There are various freight transport companies plying between Belèm and Macapá (Santana). Most of them sail on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and the crossing takes 35-42 hours. Most of these companies are situated along the waterfront north of downtown Belèm.
It pays to shop around and get various quotes from different companies. After choosing the company either stock up on food and water if you want to be independent or join the crew and other drivers in the canteen where they serve three meals a day.
While you have to wait for your turn to drive onto the cargo boat, you might want to camp at the company’s designated dock. They told us they’d load at 7 pm, but we loaded only at 11 pm. This could happen the other way around as well, so better be there early.
Price to Ship Your Vehicle
For the Land Cruiser and the two of us we paid 1000 reais (including meals). In retrospect this may have been too much. We thought all prices were one way, but later we were told that trucks pay 2500-3000 reais for a return ticket (they have to return within the same week).
Some companies only allow the driver to accompany the car. In one case, I (Karin-Marijke) was only allowed to cross as a stowaway – which I did not find a good plan. In the end we shipped with J. Sabino Filho, where I could travel as a legal passenger.
Ours: J. Sabino Filho – Tropical Transportes
Rua do Cruzeiro 985 (between R. 15 de Agosto and R. Juvêncio Sarmento)
Icoaraci (north of downtown Belèm)
Crossings on Monday, Wednesday, Friday
GPS Waypoint: -1.175390, -48.289220
Another company north of downtown Belèm is Sanave
AV. Pedro A. Cabral 1323, Bairro Umarizal
We know of a couple that paid 2000 reais for the crossing of their MAN truck and the two of them.
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