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Macapa (Port of entry office)

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Position

Coordinates: 000° 1.683' N , 051° 3.071' W
Country: Brazil

Description

Although Macapa is a port of entry the Customs in here do NOT clear small private vessels. The nearest port of entry for yachts is Belem.

An industrial city that sits directly on the equator is the entry port for cruise ships arriving from the Atlantic before vessels can enter the river.

Don't miss

  • pink-hued Amazon river dolphins ("boto" in Portuguese) swim up next to the ship — or the dock — and poke their long noses out of the water to welcome. 
  • Fortaleza de São José de Macapá built to defend the Amazon River entry point. The fortress remains structurally sound, although there’s little in the way of formal exhibits or guided tours. 
  • Marco Zero, this sundial marker delineating the exact line of the equator, you can snap a photo with one foot in the Northern Hemisphere and the other in the Southern.
  • Pororoca, known by surfers as “the longest wave,” this 10- to 12-foot-high tidal bore travels down the Amazon River for hundreds of miles during spring tides. Near Macapá, there’s a point where experienced surfers try paddling out to catch it. Others simply gawk as the chocolate-brown wave sweeps by, carrying entire trees and crocodiles with it!

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Added by Helena Neal on 04/08/2018 01:32:15.
Last updated by Helena Neal on 14/06/2019 01:03:01.
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