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.
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.
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.
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!