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Belem, 8-11 October

Taxi to Fortaleza airport, good 2 hr flight with TAM.

Decided to bus into Belem town - perhaps a mistake! Half an hour waiting at roundabout near airport getting conflicting advice on best bus to take. Finally took a bus someone recommended, had usual fun negotiating the turnstile (on every Brazilian local bus) with rucksacks. Standing. After couple of stops, loads and loads of people started getting on. Its full! No its not we can fit another 20 on!! Sardines don´t know how lucky they are - they are not packed in together carrying a rucksack in over 30 degrees! 45 minutes later the ordeal was over.

Left Lindsey in cafe with bags whilst looked for hotel. Next mistake - we came to Belem just prior to the start of the Cirio 2008 festival. The biggest procession in Brazil - 2 million persons expected!! However, after some searching, was very lucky to get respectable room in decent hotel (Unidos) for a very respectable price - and are catching the plane out the night before the BIG PROCESSION. Rooms even had cable TV - CNN for first world news in two and a half weeks!

The waterfront by the Amazon is the spot to get a feel for the place and its contracts. The great Ver e Peso market on the one hand versus the Estacao de Docks (converted warehouses docks) upmarket restaurant and entertainment complex on the other.

Estacao de Docks has the Amazon brewery (a real ale microbrewery!) Mon, Tues, Wed there is a ¨Happy Hour¨ where for the sum of 10 Euros per person incl service you can eat from their buffet plus drink their Forest, River and Black real ales from 18h30p to 21h00!! As we arrived on a Wednesday, rude not to take advantage! Very pleasant spot sitting in the breaze by the mighty river. Otherwise, its a good spot for the evening meal - as there are not many other options in Belem (unless you want to eat very upmarketat the Hilton, etc).

It is very HOT here compared with further down the coast.

Last day was humming with the Cirio 2008 festival getting under way. Big procession of boats going down the river, processions in the streets - everyone in happy mode.

Taxi to airport at 12h00 for late flight to Santarem.

Amazon Delta

Amazon Delta


Belem - Ver e Peso Market plus Amazon

Belem - Ver e Peso Market plus Amazon


Belem - Amazon Brewery 1

Belem - Amazon Brewery 1


Belem - Amazon Brewery 2

Belem - Amazon Brewery 2


Belem - Amazon Brewery 3

Belem - Amazon Brewery 3


Belem - Amazon Brewery 4

Belem - Amazon Brewery 4


Belem - Ver e Peso Market 1

Belem - Ver e Peso Market 1


Belem - Ver e Peso Market 2

Belem - Ver e Peso Market 2


Belem - Ver e Peso Market 3

Belem - Ver e Peso Market 3


Belem - Ver e Peso Market 4

Belem - Ver e Peso Market 4


Belem - Ver e Peso

Belem - Ver e Peso


Belem - Ver e Peso 2

Belem - Ver e Peso 2


Belem - Ver e Peso 3

Belem - Ver e Peso 3


Belem - Ver e Peso 4

Belem - Ver e Peso 4


Belem - Basilica 1

Belem - Basilica 1


Belem - Basilica 2

Belem - Basilica 2


Belem - Basilica 3

Belem - Basilica 3


Belem - Cirio Tee Shirts

Belem - Cirio Tee Shirts


Belem - Local Butterfly

Belem - Local Butterfly


Belem - Local butterflies like fruit 1

Belem - Local butterflies like fruit 1


Belem - Cirio Boat Procession (Sat)

Belem - Cirio Boat Procession (Sat)


Belem - Cirio Procession (Sat)

Belem - Cirio Procession (Sat)


Belem - Cirio Procession 2 (Sat)

Belem - Cirio Procession 2 (Sat)


Belem - Cirio Procession 3 (Sat)

Belem - Cirio Procession 3 (Sat)


Belem - Cirio Procession 4 (Sat)

Belem - Cirio Procession 4 (Sat)


Belem - Cirio Procession 5 (Sat)

Belem - Cirio Procession 5 (Sat)

Posted by Lindseyalan73 17:00 Archived in Brazil

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