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06/15/2016

Experience Brazil: Tips for Belem in the Amazon forest – Emilio Goeldi Museum

Today’s tip – Emilio Goeldi Museum in Belem

Just a few miles from the ‘Docas’ in downtown Belem lays perhapst the best surprise in the city – the Emilio Goeldi Musuem. The entrance can deceit you as it’s highly modest, and after purchasing a ticket for R$ 2,50 (roughly $0,75 – 2016 currency) your ready for a little treat if you are a lover of nature. For the place is full life.

Belem Museum

Emilio Goeldi Museum – Belem Brazil

The lavish flora is everywhere reminding you that if it were not for the brave ancesters you’d be standing in the middle of a 40m high canopy tropical forest surrounded by thousands of species of mammals, birds and insects. Watching a sloth family slowly descending from the tree tops was a pleasant surprise. I felt a little like Sir David Attenborough thrilled with a big breakthrough.

Belem museum

Emilio Goeldi Museum – Belem Brazil

I’m a great bird fan, so seeing some of the lavish specieis the Amazon harbours was a real treat. More than 1500 species inhabit the amazon basin – many are migrants from the north or south resting in the forest during the giant migrations. The great Marajo island – the biggest river-sea island in the world – sitting on the opposite river bank from Belem – is renowned for the migranting birds it receives each year. Truly a wonder for the eyes of true bird lovers.

Belem museum

Emilio Goeldi Museum – Belem Brazil

But apart from the birds, visitors also can see a vairety of turtoises, reptiles and the brazilian jaguar – though this magnificent animal can onl be seen meters away and behind bars – it’s still a thrill to see this astonishing animal up close. The options are good all round. It’s a brilliant trip to take with the kids! And relish for anyone with a connection with nature. Don’t miss it!

Belem museum

Emilio Goeldi Museum – Belem Brazil

 

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