Tourist Guide to Macapá, in the Amazon, Brazil

Linha de Transmissão, Macapá, ©PAC2/Flickr

Linha de Transmissão, Macapá, ©PAC2/Flickr

The city of  Macapá is located in Brazil’s Northern Region and it is the capital of  Amapá state. The city was founded first around a fortress named  Forte de São José do Macapá in 1688. More settlers arrived from the Azores in 1751 to defend region from French, English and Dutch invasions. African slaves were brought later to carry on building the fort.

City of Macapá in the Amazon itself was founded in 1738.  Macapá is called “The capital of the middle of the world ” due to the fact that the equator divides the city running through the middle of it. The city located in the Amazon, Brazil has a museum detailing researches from the rainforest and from a village formed by slaves who escaped .

By Plane, Bus or Boat to Macapá

Macapá, in the Amazon can be reached by plane, bus or boat. Macapá is served by Alberto Alcolumbre International Airport. Airport of  Macapá is receiving flights from Brasilia,  São Paulo,  Rio de Janeiro,  Belém, Marabá and Cayenne (Guyane),  Fortaleza and  São Luís. Buses are not the best  ways of transport to get to Macapá, Brazil.

Barco em Macapá, ©Marquinho!!!/Flickr

Barco em Macapá, ©Marquinho!!!/Flickr

Most of the bus roads are unsurfaced and you may have an uncomfortable and very long journey. Although buses go to Macapá from  Oiapoque, passing through the center of the city. When the rainy season shows up journeys with the buses can take even longer (January to May). Tourists can use boats arriving to Porto Santana from Santarém and Belém. Porto Santana is connected to Macapá by taxi or bus.

Places to Visit in Macapá

Fortaleza de São José do Macapá is most probably one of the most visited places in Macapá, Brazil. The fort was built between 1764-1782. There is a museum and the fortaleza is used for exhibitions, concerts and festivities celebrating the city’s founding. The city’s riverfront filled with trees, paths and lawns is a wonderful place for an evening walk. The botanical gardens are also great for a good walk.

Linha de Transmissão, Macapá, ©PAC2/Flickr

Linha de Transmissão, Macapá, ©PAC2/Flickr

Getting around Macapá

Most of the towns around the city of Macapá in the Amazon are linked by buses, trucks and also community minibuses. Air-taxi service is also available to some towns. There’s a bus station near the fort with buses leaving to the other parts of the city. The waterfront and the city center of Macapá can be easily accessed on foot.

Excursions from Macapá

A popular beach is situated around 16 km from the city center, named  Fazendinha which has many restaurants. At an 8 km distance from Macapá is the city of  Curiaú, popular for swimming and dancing on the weekends.

Praia de Macapá, ©deltafrut/Flickr

Praia de Macapá, ©deltafrut/Flickr

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