Those looking for peace, beautiful beaches on the shores of one of Brazil’s most famous rivers and lots of nature adventure will enjoy what Alter do Chão has to offer. The village is located in the municipality of Santarém, in Pará, and has gained strength among Brazilian tourists over the past decade – earning the title of Brazilian Caribbean, a definition that does justice to its destination.
Samara Felippo, Giselle Batista, Whindersson Nunes, Príncipe Charles, Grazi Massafera, Felipe Andreoli and Rafa Brites are among the celebrities who have already been to check out the lush nature of the place and the huge strips of sand that intervene in the fresh water. The destination also receives famous international personalities, one of the most remembered visits being that of Prince Charles, in 2009.
Thanks to its sweet beaches, magnificent forests and regions that are home to an impressive biodiversity, Alter do Chão is one of the main destinations in Brazil for those who want to enjoy first class ecotourism. The location is also a preference for those who are committed to sustainable tourism. This contact with nature can be intensified on trails, visits to mountain peaks and even sports such as boating through the clear waters of the region.
The culture of the region is strong, either in the kitchen or in the various carimbó presentations that enliven the city. The good infrastructure of the beaches and the large number of bars and restaurants on the seafront make the destination even more favorable for those who want to enjoy it in peace.
It is better to choose to go to Alter do Chão in the dry season to get the most delimited beaches. However, the flood period is considered the most beautiful because it makes the most of the natural landscapes of the village; however, it is the period that receives the most rain, which may not allow for tours.
How to get to Alter do Chao?
Santarém can only be reached via Belém, Manaus and Brasília. Departing from Sao Paulo, it is possible to find flights from R $ 2 thousand *. Arrival is via Santarém – Maestro Wilson Fonseca International Airport.
From there, you can reach Alter do Chão by public transport. Take a bus from Tapajós Avenue and take another bus to Praça Barão de Santarém. The journey takes approximately 40 minutes. Those who want more comfort can opt for a taxi or transfers, but the prices can be more expensive.
If you are leaving Manaus or Belém and you have time, it is worth considering getting to Alter do Chão by boat.
What to do in Alter do Chao?
It is one of the most famous rivers in Brazil, as it flows into the Amazon River. The Tapajós stretch passes through Santarém, where it has a strong significance and a strong presence. The river is home to mangroves and wildlife that can be explored by walking or diving.
It is also possible to cruise for up to five days or take a few-hour excursion with a motor boat, a boat or a canoe. Tours can be arranged with agencies on the outskirts of Santarém. It is possible to make the guided tour or prioritize the beach regions.
Ponta da Pedra beach
The beach is located on the banks of the Tapajós River and is one of the most famous in the Alter do Chão. It is one of the regions with the most beautiful landscapes in the village, mainly due to the rock formations that surround part of the coast and frame the green sea. A good program is to cross Tapajós to Canal do Jari, where there is a friendly local community. It is recommended to stay there long enough for lunch, as the diversity of the restaurants on site can add a lot to the experience.
This is considered the most sought after beach by tourists. The reason: the region is synonymous with decompression and peace. When you get there, indulge in the clear, calm waters and enjoy the charming kiosks. Praia do Pindobal is also a popular place at night: concert halls, restaurants and carimbó presentations shake up the region.
Tapajos National Forest
Also known as Flona, it is a complex that houses trees almost 70 meters high, which are the hood and streams. It is the perfect place for tourists who enjoy hiking and activities that offer a connection with nature and the forest. The forest is divided between the Maguari and Jamaraquá communities, each with different routes. Get ready to venture between vines, lakes and beaches.
Island of Love
The excellent infrastructure and the charm of being located on a small peninsula on the Tapajós River make it an unforgettable destination. Ilha do Amor is located on the outskirts of the city and has white sand and crystal clear waters. In addition to being a good place to relax, you can enjoy local cuisine at the kiosks or enjoy sports such as boating and footvolley. A morning program is to take advantage of the first hours of the day to go hiking in the Serra da Piraoca, from where you can see some points of the Alter do Chão de Cima.
* Prices consulted from May 6, 2022.