A picturesque white-sand island Ilha do Amor is a subject of thousand postcards and undoubtedly the most beautiful beach of Alter do Chão. It's lying in front of the village, surrounded by river Tapajós on one side and lagoon Lago Verde on the other. There are several beach kiosks that offer local fish and drink. In the morning, when the water is...more
Igarape do Macaco ("igarape" means creek, stream of a river or lake and sometimes it's navigable) is water stream and principal source of Lago Verde. It is surrounded by lush vegetation and it's home to numerous birds. There are also a couple of rustic but nice beaches where you can safely refresh in a crystal clear water in the middle of the...more
The first day, soon after I arrived on the island (Ilha do Amor), I accidently met a group of Brazilians that we had met before. Two days ago we came from São Paulo to Santarem with the same flight. We started a conversation. It was a dinner time and we decided to eat together. There are several stilted shacks on the beach that serve food and...more
Açaí is a small, round, black-purple berry fruit of the palm native to the area. It's amajor component of the diet of traditional population in the Amazon region in Brazil. The fruit is frequently used in various juice blends, smoothies, sodas and also as a companion to the fish. In northern Brazil acai is consumed fresh and it's traditionally...more
Most of the nightlife in Alter do Chão is concentrated on weekends when sometimes they have carimbo, a Brazilian dance, originally from the region of Para. During the week the nights are peaceful and except having a drink in a local bar there is not much to do.
But for those romantic..... You must not miss the magnificent sunset!! The best spot to observe it is Ponta do Cururu (Cururu Point). Ilha do Amor is also a good place but it's worth walking a bit further.
Bus leaves Santarem almost every hour. It stops on Av. São Sebastião (between Rua Barao do Rio Branco and Travessa Silvino Pinto) although the official bus stop is on Praça Tiradentes. The journey to Alter do Chão takes about an hour.
You can also get there by boat (80 minutes). This might be also interesting as your guide can take you around to the various beaches in the area before stopping at your favourite.
Arariba shop has one of the largerst authentic indigenous art collections of the Amazon region. Their intention is to promote indigenous art craft and thus give help to local and regional Indian communities.
After only eight years of existance they already offer pieces of art from 80 different indigenous nations. The choice is really endless.
What to buy: mask, basket, ceramics, textile, weaving, batik, hammock, ecological leather, arm, jewellery, musical instruments, books, CDs...
What to pay: you can spend from a couple of euros to maybe thousand or so (for a special piece of antiquity)
Every day local women and children come to the little square offering their speciality, home made chocolate - cupulate. The difference is that this chocolate is not made of cocoa as we are used to but it is made from seeds of cupuacu (the most popular fruit of Para).
Cupulate looks and tastes just like chocolate but it's cheaper and more resistant to heat. It comes with filling of various local fruits as cupuacu, bacuri, acai, murici, coconut, brazil nut...
All this delicious things are also served in the river while you are having a bath or passing by on the boat. What a luxury indeed!!!
Pindobal is a settlement of stilted houses along the river Tapajós. A beach there is semi-deserted. You will probably see some local people, especially children playing in the river.Pindobal is lying about 8 km from Alter do Chão and it's the most wide point of river Tapajós (nearly 14 km). It can be reached by car or by boat.more
Getting to Ponta de Pedras was a combination of boating and walking. I made it with a local guide. Boat trip took about 40 minutes. Then it was an hour long walk to a final destination. A trail lead us through the rainforest and I was attracted by varied scenery. Ponta de Pedras (meaning Point of Stones, named by some gigantic stones) is a small...more