Belem Soft Hotel
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
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... I waited!
Once I'd recovered from my overnighter, headed out to check out an agent, for flights not just the boat – no point going if I can’t get back! Boat was pricier than elsewhere and flights matchable myself, so sorted the latter online, in a last minute splurge – go out on a high! Stocked the fridge with a couple of new brews, but neither worth a revisit and then found ...
... to finish, on your left the cathedral and in front of you the casa das onze janelas, the house of the eleven windows, that one can enter, and on the other side, sit at a terrace watching the Guajarį Bay, part of the vast Amazon River delta.
Beware, around 2-3 pm, best have a shelter, because then the daily shower comes, a tropical rain showing that an umbrella can be totally useless ;-)
This first visit was really to enjoy
Belem didn't get off to a great start. On arrival at the hostel one of the guys who had gone on ahead said they had seen a mugging in broad day light.
Nevertheless we all went out for a walk. On a Sunday the place is very quiet, with only a few very iffy looking people about.
Turned out to be a bit of a laugh in the end, as the rain hammered down. Arnold, May, Marilyn and I all sheltered under a tree, until we started to get wet ...
... were to happen to the plane, who ya gonna call? I could hear some other aircraft talking to Center, but in Portuguese, so even a distress call to them might not be understood. Below me were broken clouds, and below that jungle and brown water, no doubt full of endless varieties of creeping, crawling, squawking things Darwin would have been giddy to study.
There were only a few breaks in the clouds, but I did manage ...
... and I explored the city on my own, visiting a big market, called “ver o peso” where they have a lot of food and other stuff, starting my day with a nice cold “Acai” which is the very famous sweet dish of Brazil and you can get it anywere in the country but here it tastes the best because the fruits come from here. It is a lot better than the ones I tried in Rio or Sao Paulo. “Acai” is a palm fruit ...