With its green colored waters, during the summer the river reveals almost 100 linear km of beaches along its banks.
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.
Near Santarém, the villa is full of natural attractions and ecological hikes. Its structure is complete with inns, restaurants and stores.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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