In this picture you can see a detail of a building in the old town of Belem.
The best way to move around Belem is on foot, especially in the old town. You may have to take a taxi to visit some of the most distant sights, like the Botanical Garden and the Basilica of Nazareth, though.
Buses are not recommended because of pickpockets, mainly during the peak hours. As the rest of the big cities in Brazil, Belem is considered unsafe for visitors, but If you follow a few basic rules, you should be safe. During the day you should avoid non-tourist areas, and at night you should always take taxis. The safest area after dusk in Belem is the Estaçao das Docas, the docks area where the tourist restaurants are.
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