Awaiting Your Return From Shore
founded by the Portuguese in 1616 as the City of Our Lady of Bethlehem (Belém), is the great port of the Amazon. Belém
rapidly became an Indian slaving port and a source for cacao and
spices. The great rubber boom at the end of the 19th century gave the city
its great revival and wide avenues that lead from the impressive Praça da
Republica down to the port, past a historical sector still replete with
Portuguese colonial architecture.
The ship is scheduled to dock at Escadinha pier. Take a
taxi to town, and be sure to negotiate the fare before setting out.
Walking is unsafe.
Crafts (Marajó Indian pottery and Amazonia souvenir
items), as well as local perfumes, are among the best buys in Belém. The
major shopping areas are along Avenida Presidente Vargas.
Specialties include succulent steaks, grilled or served
with tasty sauces. The most famous dish is pato no tucupi, which is duck
stewed in fermented manioc and chicory sauce. Only drink bottled
The spectacular Teatro da Paz, and the excellent
Goeldi Museum and Zoological Gardens.
Lauro Sodre Palace
Located on Praça Dom Pedro, this gracious 18th-century Italianate
building contains Brazil’s largest framed painting, The Conquest of
Ver-o-Peso, meaning see the weight, is one of the most colorful markets
in South America.
Please Note: Caution is advised when walking
around the market area as it is a popular hangout for pickpockets.
Awaiting Your Return
Return to Your
Suite and Sail Away to The Next Adventure
and Dancing Await You