to ease our passage to town. Eventually we summoned some kind of energy to find a bus going anywhere near our hostel, though once we were onboard the driver took pity on us and delivered us right to the front door. This, we learned, was typical Belem kindness and hospitality. Belem is a large port city lying on the south bank of the River Amazon's mouth, which is so wide it makes the city look irrelevent. Exhausted from our flight, we arrived with the intention of going straight to bed; however, the hostel workers had the royal wedding on the television, so we sat for a while and watched pictures from home, not at ... read more
The Praca da Republica
Teatro da Paz
Praca Dom Pedro II

South America » Brazil » Pará » Belém January 25th 2010

Hi all! Right, so having not loved Recife and quite liked Olinda (very picturesque, not a whole lot to do there!), I got what was meant to be a 4 hour bus to Natal, and ended up taking fun fun! Stayed one night there, then got straight on a bus to Pipa. Pipa is a gorgeous chilled out beachtown 2 hours from Natal and I loved it. Spent 4 days there, lying on a beach, soaking up the sun and recovering from 4 months of screaming kids...if I hadn´t left when i did I would never have dragged myself away. On the 20th I got a bus back to Natal and then got an 8hr overnighter to Fortaleza. Just spent the one day there, on the beach and that was enough for me. On the ... read more

South America » Brazil » Pará » Belém November 15th 2009

Belém was founded in 1616 by the Portuguese to guard the mouth of the Amazon river from other European powers, mainly French and Dutch. Today it is the capital of the state of Pará, it has about two million inhabitants. We arrived on Monday with a flight from Manaus. What a difference between these two cities. Belem is an attractive city, an important port in Northern Brazil, a city with many colonial and republican architecture jewels. We stayed at 'le Massilia' hotel. When you will be remembered that Massilia is Latin for Marseilles, you will understand we were in French hands and French company. The owner is indeed from Marseilles and having dinner in his restaurant is being in France. French food is served and one is in company of French peolpe, mainly French expats from ... read more
Ver o Peso
Ver o Peso
Ver o Peso

South America » Brazil » Pará » Belém September 30th 2009

The last couple of days have been busy between buying hammocks and looking at boats for our trip as well as trying to fit in the cultural stuff in Belem. On the first night we went around the markets to find some dinner, we found a lovely little stand kind of thing where we had steak, rice noodles all four around 3euro, not bad eh?!! We tried to find a bar afterwards to have a few drinks but everything seemed to be closed after dark so we had to have a quite night in the hostel. The next morning Phillipe was´s mother runs our hotel made anne and myself go to his apartment to help him with his paintings, he does a lot of canvass paintings and seems to sell most of them. He needed help ... read more
Our Chef
In the restaurant
One of the many Guava drinks in Brasil

South America » Brazil » Pará » Belém September 28th 2009

After spending another night in Sau Luis we made our way back to the bus station for an over night bus and moved further north. OUrlast day in Sau Luis was nice if rather a little boring, I think we were the only Gringo´s in the city but that wasn´t a problem. The weather was so hot and humid that we could barely walk for longer than an hour before having to head back for the room in our Pousada. The pousada itself wasn´t in the best nick!! The floors felt like they were about to cave in and in the kitchen there was ant coloneys on the wall....a nice sight when you have your first meal of the day. We also had a lizzard living somewhere in our bed but he seemed harmless! For our ... read more
Dinner time
Anne chillin in Salvador

South America » Brazil » Pará » Belém September 6th 2009

We had a choice of 2 boats from Santarem to Belem, one that looked like a converted car ferry, the other that looked like a real Amazon cruiser built in the 40s or 50s. We chose the real Amazon cruiser. Getting onboard was more of a challenge than we expected, the guide books say that ALL boats leave from the Docas do Para which are near the middle of town, but that's not right, the N/M Santarem (our boat) leaves from Porto Derre, an industrial dock about 5 - 10km out of town. It was starting to dawn on us that there was a reason it was cheaper :-) As it had come from Manaus it was already pretty full when we got on so finding a spot for our hammocks was not so easy, but ... read more
Shrimp Seller
Riverside House

South America » Brazil » Pará » Belém July 29th 2009

First thing I did when I arrived at the bus station in Belem is to look for internet cafe to figure out how to get to my hostel, i called them on skype then tried to get a bus, according to instructions it's just outside the station so took one from the list i wrote down, I got on and showed the driver a piece of paper where I need to go. He looked at it and pointed me to the street perpendicular to the one I was on, so i walked across the intersection, only the bus stop was far away so have to find it, people showed me the way. i got on and did the same thing, then the driver told me to get off and the hostel is just across the street, ... read more

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