Macapa , Brazil

    

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St joseph of macapa fortress
The st joseph of macapa fortress was built by the portuguese in the eighteenth century to protect the amazon. Most importantly, to protect it from the french who weren’t too far away in french guiana. The city of macapa was founded in 1758 and just 6 years later the construction of the fort began. .
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Trapiche eliezer levy and macapa promenade
As i was traveling, which meant i wasn’t really exercising i took advantage of the promenade and went for a long run in the evening. On the promenade you’ll pass trapiche eliezer levy which is a long pier as well as a good place to watch the sunset. .
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Macapa football stadium (zerao)
It’s a short walk from the marco zero monument. The centerline of the pitch is located on the equator. .
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How to get from macapa to oiapoque and french guiana
This journey was a little bit too short as the bus arrived in oiapoque at around 5 am and the border to french guiana did not open until 8 am. I decided that waiting in the bus station for 2-3 hours was the safest thing to do. At 8 am i took a taxi to the border control and was stamped out of brazil. .
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Macapa
Its not really worth a trip on its own and as such is well off the well-trodden traveler routes. But anyone headed to french guiana must pass though macapa and won’t regret spending a day or two here, with its cooling river breezes (especially along rua beira rio), a couple of nice sights and festivals celebrating afro-brazilian culture. If you have extra time, visiting the san antonio waterfall or forging a path to the national parks can be rewarding (though tough) before you head up to the border. .
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