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Belém: Half-Day Furos Boat Tour & Riverside Community Visit

1. Belém: Half-Day Furos Boat Tour & Riverside Community Visit

Board a boat and travel along the Guamá river to explore the waterfront of Belém. See the activities of various boats, from large cargo carriers and ferries, to the typical riverside vessels. Sail around Combú Island, passing through Furo do Benedito and Furo do Paciência. Furos — natural channels between two rivers or lagoons — are a typical geographical feature in northern Brazil. Enjoy the beauty of this fascinating system of waterways. Get to know the different Amazon environments such as forest, lowland forest, and aquatic vegetation. Visit a local riverside community to experience the unique lifestyle of its inhabitants. Learn about how locals interact with the environment, make use of natural resources in their daily lives, and activities such as fishing, hunting, and agriculture.

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Belém: Full-Day Furos & Igarapé Boat Tour with Lunch

2. Belém: Full-Day Furos & Igarapé Boat Tour with Lunch

Spend your day cruising along the Guamá and Acará rivers to tour the waterfront of Belém. Explore the natural channels between two rivers or lagoons, called furos, which are typical to northern Brazil. Visit a local riverside community to experience, and learn what life by the river is like. Take in the daily activities of different boats on the river and enjoy the beauty of the diverse Amazonian habitats as you travel down the waterways. Sail around Combú Island, passing through Furo do Benedito and Furo do Paciência. Visit a waterfront village, and learn about how locals interact with the environment, make use of natural resources in their daily lives, and activities such as fishing, hunting, and agriculture.  Choose to add your experience with a trip at dawn to Papagaios Island, a habitat for thousands of parrots. Watch the city come to life in the morning, and as the sun begins to rise, gaze in awe at the unique sight of thousands of parrots flying across the sky.

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Belém: Ver-o-Peso Market and Full-Day City Tour with Lunch

3. Belém: Ver-o-Peso Market and Full-Day City Tour with Lunch

Explore Belém with an expert guide with this full-day tour. After pickup at your hotel, head to the colorful Ver-o-Peso market, a cultural symbol of Belém and the largest open market in Latin America. Explore hundreds of stalls filled with regional products such as river fish, medicinal herbs, ornamental plants, handicrafts, and a huge variety of typical fruits.  Spend the rest of the day discovering the best museums in the city, starting with the Emilio Goeldi Museum, a botanical and zoological research institute. The botanical park occupies a huge area in the center of Belém and is a living exhibition of Amazonian fauna and flora. See birds, sloths, freshwater fish, and a variety of reptiles and amphibians. Continue the tour to the Forte do Presépio fortress and visit the ethnographic exhibitions at the Encontro Museum. Finally, visit the São José Liberto Gem Museum to see a floor of amethysts and rose quartz fountains, as well as a collection of precious and semi-precious stones.

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Belém: Half-Day City Tour with Ver-o-Peso Market Visit

4. Belém: Half-Day City Tour with Ver-o-Peso Market Visit

Start the tour with pickup from your hotel in Belém, then embark on your comprehensive half-day tour of the city's highlights. First, visit the colorful Ver-o-Peso market, located on the banks of Guajará Bay. Stroll through the largest open-air fair in Latin America and the most important commercial warehouse that supplies the city. Then, continue on to the Feliz Lusitânia complex, composed of the Sé Cathedral, Casa das Onze Janelas, with a visit to the Castelo Fortress, a landmark of the city in 1616. Also, see the Basilica Sanctuary Nossa Senhora de Nazaré, one of the most beautiful churches in Belém built in the neoclassical style neoclassical. Admire the marble decor and learn about how the building's history is mixed with the largest religious festival of the people of Pará, the Círio de Nazaré. After this, visit the Emilio Goeldi Museum (except on Tuesdays, when the museum is closed and your visit is replaced with a trip to Bosque Rodrigues Alves). The museum showcases a disciplinary mix of collections including scientific activities in the areas of zoology, human sciences (archeology, anthropology, geography and linguistics), and Earth sciences. Finally, pass through the main tourist points in the city such as República Square, Paz Theater, the Old Town, and more, before concluding your trip with drop-off back at your hotel.

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Belém: Combú Island Boat Trip

5. Belém: Combú Island Boat Trip

Embark on a boat trip on the Guamá River, with a view of the southern shore of Belém. Travel to Combú Island, an Amazonian agricultural paradise rich in a variety of crops such as cocoa, açaí, cupuaçu, banana, and pupunha.  Upon arrival at the island, enter Igarapé do Combú, an outdoor art gallery decorated by graffiti artists from various regions of Brazil. Then, visit Mrs. Nena's house, and learn about the production of organic chocolate on the island. The island is famous across Brazil, where 100%-organic chocolate is produced in Mrs. Nena's backyard. Taste some chocolate which used by many top chefs in Brazil. Then, see the sacred Samaumeira trees amongst the cacao and açaí trees. These trees often reach well over 40 meters in height and are called the "tree of life" by native Amazonian tribes. Admire the sapopembas (roots) which form monumental “sculptures”, often used as shelter by various tribes in the Amazon. Then, return to your hotel if you select the half-day option. Alternatively, choose to extend your experience with the full-day tour option and proceed to a typical regional lunch with grilled fish. After lunch, relax in the late afternoon with a river bath and a lot of contact with nature. At the end of the day, return to Belém.

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From Belém: Icoaraci Ceramics 3-Hour Tour

6. From Belém: Icoaraci Ceramics 3-Hour Tour

Take a 3-hour tour from Belém and discover the village of Icoaraci, the largest center for the production of Marajoara and Tapajônica ceramics. Visit the Livramento neighborhood, where the picturesque Igarapé do Paracuiri is located. Learn how artisans who extract clay from here, to produce handicrafts. Browse the many shops filled with pottery, and see the entire process of ceramics production — from clay extraction and shaping, to the final product. Admire the huge variety of styles and colors, including reproductions of Marajoara and Tapajônica pieces, and stylized pieces with manganese coating.

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Alter do Chão: Arapiuns River and Urucureá Village Boat Tour

7. Alter do Chão: Arapiuns River and Urucureá Village Boat Tour

Embark on a full-day boat journey across the Arapiuns River and let your guide introduce you to the rich culture of the Urucureá people and the incredible nature that surrounds this Amazonian destination. Meet your group and leave Alter do Chão heading north, passing by the Piranhas Lake. Do a photo stop at Ponta do Cururu, and then start the crossing trough Tapajós River, passing through the Vila Franca community and entering the Arapiuns River. On the Arapiuns River visit the Urucureá riverside village, a wonderful cove, which is subdivided into three arms of water, providing a unique view. See the picturesque church, and pay a visit to a local house where you will witness the talent of the native ladies in handcrafted pieces made with mastery. See the preparation and making of handicrafts — a true cultural show — and receive valuable knowledge about the arts and history of the Arapiuns River. During lunchtime, taste the Amazon with a meal prepared by a local, with fresh fish, free-range chicken, and sometimes meat. After lunch, relax laying on a hammock, enjoying the breeze. Continue the tour along the rocky banks of the Arapiuns River to your next stop, the fascinating Ponta do Toronó and Grande Lake. Walk over sand dunes that stretch for meters and divide the Arapiuns River into a large lake, with dozens of birds flying over and porpoises showing their fins.  Enjoy a picnic with fresh fruits such as watermelon, pineapple, banana, passion fruit, orange, apple, and coconut. This is a very good place for photos and to swim in crystal clear waters.  At the end of the tour, head to Ponta do Icuxi to see the sunset. After gazing at the sunset, return to Alter do Chão, cruising under a clear and starry sky.

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What people are saying about Pará

Going to Combu Island is a wonderful experience. I loved the boat ride and the tour at Dona Nena‘s chocolate production. It was a lot of fun. I highly recommend this tour for everyone who wants to experience the sourroundings of Belém.

The half-day city tour is a great apprach to the culture and sights in Belém. I loved how the food items were explained on Ver-o-peso market. The most important landmarks are covered. The guide was very helpful and understanding.