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Introducing Alter do Chão

Alter do Chão, 33km west of Santarém, is best known for a picturesque white-sand island, known as Ilha do Amor (Island of Love), directly in front of town. The island is especially striking when the water is low (August to December) and beach restaurants and cool calm water make it a great place to chill out.

But Alter do Chão is much more than a beach town – it's a true Amazonian destination. The town is located at the entrance to a huge lagoon, Lago Verde, which is home to myriad animals and can be explored by canoe or stand-up paddle. Even more impressive are Floresta Nacional (FLONA) do Tapajós and the lesser-known Rio Arapiuns, reachable on tours of one day or several, arranged in Alter do Chão. And don’t miss Arariba, one of the best indigenous art stores in the Amazon region.