Not really too much to say about Belem. It’s a big city, a bit run down and I think the main reason for the visit was for those people not going back up to the Amazon, to get an excursion in to see the Amazon. There was a major delay getting a tender off the ship – we didn’t leave the ship until 10.30, then a 20 minutes tender ride and then a 40 minute bus ride into town. They have a lovely new docking area near the town centre but for some reason we couldn’t use it. Also we had to use there tenders and they didn’t send enough or the right size to get us off very efficiently. We walked through the busy city with lots of people around doing their shopping. We were looking for an internet café which we found as we headed back to the bus area and managed to make a few updates on the Trip Journal site
We are on the second of two sea days now but managing to keep busy as usual with talks, laundry and eating!! There is lots going on aboard the ship.
We are now relaxing on the verandah with a beer - for the heat!
Tomorrow we will be taking a tour of Recife and Olinda.