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Top Choice Forest in Pará

Floresta Nacional do Tapajós

If you came to the Amazon to see primary rainforest, look no further than the Floresta Nacional do Tapajós. Wildlife is a possibility – from birds to primates and even the (very) occasional jaguar – but it's the sen…
Top Choice Lake in Santarém

Lago Maicá

The floodplains east and southeast of Santarém are one of the Amazon's most rewarding excursions. Flooded for much of the year, it's home to fabulous birdlife (including toucans and macaws), pink dolphins, howler mo…
Top Choice Market in Belém

Mercado Ver-o-Peso

The name of this waterfront market, with its iconic four-turreted structure at its southwestern end, comes from colonial times, when the Portuguese would ver o peso (check the weight) of merchandise in order to impo…
Top Choice Market in Belém

Estação das Docas

An ambitious renovation project converted three down-at-the-heels riverfront warehouses into a popular gathering spot, with restaurants, bars, shops and even an art-house theater. There are river views and displays …
Top Choice Vegetarian in Alter do Chão

Siria

The lovely chef-owner, Betania, prepares just one dish per day, announced on a sandwich board out front. From chickpea omelets to vegetable tarts, count on it being outstanding, served with brown rice, fresh salad a…
Top Choice Food Hall in Belém

Estação das Docas

One of the best places in Belém to eat, no matter what you're hungry for. The bustling complex has almost a dozen restaurants, most with indoor and outdoor seating, open for lunch, dinner and late-night feasting. Fa…
Top Choice Live Music in Alter do Chão

Espaço Gastronômico

There's always something worth seeing at this cool music-restaurant space at the east end of the waterfront promenade. There's live carimbó Saturday nights in season, and guest bands play rock, forró, samba, reggae …
Top Choice Brazilian in Santarém

Restaurante Piracema

Considered by many to be the best restaurant in town, Piracema uses regional ingredients and flavors to create dishes you'll find nowhere else. The specialty is the peixe á Piracema, a spherical construction of laye…
Top Choice Beer Hall in Belém

Amazon Beer

As much as Brazilians love beer, it’s can be surprisingly tough to find anything heftier than a pilsner. This award-winning brewery is an exception, with an amber ale, a Dutch witbier (wheat beer), an IPA and even a…
Top Choice Pizza in Santarém

Massabor

Occupying a raised pier over the water, this open-air restaurant opposite Praça do Pescador has nice breezes and gorgeous river views; watch for dolphins. The menu is mostly pizza, but there is a page dedicated to l…