Visitors who wish to experience the true essence of the Pará people should go to Complexo Ver-o-Peso, the largest open market of Latin America. Miraculous herbs, Amazonian fish, various types of fruit, clothing, arts and crafts, flowers and ornamental plants are just some of the things you can buy there. At Ver-o-Peso you can try the fried fish with açaí berry, voted by the public as Belém’s most authentic dish. There is also a large number of typical food, including maniçoba and tacacá.
The century-old handicraft of the marajoaras, the tapajós and the araguaianos is preserved in the daily life of the Pará people. Belém’s innumerous museums is home to historical, cultural and architectural collections of both Brazil and the Amazon. We recommend some of the most popular, including the State Museum of Pará, Museu do Círio, Museum of Sacred Art, Museu do Encontro and the Belém Art Museum. Forte do Presépio is a fort that marks the foundation of the city and reveals to visitors how the Portuguese were concerned about maintaining control of the region.
It’s a good idea to visit the city during the Círio de Nazaré – a catholic procession on the second Sunday of October that gathers over 2 million people in a single religious event. Mangal das Garças Park, Estação das Docas, Polo Joalheiro, Portal Amazônia, Combú Island, Basílica Santuário de Nazaré, Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi and other tourist attractions invite you to come to Belém.
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