Explore the history and cultural heritage of North-Central Brazil during this orientation tour of Belem, the port of entry to the Amazon.
Depart the pier for the drive to the Basilica of Our Lady of Nazareth, one of Belem's many churches built with proceeds from the rubber industry. En route, you will visit the Ver-o-Peso Market, where vendors sell everything from medicinal herbs to regional fruits, and river fish to good luck charms for the body and soul. Upon arrival at the Basilica, a brief visit will be made inside to view its ornate interior adorned with Carrara marble and gold.
Next, you will proceed for a visit to the Emilio Goeldi Zoological Garden, which features tapirs, manatees, big cats, alligators, and a collection of tropical birds. Established in 1866, this zoological garden is also home to one of Amazonia's few research institutes. You will then continue on to the Ver-O-Peso market, a huge outdoor market that sprawls over 4 blocks. It's the city's landmark and possibly the largest market in Brazil. The Market is filled with stalls that offer food, pottery, handicrafts and hamd-made clothing.
Your tour will conclude with a visit to the Forte Do Castelo, a fortress built in the highest place in the city by the Portuguese during the 17th century. This was the only means the local colonizers had to protect their new colonies against Dutch and French occupation.
Re-boarding your coach you will transfer back to the pier where your tour concludes.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun caps; sunglasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The order of the sights viewed or visited may vary.