Óbidos is a Brazilian municipality in the state of Pará, in northern Brazil. The city was built on the left bank of the Amazon River, 1,100 km away from Belém by river, in a stretch where the river banks become narrower and its channel deeper, forming, as the region says, the ” canyon of the Amazon River “, or the” river buckle “, as others prefer. The municipality originates from a fort built in 1697, but it was only officially created in 1755, in honor of the Portuguese village of the same name.
The municipality is at the narrowest and deepest point of the Amazon River, and for this reason the Portuguese built in that location the military installations that collected taxes from the Portuguese Crown and prevented the passage of invaders to the interior. Around this Fort, among the Pauxis Indians, a small town emerged, whose buildings and constructions refer directly to the colonial era. At Fort Pauxis you can admire the enormous effort of colonial engineering, and at the church of Sant’Ana, the simplicity of 17th century religious architecture. With narrow streets, low houses, small townhouses and corner stores, the city ended up being nicknamed “Cidade Presépio” by the people of Pará.
Óbidos was one of the first municipalities to have a contextual museum, created by the Secretary of Culture of the State of Pará. Its historic buildings display panels where the importance of each one is described, photos from the past and the record of other relevant facts related to the construction and their owners or residents. The municipality has a Catholic heritage with Sant’Ana as its patron, and its Círio is held on the second Sunday of July, where it attracts pilgrims from neighboring cities.
Círio de Sant’Ana in Óbidos
The Círio de Sant’Ana, follows a ceremonial: in the morning, an ornate flower boat takes the image to the opposite side of the Amazon River, where other boats are gathered, in the afternoon the river procession returns to the city where the holy is received festively by the population. The celebration continues with the festivals and novenaries, among other events until the last week of July. In addition to this party, there is also Carnapauxis, which is celebrated at carnival and brings back all the memories of colonial times, has masked revelers, starch battles and much more. This event attracts thousands of people to the municipality.
In addition to its historical riches, the municipality of Óbidos has several natural attractions that can be visited up close, each with its beauty and peculiarity, some of which are:
Curumu Lake and Waterfall
It is possible to bathe in the clear waters of the lake and practice sport fishing, as the region is abundant and offers several species of fish, including the famous peacock bass, in addition, it is possible to visit the village of Cumuru and get to know the region better. The waterfall has a waterfall that is considered low, about 7 meters high, but with a strong volume. It is a great option to cool off in its cold, clean waters.
Mamauru is a lake of dark and clear waters, surrounded by a side of dry land where communities flock along the lake and on the side of the Amazon River is the Várzea region, where you can take a boat trip and contemplate the fauna and flora of the place.
It is 9 km from the municipality of Óbidos, and is one of the most visited places by tourists and residents of the municipality. The resort has cold waters and a direct contact with nature.
Serra da Escama near Óbidos
The mountain was named because of the position of its trees as in the shape of a scale on top of each other. Seen from the outside, it receives many visitors every year to unravel the mysteries that revolt the history of this place, which was once the headquarters for the military to defend Cidade Presépio and the territory that belonged to the Portuguese colony of invaders.
On the RBarcos platform it is possible to find numerous boats available for tours in the state of Pará. Access and check the one that best identifies with your tour and have incredible experiences on board.