Belém, the capital of the state of Pará, os an old city founded in 1616 on the spot where the Amazon River reaches the sea. It serves as one entrance to the Amazon region as well as an important commercial and economic center. During the 19th century rubber boom, the city served as the main port of the region. The famous “Ver-o-Peso” market designed and built in England, as well the Catholic Churches and the “Peace Theater” are reminders of that era.
Belém’s cuisine is remarkable, with a mix of Amazon and seafood ingredients found nowhere else in Brazil. No visit is complete without an evening at a good restaurant and a stop at a tropical fruit-juice stand or ice-cream shop.
The chief wildlife attraction is the island of Marajó, the world’s largest freshwater island, which sits at the mouth of the world’s largest river.