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Fortaleza de Sao Jose de Macapa, Macapa

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You will find this formidable fortress standing strong on the banks of the Amazon River, built by the Portuguese in the 18th century to protect against the French threat from the north. Taking 18 grueling years to complete, using stones brought from Portugal as ship ballast, Fortaleza de Sao Jose de Macapa is Brazil’s largest fort, and you can explore its cavernous barracks and well-preserved walls, which are 4.5 m (15 ft) high and incredibly thick. Now a Historical Heritage site, the building boasts a visitor center, art gallery, meeting rooms, and a concert hall, as well as amazing views of the river. Unfortunately, the guides speak very little English but are extremely enthusiastic in their efforts to help you understand, and with a little imagination, you’ll get the gist. Add Fortaleza de Sao Jose de Macapa and other attractions to your Macapa trip itinerary using our Macapa vacation planner.
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  • A well preserved fort that overlooks the Amazon River. If you're into history this a good place to visit. Takes about an hour or more to walk through (Self-guided tour).  more »
  • It has a lot of potential but with the communication barrier we just wandered around. It would have been great if there was a tour explaining stories of what happened and how the people lived. There i...  more »
  • Really cool Fort, lots of canons and well preserved Fort. Nice view over the Amazon River and nice spot to relax.  more »
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  • A beautiful. as delivered to the valet Parker. Dark, where spare parking space. High rate of children asking for money. It's still a place to go with the family.
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  • Great place to learn about culture.
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Where to stay in Macapa

Macapa offers a relatively small variety of mid-range hotels and accommodation options. As this isn’t a common backpacker town, you may have trouble finding hotel staff who speak English, so come prepared to speak some basic Portuguese or bring a good phrase book. Look for accommodations in the center of the city to be within walking distance to most attractions, or stay near one of the few roads into town.
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