Alter do Chão is a village that belongs to the municipality of Santarém, in the northern state of Pará. It is the starting point for visitors who want to explore a set of paradise beaches surrounded by stunning landscapes.
Located on the banks of Tajapós River, with its clear waters and white sand, and surrounded by the vast Amazon Forest, Alter do Chão is an excellent choice for people who are planning to rest and simply enjoy nature.
There are several boat ride options that will get you to local beaches, rivers, lagoons, islands, forests, riverside communities, blackwater-flooded forests, and streams. When the river is ebbing, between the months of August and February, many islands are formed. On the other hand, when the water rises during the flood, visitors can enjoy boat rides along the river and through the forests.
A boat ride around Alter do Chão
Ilha do Amor (Love Island)
Located just opposite the village, it is one of the busiest and most popular beaches in Alter do Chão.
The beach has charming straw huts that are perfect for relaxing and the sunset is gorgeous from there.
Ponta das Pedras Beach
This is quite a long beach, and it has great infrastructure. Due to its rock formations, it looks considerably different from the other beaches around Alter do Chão.
Cururu Beach and Muretá Beach
Both places are visited by dozens of boats at the end of the afternoon. And all because the local sunset is a true spectacle, one of the most popular in the region.
Alter do Chão is undoubtedly an incredible place. The region was voted one of the most beautiful beach destinations in Brazil by British newspaper The Guardian. According to them, it is one of those places where visitors will have unforgettable experiences surrounded by stunning landscapes.
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The main airport for those who want to fly into the region is Santarém Airport (STM), which is located just 34 km from Alter do Chão.
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It is possible to get to Santarém from the cities of Manaus or Belém by boat. Departing from Manaus, it is a two-night trip. From Belém, it is a three-night trip.
In Santarém, there is a bus route to Alter do Chão in which buses depart every 30 minutes. The trip over the 38 km separating the cities is not recommended if you are carrying a lot of luggage.
One of the best ways to get around the village of Alter do Chão is on foot. The local inns and restaurants are very close to where the boats depart from, and some of the local beaches are close enough to walk.
A great option to visit the local beaches is to navigate the rivers. Tours can be done on boats, speedboats, or even in kayaks.
Taxis and Ridesharing Companies
Taking a taxi or using transport applications is one of the options for getting around the city more comfortably.
Personal Vehicles or Rentals
A good way to get around the city and to visit nearby destinations is to rent a car.
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The best time to visit Alter do Chão is during the summer period in the Amazon, which happens between the months of August and December, and visitors are able to enjoy the famous freshwater beaches.