Alter do Chão Alter do Chão

According to the British newspaper The Guardian, Alter do Chão houses the best beach in Brazil.

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Alter do Chão is a village in the middle of the Amazonian region located about 38 km from the city of Santarém. It has beautiful beaches (including Alter do Chão beach) with white sands bathed by warm blue-green freshwater of Tapajós River. Exceptional place in Brazil due to its great scenic beauty.

The beaches show up between August and November during the River dry season. During this period, hotels and lodges receive many guests. In addition to the beaches, you can go tracking in the forest, rappelling, canoeing, sport fishing, swimming with porpoises, meet local communities and fill your baggage with handicrafts. In September, you can enjoy the traditional Sairé Festival which mixes religious, mythological and cultural elements.

Alter do Chão cuisine is a unique attraction which explores the great Amazonian spices. We recommend to try local fish dishes, cashew stroganoff and duck in tucupi sauce (broth made with manioc root), very popular in the North region of Brazil.

Key information and tips

Go for boat trips at sunset and take amazing pictures.

You will need to carry Brazilian currency.

On daylight, the weather is hot and humid but at night, it usually gets cold.

Wear sunscreen and insect repellent.

On the beaches, get in dragging your feet to avoid stepping on stingrays.

Opening hours:
The beaches show up between August and November during the River dry season. Winter is not rigorous (In undemanding winters) but beaches are exposed as well in other months of the year.
Duration of the Visit
At least 1 day.
More Info
Article of the British newspaper The Guardian
Alter do Chão social network
Alter do Chão website


Right bank of the Tapajós River, Santarém, Pará.

Some taxi drivers from Santarém drive to Alter do Chão. The 38 km paved road is safe.

There are some cruises that ride through the Amazon basin and include Alter do Chão village in their route.

You can take a bus that leaves the city of Santarém to Alter do Chão (38 km from the city) every half hour. The ride is not recommended fir you have a lot of baggage.