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As FIFA World Cup 2014 fever subsides and Brazil returns to its normal pace of life, now is the time to explore the richly diverse country which has been and continues to be under the spotlight with the next Olympic Games.
Increasing access to Brazil evermore this year, TAP expanded its route network in June 2014 to include two exciting destinations in the north of the country, Manaus and Belem.
With rich culture, nightlife and wildlife on the doorstep, discover the host cities’ highlights, now the crowds have left.
The new route operates with three weekly frequencies, on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, following the schedule Lisbon -Manaus -Belem - Lisbon, allowing TAP to enter Northern Brazil for the first time, a region with great potential for tourism and where the offer of international flights remains scarce.
UK travellers can replace any sore memories associated with Manaus with an unforgettable rainforest and wildlife adventure as this capital city of the state of Amazonas is Brazil’s prime gateway to the heart of the Amazon.
The fast growing ‘jungle’ city is also brimming with rewarding experiences including the chance to visit renowned monuments such as the Palacio Rio Negro, Justice Palace and Teatro Amazonas, a famous opera house, alongside a collection of museums.
The city of Belem, with its streets and parks shaded by mango trees, bohemian nightlight and historical buildings, is a charming city well worth a visit.
Interesting sites include the Basílica Santuario de Nazare which boasts impressive interiors of stained glass windows and soaring marble columns and the majestic 18th-century Catedral da Se (Belem Cathedral).
Belem is also home to the annual Círio de Nazare, one of the world’s largest festivals taking place October each year.
From here guests can also embark on an Amazon River tour, including sunrise bird watching tours and evening cruises seeing the plentiful wildlife on the river banks.
Alongside Manaus and Belem, TAP also provides links via Lisbon to ten further Brazilian destinations operating 82 flights a week, including Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Brasilia, Porto Alegre, Natal, Recife, Belo Horizonte, Sao Paulo, Campinas and Fortaleza.