|A boat plies the waters of Rio Guajará|
Why come to Belém? Two reasons. Even in its state of decay, it is still a beautiful city with a great history and the famous Ver-O-Peso (see the weight) market. And it is the center for Amazonian-Brazilian cuisine, where the flavors of the Amazonian rain forest are brought forth to the rest of the world. And sometimes these great rain forest flavors are turned into ice cream. But more on that later.
This is my walking tour of the reclaimed port area, the Ver-O-Peso market, and the Cidade Velha of Belém. Apparently there's a modern city here, too, but who cares about that?
First, the area around the guesthouse where I am staying, the Residencia Karimbo Amazonia.
|The view down Travessa Piedade|
|The Residencia Karimbo Amazonia|
|I think this is a banyan tree, but I'm no arborist|
|Meet Pedro Teixeira|
|Alongside the Rio Guajará, or Guajará Bay which, technically, count as the waters of the Amazon (system)|
|Outside the Estação Das Docas|
|Still outside the Estação Das Docas|
|Selfie along the waters of Rio Guajará|
|Amazon Beer brew pub|
|Amazon Beer brew pub, note the copper vats|
|Touring boat docked|
|The dining section of the tent section next to Ver-O-Peso|
My favorite part of the Ver-O-Peso was the fruit section. Some of the fruits were familiar-looking. After all, Belém is known as the "Mango City" and I know what a mango looks like.
And, finally, the blue spires of Ver-O-Peso:
|Various views of the Ver-O-Peso|