"Santarem - Pearl of River Tapajos" Santarém by mircaskirca
Santarém Travel Guide: 18 reviews and 44 photos
Santarem, the third largest city of the Brazilian strech of the Amazon river, is located in the center, halfway between Manaus and Belem. The city is at the confluence of the aquamarine river Tapajos and the muddy waters of Amazon.
Formally the main village of the indigenous Tapajos Indians, it became a city in 1661 and today Santarem is the second largest town in the state of Para. Until recently, it was a somewhat secluded jungle city, with an economy based primarily on wild harvesting and fishing. The later history of Santarem was marked by the wood, then rubber and more recently minerals. The most noteworthy of these may have been Henry Ford. He left his mark on this country in the form of two rubber plantations - Fordlandia and Belterra. Today this laid-back city has a new boom on the horizon - soybeans.
Santarem-based trips can take you into a little-known part of the Amazon, with few foreign visitors, to places where the ecosystem is greatly different from those around Manaus and Belem. And one of the main reasons why people come to Santarem is certainly a visit to Alter do Chao, one of the pretiest fresh-water beaches of the Amazon.
There are two ways of getting to Santarem, by plane or by boat. The fastest and far more comfortable is by plane.... more travel advice
The meeting of the green-blue Tapajos river with the ochre-coloured waters of the Amazon, which flow alongside each... more travel advice
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