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SANTARÉM AND ALTER DO CHÃO
Brazil from 14/Jun/2015 to 21/Jun/2015

The Enchantment of the Amazon waters
A MUST SEE ATTRACTION
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Tapajós River

With its green colored waters, during the summer the river reveals almost 100 linear km of beaches along its banks.

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Amazonas River

The largest river in the world, the Amazon has 1100 tributaries and is highly sought by sport fishers. It has
a large variety of fish, such as   tucunarés and pirarucus.

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Vila de Alter do Chão

Near Santarém, the villa is full of natural attractions and ecological hikes. Its structure is complete with inns, restaurants and stores.

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Tapajós National Forest

You can see over 400 species of trees, like pau rosa, mahogany and sucupira, besides the rich fauna
in the region. It is an excursion
of rare beauty.

REASONS TO VISIT
Culture

Handcraft

The handcraft in Santarém follows the Tapajós cultural tradition. The ceramic pieces are creative and varied and you can find them in many small shops, which also sell clothes and accessories made from natural fibers.

Culture

Historic Heritage

Visit the ancient building in Santarém where the João Fona Museum has a complete collection of ceramics produced by the Tapajós indians. At the Nossa Senhora da Conceição Church, the oldest in the city, see the Crucifix by German scientist Von Martius, known to have escaped death in a shipwreck on the Amazon.

Culture

João Fona Museum

Built between 1853 and 1868, it has been home to the jail, the City Hall and the Courts. The collection includes exhibitions of tapajós pottery (produced by Tapajó Indians - one of the largest and most important indigenous nations in Pará).

Culture

Nossa Senhora da Conceição Church

The oldest church in the city, it houses the Crucifixo de Von Martius, an artifact that belonged to the famous German scientist Karl Friedrich Philipp von Martius, who became known for escaping death in a shipwreck on the Rio Amazonas.

Fun

Sairé Folklore Festival

To know the region folklore, go during the month of September when one of the largest Amazon folklore shows is held.  Promoted for about 300 years in Alter do Chão, the program includes the raising of decorated masts, a procession and diverse folklore shows, as well as musical presentations.

Ecotourism and Adventure

Meeting of the Waters – Meeting of the Tapajós with the Amazon

Watch a phenomenon rarely seen. Due to the different densities, temperatures and water speeds of the Tapajós and Amazon Rivers, the two rivers don’t mix when the “meet” in front of the city of Santarém. This phenomenon is known worldwide as the “Meeting of the Waters”.

Ecotourism and Adventure

River Islands

River islands are peculiar to the Amazon region and some of them are in constant transformation, due the successive periods of flood and drought, when beaches, lakes and streams appear. Visit the São Miguel Island, where Amazon turtles lay their eggs.

Ecotourism and Adventure

Ponta do Cururu Beach (River Dolphin Refuge)

Here it is possible to see the mythical Rio Alter’s dolphins, famous in local legends and festivals.

Ecotourism and Adventure

Fish Varieties

Variety is what is not lacking in the regional waters.  The Amazon has about 3 thousand species that can be seen in the Xingu and Tapajós Rivers. Cachorras, traíras, pacu, tucunarés, bicudas and many others make Pará the “Disneyland of Fishing”, according to American journalist Larry Larson.

Sports

Sport Fishing

One of the greatest attractions in the region, sport fishing, attracts people from all around the world who are in search of the singular excitement of catching fish of up to three meters long, such as the pirarucus, one of the most sought after by fishers. On the Mexiana Island, you can witness their mating and egg-laying.

Sun and Beach

Alter do Chão Beach

The Alter do Chão Beach is not known as the Brazilian Caribbean by chance.  The English newspaper, The Guardian, has indicated the place as one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet.  Besides enjoying its rare beauty, visit other magical places such as the Tapajós National Forest and Ponta do Cururu, where you can see fresh water dolphins

WEATHER
ALL YEAR ROUND
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Average temperature during the year

JAN
22° 31°
FEB
22° 30°
MAR
22° 30°
APR
22° 30°
MAY
22° 30°
JUN
22° 31°
JUL
21° 31°
AUG
22° 32°
SEP
22° 32°
OCT
22° 33°
NOV
23° 33°
DEC
22° 32°
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