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Macapá is the capital of Amapá, and arguably the most deserted state capital of Brazil. As it sits north of the immensely wide mouth of the Amazon river, there are no highways leading out. Unless you count the road into French Guyana, that is.

Get in[edit]

  • Most flights connect in Belém. A taxi from the centre can be negotiated at R$ 15.
  • Boats from Santarem depart everyday for Santana near Macapá (except Fridays), including the N/M Luan, departing the DER Port in Santarém at 6pm Thursdays and arriving at the Porto do Grego in Santana at 11:30pm Fridays. As of Jan 2020, a hammock space costs around R160 and a cabin space costs around R600. As of Jul 2019, meals are usually not included in the fare; breakfast costs around R6-8 and lunch and dinner cost around R15.
  • There are also boats to/from Belém (24 hours) and Manaus (5 days), among other smaller destinations.
  • From the port in Santana, take a motorcycle taxi (R5, 10min) to the Nova Brasilia bus terminal, where there are buses to various destinations in Macapá (R3.65, 65min). Alternatively, a taxi from the port to Macapá costs R50 at night, possibly less in the daytime.
  • There are buses to Oiapoque on the border of French Guyana. Travel time varies greatly with the rains though is approximately 11 hours in the dry season. 3 departures per day.

Get around[edit]

  • Apart from buses, motorcycle taxis are the cheapest means of transport. A motorcycle taxi from the bus station to the centre costs approximately R7-10 (about R15 in a taxi).
  • Uber is available in Macapá, costing around R10 for a ride within town.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Marco Zero, (Right south of the city). Where the equator comes through, and even crosses a football stadium!  edit There is a museum below the monument which has a short video available in English and Portuguese.
  • Fortaleza de Macapá.  edit There are free guided tours available of the fort throughout the day (Portuguese Only).
  • Museu Sacaca, Av. Felíciano Coelho, 1509 - Trem, Macapá - AP, 68901-025. A remarkable museum. A lot of Amerindian artifacts, Amazonian trees and a small boat. Really well arranged.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • There are a number of small beaches around the city, particularly popular on Sundays. The easiest to access is Fazendinha, with direct buses from the centre.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Manganese artifacts. Local produced artifacts  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

The local cuisine is very diversified and very Amazonian. There are lot of local fishes and fruits. Try filahote and pirarucu fishes; "pato ao tucupi" (duck in a manioc sauce); jambu (your tongue will be numb); fruits like taperebá, murici, cupuaçu, bacuri and graviola. Near the fort, in the town center, there are lot of small stalls, serving regional fare, and great ice cream parlors, one near the wharf, other almost directly across the street from the Fort.

  • Sorveteria Santa Clara, R. Leopoldo Machado com Pedro Baião, Macapá - AP, 68900-016. Arguably one of the best ice cream parlors in a city that craves for ice cream. It's a chain and the address we copied probably is the best one. Try one of the local delicacies, like cupuaçu, bacuri or murici (Amazonian fruits); banhoff, paraense and tapioca are favorites too.  edit
  • Peixaria Amazonas, Rua Beira Rio, 218 - Santa Ines, Macapá - AP, 68901-470. Great Amapaense food. One of the best views in town.  edit
  • Rod's Bar, Complexo Turístico do Araxá - Rua Beira Rio, 450 - Santa Ines, Macapá - AP, 68901-470. Great food, great view. It's close to Amazon river and you get all the breeze  edit
  • Restaurante Dona Flor, (road between Macapá and Santana). Very good. Right on the river. As you eat you can see the river and the people that live there.  edit
  • Tsu, Av. Padre Júlio Maria Lombaerd, 1339 - Central, Macapá - AP, 68900-030. Japanese restaurant  edit
  • Peixaria do Jairo, Rua Rio Gorijubá, 9 - Santa Ines, Macapá - AP, 68901-370. Great food, Try anything with filhote and shrimp  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Armazem, (Some 15 blocks west of the center). Lively Sunday evenings until the wee hours  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Most mid-scale hotels give a straight 20-30% discount on posted prices.

  • Hotel do Forte.  edit
  • Hotel Mais.  edit
  • Atalanta Hotel.  edit


Perhaps the only internet option on Sundays is inside the Mara Hotel at Rua São José just off the corner of Rua. Internet now is widespread with SIM Cards and almost all hotels have a computer in the lobby.

Get out[edit]

Mazagão - Close city, picturesque views.

Oiapoque- gateway to French Guiana. Access by road, about 120 km without asphalt.

Calçoene- It contains the Brazilian Stonehenge.

Afuá - located in Marajó Island in Pará state, it has easy access by boat from Macapá. It's known as Marajó Venice, as it's not allowed any car over the wood platforms in this small but picturesque city.

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