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Getting there & away




Belém’s long-distance bus station is 3km east of town. Major destinations may be served by several lines, while leito and semi-leito (luxury and semi-luxury) seats are available on some longer routes.

Beira-Dão (3226 1162) Runs buses to Vila Mosqueiro (R$3.50, with air-con $4, 1½ hours, departures every 30 minutes 6am to 11pm, until 10pm Sat, until 9pm Sun).

Itaperim (3235 2880) Serves Fortaleza (R$160, 24 hours, once daily), Salvador (R$269, 36 hours, three departures weekly) and Rio de Janeiro (R$329, 53 hours, three departures weekly).

Rápido Excelsior (3249 6365) Has service to Marudá (R$15, three to four hours, four departures daily, five on Friday and Saturday).

SIPROVAN (3226 5872) Also has van service to Marudá (R$15, 3½ hours, six departures daily).

Transbrasilia (3226 1942) Serves dozens of cities, near and far, including São Luis (R$77, 20 hours, one departure daily), Rio de Janeiro (R$313, 50 hours, four departures weekly), and Palmas (R$143, 20 hours, once daily).

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All long-distance boats leave Belém from the Terminal Hidroviária (Av Marechal Hermes). Purchase tickets from the booths just inside the entrance, preferably a day or two in advance.

Marques Pinto Navigação (3272 3847) and ENART (3224 1225) offer service to and from Manaus, and most points along the way. At last check, boats to Manaus left Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evenings, with stops at Monte Alegre (hammock/cabin R$150/200, two days), Santarém (R$160/250, 2½ days), Óbidos (R$180/260, three days), Parantins (R$210/300, four days), and Manaus (R$250/350, five days). Remember that cabins fit two people for the listed price; some boats have an air-conditioned hammock area and/or suites.

Arapari Navigação (3241 4977) and Rodofluvial BANAV (3269 4494) alternate service to Ilha de Marajó, with daily ferries from Belém to Foz do Rio Camará, better known as Camará, (R$13.50, three hours) twice daily from Monday to Saturday, once on Sunday.

São Francisco de Paula (3242 2070) has service to Macapá (hammock/cabin R$110/150, 24 hours, departure 10am Wednesday and Saturday) with return trips Tuesday and Friday.

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Belém’s Aeroporto Val de Cães is a hub for international, domestic and regional flights.

Air Caraibes (3224 0000; www.aircaraibes.com)

Gol (3210 6312 or 0300 115 2121; www.voegol.com.br)

Rico (www.voerico.com.br) airport (3210 6456); Belém (3241 4433; Av Assis de Vasconcelos 207)

Surinam Airways (3210 6436; surinam@amazon.com.br)

TAF (3210 6501; www.voetaf.com.br)

TAM (3212 2166; www.tamairlines.com; Av Assis de Vasconcelos 265)

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