The host student or family will provide at least one meal per day. The dishes are very tipical and consists basically on mandioca, fish and açai based delicious plates.
To use the public transportation is not that easy but you can easily manage that with your cantact person help.
If you find yourself out late at night, lost, or stuck in the rain, taxi's in Belém are relatively inexpensive for short distances. Make sure you only take taxis from cooperatives. If you ask your hotel, hostel, or someone at the bar or restaurant where you find yourself, they'll be more than happy to direct you to the nearest cooperative or call a cab for you.
There is one major long distance coach terminal at Sao Braz. There are many local busses travelling all over the city. The number of buses passing Avenida Presidente Vargas is nothing short of astonishing, and you can get virtualy anywhere within Greater Belém from here. Another transport "hub" is in front of the bus terminal, next to São Bráz. Most buses run until about 11PM, but minibuses go virtually around the clock on major roads.
By bicycle- there are a great number of cycle lanes along the main avenues.
There are a lot of modern high rises, but between them particularly in Cidade Velha and Campinas there are a vast number of well preserved colonial buildings, from the rubber boom and earlier. Many of the grander ones now house official bodies and there has been a recent drive to preserve them. Belém has many attraction, here are some of many attractions the city offers.
- Estação das Docas (Revitalised docks with bars, shops, music etc.)
- Complexo Feliz Lusitânia (Complex Happy Portugal)
- Casa das Onze Janelas (House of Eleven Windows)
- Mercado Ver-o-Peso (See-the-Weight Market) - the old fish market a large and lively traditional market. Here you will find fish, fruit, vegetables, regional items and offers a good insight into traditional local culture.
- Mercado Ver-o-Rio (See-the-River), bars and a boating lake.
- Forte do Castelo The old fortress in the oldest part of town.
- Catedral da Se The oldest church in Belem.
- Praça Batista Campos (Batista Campos Square)
- Museu de Artes de Belém (Belém Arts Museum)
- Museu Emilio Goeldi (Emílio Goeldi Museum). The zoo.
- Praça da República (The Square of the republic). The main square with statues and the Teatro da Paz.
- Teatro da Paz (Theater of Peace), Praça da República. Tue - Fri 9 AM - 5 PM, Sat - 2 PM. Rivals the Manaus opera house as a symbol of the rubber boom's riches. Guided tours every hour on the hour last 30 minutes. R$ 4, Tuesdays free.
- Bosque Rodrigues Alves (Botanical Garden Bosque Rodrigues Alves). A large section of the the original forest (with some a lake, fish, animals and a cafe) perhaps a square kilometer in area ten minutes by car from the city centre.
- Mangal das Garças - the region's vegetation, animals and food can be appreciated in this large park for tourists just off the city centre
- Plenty of beaches - Cotijuba, Salinópolis, Outeiro, Mosqueiro, Caripi...