This tour of Santarém includes stops at the fish market, where it is possible to see freshwater dolphin. Then you'll pass by the cathedral, Fisher Square, and the riverfront, where you can see the meeting of the Tapajós and Amazon Rivers.
Heading out of town toward Alter do Chão, you’ll stop to visit the Manioc Flour House, and walk a short distance through the rainforest to visit a local family. You'll watch them prepare manioc flour, an Amazonian staple, see the traditional way to extract latex (a white fluid that is used for making rubber) from a rubber tree, and see a display of the equipment used by 19th-century latex/rubber collectors. Your guide will accompany you on a stroll through the compound, pointing out trees used for native medicines and handicrafts.
Then you'll head out of town into rural Brazil to Alter do Chão. Considered one of the top five beaches in Brazil, Alter do Chão is a beautiful Amazon beach resort located in the bay of Rio Tapajós. It sits beneath two rolling green hills, one of which is shaped like a church altar, giving the area its name. Here, you'll relax and explore this charming village with its white-sand beaches and crystal-clear water. With only about 2,000 inhabitants year round, you are sure to orient yourself quickly and easily. You'll have a guided tour here, but you will also have time to explore on your own before you return to Santarém.
- Language: English
- Included: Mineral water on board the bus
- In Santarém, coaches are regular local buses with no air conditioning