Pará doesn’t have the name ‘Amazonas’ like the state next door, so it might be easy to think it’s not part of ‘the Amazon’ either. In fact, Pará has some terrific Amazonian destinations: The national forest along the Rio Tapajós has monster trees and a fascinating living history of rubber boom and bust, and is reachable via the laid-back beach town of Alter do Chão. The capital city, Belém, is lively and pleasant, and you can wander deserted beaches on the islands of Algodoal and Marajó.
Travelers understandably see Pará as ‘not deep enough’ into the Amazon to warrant an extended visit, and extensive deforestation in the state certainly doesn't help. But it doesn’t take long to see that Pará has plenty of authentic Amazonia, and those who give it a chance are rarely disappointed.