A paradise city, an Amazon city, Santarém is situated in a geographicallly privileged position, known as "the pearl of the Tapajós River". It is situated at the point where the blue waters of the Tapajós River meet the brown waters from the Amazon. It has an economy based on the extraction of gold, wood, Brazilian nuts, rubber and jute, with industries of textile and freezing, cattle farming, fishing and tourism. The Santarém culture is respected throughout the Amazon. Its music, literature and folklore are unique and creative. Its famous handcrafts cross state borders. Santarém has a beautiful scenery that is mixed with the splendid and austere silhouettes of its buildings. There are cozy bars along the waterfront that are delightful at sunset and at night. There are also many beaches, lakes and streams and flooded forests on the banks of the Tapajós River. These landmarks are found on both banks of the river and dominate a landscape stretching over many kilometers.
Leave Santarém at approximately 8:30 AM via regional riverboat. Before navigating upstream, visit the "meeting of the waters", a term used to describe the coming together of the Amazon and Tapajós Rivers. Arrive in Alter do Chão at about 11:30, lunch at one of the local restaurants, free time of walking in the village, free time for swimming in Lago Verde and the Tapajós River, Your boat leaves at 3:00 PM, arriving in Santarém around 5:30 PM.
Alter do Chão may also be reached by road for... Read more
Not many people leave Santarém without going to Alter do Chão. It is a small village located south-west of the city on the beautiful sandy beaches of the Tapajós River and Lago Verde (Green Lake). Leave Santarém at about 8:30 AM. It takes less than an hour to get to this "little piece of heaven". All 33 kilometers (20.4 miles) are paved. Afternoon tours are also available.
Free time for walking around the village and swimming in the clear waters of the Tapajós River and Green Lake. Lunch... Read more
This is a full day tour, which begins with a visit to the "meeting of the waters", where the Amazon and Tapajós Rivers come together. Igarapé-Açu (if the water level permits), Then the trip continues downstream on the Amazon to Maicá, which is a natural outlet of the Amazon. The advantage is that it is a much smaller stream, making it easier to see things as the boat meanders through the flood plain.
Birding is one of the highlights of this tour. It is common to identify up to 40 species of... Read more
This is a half-day tour that can be scheduled mornings or afternoons. You will begin your excursion at Kilometer "0" of the Santarém-Cuiabá Highway, the only road connecting this part of the Amazon with other points in Brazil. At Kilometer 8, elevation 158 meters (518.3 feet), your guide will make a brief stop to show you tropical soils. A few kilometers down the road you will enter a secondary dirt road leading to several small villages. Stops will be made to show different stages of "slash a... Read more
The Amazon and Tapajós Rivers meet directly in front of Santarém and flow side by side for a few kilometers before the Amazon inun-dates the Tapajós completely. While they are flowing side by side, each bears its own individual color, the Amazon being muddy-white and the Tapajós, clear-blue. The totally different colors is due to the fact that the Tapajós drains the Brazilian shield to the south, an old geological formation now lacking in sediments and organic materials. The Amazon River, o... Read more
This is a 3,5 hour tour that may be done via automobile, microbus or bus, depending on the number of passengers. Highlights of this tour include:
- The deep-water pier to observe ship and boat traffic, as well as exportation of lumber.
- Municipality Market to see regional produce like fruits, vegetables, manioc meal, fish, medicinal plants, etc.
- Nossa Senhora da Conceição Cathedral, matrix church of Santarém. See the large crucifix donated by the famous German scientist Martius who sur... Read more
This is an 6-7 hour trip via automobile, microbus or bus, depending on the number of guests. The main entrance to the Tapajós National Forest is at Kilometer 83 on BR-163, the Santarém-Cuiabá Highway. This road is paved. This beautiful virgin forest, some 650,000 hectares (1,560,000 acres) in total. The area is administered by IBAMA (Brazilian Institute for Environment and Renewable Natural Resources) and only recently has it been opened up to eco-tourism. It represents the only accessible la... Read more
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