Belem, Brazil

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Cruising to Belem

Located on the estuary of the Amazon river, Belem is surrounded by dense jungle and first rose to prominence during the rubber boom of the late 19th century. Since then, it has developed into a modern city with all the high-rises and other characteristics you would expect from a metropolis, yet has managed to maintain its unique connection to nature.

Visitors to Belem are always amazed to find such an oasis of civilisation in the midst of the world's most legendary rainforest, and often divide their time between discovering the city and exploring the Amazonian wonders that lie beyond Belem's reaches. Jungle treks and river cruises are both popular, with plenty of wildlife to be seen in these parts.

In the city centre, meanwhile, you'll come across a number of buildings that reflect the region's affluence during the rubber boom. Among these is the Teatro da Paz, which is one of Brazil's most prestigious theatres. Other highlights include the Mercado Ver-o-Peso, which is one of the city's oldest markets and a great place to experience the local culture.


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