Fresh fish in Belem.
Belem is at the mouth of the Amazon river which represents more than half the planet’s remaining rain forests and comprises the largest and most species-rich tract of tropical rain-forest in the world. Founded in 1616 by the Kingdom of Portugal, Belém was the first European colony on the Amazon but did not become part of Brazil until 1775. The newer part of the city has modern buildings and skyscrapers. The colonial portion retains the charm of tree-filled squares, churches and traditional blue tiles. The city has a rich history and architecture from colonial times. Recently it witnessed a skyscraper boom.
Discussing the day’s catch.
Waiting for customers to buy their fresh fish.
Ancient fishing boats.
All the fishing boats at the docks make it a fascinating area to wander around and soak up the atmosphere, you get the feeling nothing has changed here for centuries.
Old man of the sea.
Can you imagine how many years this old man has been standing here on the wharf casting his net into the river?
The banks of the mighty Amazon.
Naturally I took an interesting river tour along the mighty river to add to my river bucket list which includes the Nile, The Mississippi, the Mekong and the Murray. Most of the city seemed old and ancient with many old rusting boats of all shapes and sizes lining the waterfront. However according to Wikipedia Belem has it witnessed a skyscraper boom, which is a shame. Here is a video clip of two Brazilian dancers on the cruise.
One of the passenger boats that will take you as far as Manaus.
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Belem Street market.
As you can see the market was not very organised. 🙂
Friendly little Brazilian guy in Belem.
This little guy was staying at my hotel with his parents, he like to come and visit me.
Does my bum look big in this?
The question women all over the world ask their husbands, well in this case the answer is a resounding YES. 🙂
Great faces in Belem
The slideshow has lots of photos from Belem, Canoa Quebrada, Fortaleza & Teresina.
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