RIVERINE BELEM - parA
DAY 1: Belem. Arrival in Belem and transfer from the airport to the hotel. Free time to rest and walk around Belem downtown. *Meals are not included this day.
DAY 2: Belem. Breakfast and departure from the hotel at 8:30 a.m. We will enjoy a tour around Belem, visiting the popular market called Ver-o-Peso (the most famous postcard of Belem), where there are diverse typical fruits, fishes and seafood, meat, handcrafts, spices, medicinal herbs and regional products. They make this fair the most interesting and fascinating market in the Amazon. At 12 p.m. break for lunch (included). In the afternoon, we will visit the old and historical sites in the town, emphasizing the area of Feliz Lusitania Complex, where is located Saint Alexander’s Church and the Religious Art Museum, Belem Cathedral, Casa das Onze Janelas (Modern Art Museum) and Forte do Presépio (fort), the landmark of Belem’s foundation. We will pass by Republic’s Square, where is located the Theatro da Paz, an opera house built in 1878 during the Rubber Cycle, when an important economic growth occurred on the region. The sunset will be appreciated from Estacao das Docas, a cultural and gastronomic place by the docks, where we have a beautiful view of Guajara Bay. Return to hotel at 7 p.m. Free time and dinner (not included).
DAY 3: Belem / Cotijuba Island / Belem. Breakfast and departure from the hotel at 7:15 a.m. to Cotijuba Island. Transfer (1 hour) to Icoaraci, where we will embark in a regular boat to Cotijuba Island (1 hour and 20 minutes of navigation). Arrival and meeting with the Women’s Movement of Belem Islands – MMIB, that is a local social organization operating for 20 years on the islands of Belem. Visit the office of MMIB and interaction/voluntary activities with the locals. Lunch (included) and leisure time by the river beach (but that seems the ocean in size). Return to Icoaraci by regular boat and to Belem by vans or bus. Arrival at the hotel at 7 p.m. Free time and dinner (not included).
DAY 4: Belem / Boa Vista do Acara / Belem. Breakfast and departure from the hotel at 8:00 a.m. to the port in Belem. We will embark at 8:30 a.m. (in a rented regional boat) to Boa Vista do Acara community. It will be, approximately, 50 minutes of navigation. During the trip, that cross Guama River, is possible to see and understand how people live in the region. Homes built on stakes guarantee protection against the force of the river and boats are the only transportation. The red flag tied up in a mast is a sign of there is açai to sell. It is very common to see this native palm tree from the Amazon along the bank. The extraction of acai is one of the main income sources of the native people. Arrival at the community port around 9:20 a.m. and meeting with community leaders. They will be our guides during the whole day. Then, we will begin a walk of 20 minutes from the port to the Association Center, where we will introduce ourselves to each other and a welcome snack prepared by the community will be waiting for us. From there we follow to Priprioca’s plantation, an aromatic root used in cosmetics production. The Association commercializes this root to Natura Company. As priprioca takes a minimum of eight months to be reaped, native families support themselves with the cultivation of açai, cupuaçu, biriba and many others fruits species that we will also have the opportunity to know. Still in the morning, we will participate of the process of handmade production of “Mandioca” flour, the base of the Amazon food. Lunch (included) will be served at the community center. In the afternoon, we will stop by a igarape (small channel of the river) to swim and take a wonderful bath with aromatic natural plants, called “banho de cheiro”, that is an old tradition highly respected and widespread in Boa Vista do Acara. And, at the end, we will walk back to the port and embark at 3:30 p.m. to return to Belem. Arrival in Belem at 4:30 p.m. and transfer to the hotel. Free time and dinner (not included).
DAY 5: Belem / Combu Island /Belem. Breakfast and departure from the hotel at 8:30 a.m. to the port in Belem. We will embark in a regional boat to Combu Island (20 minutes of navigation). Along the rivers of the Amazon live the ribeirinhos – a traditional population, depending mainly on artisanal fishing and community-based forest management (timber and non-timber products). There are more than 3 million ribeirinhos (riverine people) in the Amazon. The Combu Island is formally an environmentally Protected Area but traditional communities are allowed to live there. It was established in 1997 with a size of 1.5 thousand hectares. We will arrive at the island and visit Dona Nena, whose 14-hectare agroforestry plot produces cocoa and various Amazonian fruits such as bacuri (Platonia insignis) and cupuaçu (Theobroma grandiflora). After introduce ourselves and have a traditional coffee with her (with different handmade products), we will walk on a short trail on her property with informal explanation about local biodiversity, forest preservation and sustainable use of the forest. At the end, there will be a demonstration of Dona Nena’s artisanal chocolate (100% cocoa) production. She will tell the history of this chocolate, how she learned and the way her family started to make it this way. The visitors will have chance to help her to make the chocolate. From there, we will have lunch (included) at a restaurant by the river at Combu Island and have some time to swim and relax. Return to Belem and arrival at the hotel at 3:00 p.m. Free time and dinner (not included).
DAY 6: Departure Belem. Breakfast and check-out in the morning. Transfer to the airport for departure.
Transfers in Belem as described in the itinerary.
Boat transfers during activities as described in the itinerary.
Accommodation at a hotel in Belem downtown from Day 1 to Day 6 (05 nights).
Visitation fee for community associations.
All visits and activities scheduled.
05 breakfasts (from Day 2 to 6); 04 lunches (from Day 2 to 5); and 02 snacks (Days 3 and 4). Other expenses on food and drinks are not included.
Local guides and hosts during the tours.
Handmade gift from our region.
Bilingual logistics coordinator from Estacao Gabiraba team.