Belem is a town in southern Brazil whose port is located at the mouth of the Amazon River, and it has always been an important trade link with Europe.

Founded by the Portuguese as a stronghold to protect the Amazon from the English and Dutch, today the city has become the largest port on the Amazon as well as a notable tourist and handicraft centre. The Ver-o-Peso market offers typical products of the Amazon: delicious fruits, cacao, cassava, rice and rubber. The climate is characterised by frequent rains that, with incredible precision, always fall around 3 pm. The old part of town with its narrow streets is lined with large colonial houses with ceramic facades from the 17th century. While the Rodrigues Alves forest, inspired by the Bois de Boulogne in Paris, exhibits some of the local flora.

Not to be missed:

• The mouth of the Amazon River

• The Ver-o-Peso market

• The Rodrigues Alves Forest