Belém is the capital of the Brazilian state of Pará. It is also the state’s largest city and one of the most populous in the country. This is an important destination, as it acts as the gateway to the majestic Amazon River, which remains one of the world’s greatest tourist attractions. As such, it is well equipped to handle the influx of tourists as well as the large local population.
Belem, Brazil, the home of the largest outdoor
market in South America.
Today, the most important exports coming out of Belém are aluminium, iron, nuts, wood veneers, hardwood, pineapples and cassava, amongst others.
The city of Belém is modern, but retains much of its historical charm and beauty. Many of the main streets are lined with trees, while the city centre is bustling with tall buildings and the hubbub of a thriving metropolis. In the heart of this hub, mango trees are found in abundance, lending Belém a very special look and feel.
The climate of Belém is typically tropical, with rain, heat and humidity all year around. There are certain months that are wetter than others (namely December to May), but there is no dry season. Daily high temperatures average around 26 degrees Celsius (or about 79 degrees Fahrenheit) all year around. This climate creates the ideal environment for tropical rainforest vegetation to abound, giving the city a really beautiful aesthetic aspect.
Interestingly, Belém has a huge Indian cuisine culture. This is a favourite amongst locals as well as international tourists.
Belém’s international airport (Val de Cães) serves around three million passengers every year. Many of the passengers are international tourists that are coming to this exquisite destination to see the wonders of the Amazon River and the jungle that surrounds it.
Popular tourist attractions here include:
• The Amazon Biopark Zoo – surrounded by jungles and rivers, the fauna and flora in this natural area are a true wonder.