Quiet and nature place. This is an unique property hidden away in the Amazon region, 45 minutes of Mocajuba (boat ride time, Tocantins River), and 240 km of Belém, State of Pará, Brazil. Belém is an UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, and also is called Portal Amazon. The place is free of cars, but there are motorcycles.
There are two well defined seasons in the Amazon region. The winter, from January to June, with heavy rain, when the volume of water in the Tocantins River increases greatly, reaching the apex in May, and the waters surround the house and come under the house (as can be seen at the pictures). The other season is the summer, from July to December, when the waters do not come under the house. On both, it is possible swimming in the river.
## Why We Love Our Home ##
#When we are in the rooms or on the balcony, we can hear the sound of water under the house at bedtime and on awakening. /Quando estamos nos quartos ou na varanda, podemos ouvir o som das águas embaixo da casa na hora de dormir e ao despertar.
#The water temperature. At any time, we can go to the bridge to cool off in the river, even before bedtime. /A temperatura da água. A qualquer momento, pode-se ir até a ponte se refrescar no rio. Inclusive antes de dormir.
#The silence of the river, broken only by the Amazon's dolphin coming breathe or by the fishes in the river. /O silêncio do rio, apenas quebrado pelo som do boto (golfinho) que vem respirar, ou dos peixes que se alimentam.
# Endless stars in the sky
# The fireflies in the trees
The place is a village of fishermen and small farmers (also called “ribeirinhos ” and “quilombolas”). The "ribeirinhos" are people who live close to the river and depend on the river for everything. The "quilombolas" are descendants of slaves who took refuge in the place. Locals are engaged in artisanal fishing for their own subsistence. The Municipal Market of Mocajuba is the main market that supplies the region and their families.
## Activities (*) ##
Below, you will find the activities that can be done at the local neighbourhood. There are possibilities to explore plants, animals and the cultural diversity.
1) boat trip on the river with stops at small islands, beaches, and fishermen's houses.
2) Observation of animals such as: dolphin, “bicho-preguiça”, little monkeys.
3) Visit to the Uxizal Community of Quilombo. Visit to the village with ribeirinhos-quilombolas's typical houses.
4) canoe trip through “furos” and “igarapés”. A “furo” or “igarapé” is a watercourse of first or third order, consisting of a long river or channel. They are characterized by shallow waters and almost run into the forest.
6) observation of manufactoring handmade flour by the quilombolas
* These services can be arranged with locals.
## FOR KIDS ##
Kids love to make sculptures with clay, jump off the bridge, swim in the river with float, kayak, slide on clay straight into the river, wear diving goggles and see the river bottom, feed fish in the tank, fish small fish in the Bridge, go canoeing to the seawall to fetch fish and see the "boto" (Amazon's dolphin), put the "matapi" under water and observe the shrimps inside, see chicks and lambs, pick fruits, watch little crabs, slackline on the water, movie session at night with popcorn.
## MEALS ##
Although there are no restaurants, shops or markets at the place, it is possible to find the necessary for cooking in Mocajuba. Having an interest in hiring someone to prepare meals, this can be easily arranged. The kitchen is equipped with freezer, refrigerator, stove, microwave oven, blender and mixer, dishes, cutlery and pans.
If you are planning a few days in Belém, please take a look at the blog Café Viagem by Alexandra Aranovich. We suggest the following hotels in Belém:
1) Hotel Manacá: http://manacahotel.com.br/
2) Atrium Quinta De Pedras Hotel Belém: https://atriumhoteis.com.br/hoteis/atrium-quinta-de-pedras-belem
3) Hotel Le Massilia: http://www.massilia.com.br/
## MOBILE SIGNAL ##
Mobile signal is available on the property. Operators: TIM, CLARO