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Alter do Chão

Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

Stingrays are a concern in shallow areas of Ilha do Amor, Lago Verde and in the river. One of their nicknames is ‘Wish-You-Were-Dead Fish’ which indicates the painfulness of their sting. Fortunately, rays are very skittish and prefer muddy areas over sandy ones, which means they’re fairly uncommon in busy areas of Ilha do Amor. That said, always shuffle your feet when entering and exiting the water – this will kick up a cloud of sand in front of you and scare rays away. You can also use a long reed or stick to poke the sand in front of you. They only sting when stepped on, so a little caution goes a long way. Be especially alert in the morning and afternoon, and any in shallow areas that don’t commonly have swimmers.