The capital of the state Para is the entrance to the Amazon area and it is hot and very humid. Belem is called also “the city of the Mangos”, because there are many enormous old Mango trees.
The whole atmosphere of the city was fascinating, you have always the feeling you are here at the end of the time. At the port there are a lot of pictorial jetties, wooden huts and all kind of bars. Daring constructions of slats connect the boats with the docks. Among them, thick black vultures fight with hungry dogs about the rest of the morning fish market. For us a completely unreal scenery.
The market "ver-o-peso" beside the docks offers everything which grows, crawls and stinks from the Amazon area. Our local guide could explain us all the possible and impossible things and protected us also against pickpockets. Because for 2 foreigners it is very dangerous to go alone through the food halls.
The exotical "medicine market" offered all kinds of natural medicine like, dried seahorses, turtle heads, frogs, snakes, herbs and so on. A special offer was a little Anaconda into a glass of water, which is used here as a perfume, nothing for European noses!!!!