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Explore Belem’s Amazonian markets
Discover Belem, a regenerating Amazonian city bustling with riverport life, brimming markets and a chaos of river craft.
Possibly one of the most jumbled, lively and atmospheric cities in Brazil, Belem is an unsung masterpiece of authenticity. A dark history of slavery has evolved into a modern-day engine of regeneration. There are fascinating markets to explore in this Amazonian port, beautiful Portuguese architecture in various stages of dilapidation, historic ramparts and a chaotic, tropical vibe which makes it surprisingly likeable.
The colonial centre and docks area with its restored wrought-iron Municipal market, the Ver-o-Peso open air market piled high with fresh tropical fish, vegetables and exotic berries, and the Estação das Docas, - a completely renovated complex of bars and restaurants by the river are all well worth exploring on foot. A highlight is the neo-classical, rubber-boom era Teatro da Paz, an ornate monument not as well known as its sister in Manaus but perhaps even more impressive in its opulence.
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Real Latin America Experts
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert
Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
Lina Fuller - Travel Expert
Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.
Ben Line - Travel Expert
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.
Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Expert
After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.
Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert
Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.