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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 nearby Santana can take you to Belém(24 hours), Santarem (40 hours, hammock R$ 125, cabin R$ 250) and Manaus(5 days), among other smaller destinations.
  • 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.

Apart from buses, mototaxis are the cheapest means to transport. A mototaxi from the bus station to the centre costs approximately 7 - 10 BRL (c. 15 BRL in a taxi). From the centre to the Monument to the Equator a taxi should cost approximately 5 BRL.

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).

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]

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • 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

There is a very good ice cream shop on the wharf near the Fort in the centre o town. At night there are many stalls along the sea front near the wharf that serve hamburgers, fried foods and regional fare.

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.


Perhaps the only internet option on Sundays is inside the Mara Hotel at Rua São José just off the corner of Rua.

Get out[edit]

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