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Belem

4.1
Landmarks · Parks · Churches
City of Mango Trees
With its roots as the first European colony on the Amazon River, Belem has played an important part in the history of northern Brazil. You can see its story unfold today, thanks to well-preserved colonial architecture and an array of museums scattered throughout the city. Literally translated as "Bethlehem," the city of around 1.5 million people sits close to the equator, with a tropical rainforest climate. That means hot, humid weather year-round, with regular tropical rainstorms no matter what the month. Belem tourism relies heavily on visitors who use the city as a base before their onward journeys into the Amazon. Add Belem and other Brazil destinations to your travel plans using our Brazil road trip planner.
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Basilica de Nossa Senhora de Nazare ©
Church
Basilica de Nossa Senhora de Nazare
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Estacao das Docas ©
Landmark
Estacao das Docas
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Mangal das Garcas ©
Park
Mangal das Garcas
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
Mercado Ver-o-Peso ©
Flea Market
Mercado Ver-o-Peso
3.4
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Belem

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Forte do Presepio ©
Historic Site
Forte do Presepio
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
Belem Metropolitan Cathedral ©
Church
Belem Metropolitan Cathedral
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
Espaco Sao Jose Liberto ©
Religious Site
Espaco Sao Jose Liberto
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Igreja da Trindade
Religious Site
Igreja da Trindade
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes

Museums in Belem

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Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi ©
Specialty Museum
Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
Espaco Cultural Casa das Onze Janelas ©
Art Museum
Espaco Cultural Casa das Onze Janelas
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
Para Religious Art Museum
Specialty Museum
Para Religious Art Museum
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Federal University of Para Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Federal University of Para Museum
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Belem

Orla de Icoaraci
Landmark
Orla de Icoaraci
3.7
Duration: 2 hours
Museu do Cirio de Nazare ©
Specialty Museum
Museu do Cirio de Nazare
4.3
Duration: 30 minutes
Museu de Arte Sacra do Para ©
Art Museum
Museu de Arte Sacra do Para
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Belem

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Boulevard Shopping Belem ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Boulevard Shopping Belem
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Shopping Patio Belem ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Shopping Patio Belem
3.9
Duration: 2 hours
Shopping Bosque Grao Para ©
Shopping Mall
Shopping Bosque Grao Para
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Feira de Artesanato do Paracuri ©
Flea Market
Feira de Artesanato do Paracuri
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Belem

Paraiso Beach ©
Beach
Paraiso Beach Mosqueiro
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Piscina natural Agua Verde ©
Water Body
Piscina natural Agua Verde Barcarena
4.3
Duration: 4 hours
Praia Marahu ©
Beach
Praia Marahu Mosqueiro
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Porto Arthur Beach ©
Beach
Porto Arthur Beach Mosqueiro
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Where to stay in Belem

In Belem, choose from a pleasant array of accommodations depending on your needs. Its central business district, around Avenida Presidente Vargas, offers plenty of large, high-end hotels catering to visiting businesspeople and those looking to enjoy the city in style. Alternatively, you can stay in the historical neighborhood of Campina, where budget lodgings, such as youth hostels and independent guesthouses, make up the majority of options. If you're visiting Belem primarily as a base for onward travel, consider staying near the city's main bus station in São Brás.
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