Hitting the equator....
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After getting stung for a taxi from the airport to the city, which was just 8km away (R$30, but I wasn't in a position to bargain at 3am in the morning!), I got to hostel and was relieved to find it was open. I had visions of getting there and finding it all locked up and having to wander the streets in the middle of night - not a good idea! The owner spoke no portguese so I had a lot of fun (not!) trying to explain what had happened to my HI card (as this was another HI hostel)...but through a combination of my crap portuguese, language and finding the email I had sent him, I seemed to get my message across. Not that it helped me to get my discount as he insisted that I needed to have the card with me - this just made me even more frustrated with the people at the hostel in Belo Horizonte for not being there when I left.
Had a nice lie in to recover and then breakfast which was surprisingly good. Your appetite diminishes so much in the heat that with a decent breakfast, you only really need to eat one more snack a day to last you...no three meals a day here! I got ready to go out and thought I'd better load up with DEET as I guessed the mozzies would be out in force looking for a decent feed on this quality piece of meat. this turned out to actually be a mistake as I got outside and realised that it was about 35 degrees and that I really should've put suncream on instead of insect repellant....but like a typical Brit abroad I carried on regardless!
Belem is a really nice laid back town (well city really as it has about 1.
The heat was pretty sapping, so had a nap later on and went out for a few beers with Alberto, an American guy who turned up - but Belem is not really a party town, so don't expect rocking nightlife here!!
Off to Ilha Marajo tomorrow!!
The Mangal das Garcas is in the Cuidade Velha (Old Town) and costs R$8 entrance, for all the exhibitions.
The Botanical Gardens/Museu Emilio Goeldi is similar (costs R$2 entrance), but a lot of exhibitions (snake centre, aquarium, main hall) were shut when I went, so it wasn't as good as it could have been.