Attractions

Top Choice Forest in Pará

Floresta Nacional do Tapajós

If you came to the Amazon to see primary rainforest, look no further than the Floresta Nacional do Tapajós. Wildlife is a possibility – from birds to primates and even the (very) occasional jaguar – but it's the sen…
Top Choice Lake in Santarém

Lago Maicá

The floodplains east and southeast of Santarém are one of the Amazon's most rewarding excursions. Flooded for much of the year, it's home to fabulous birdlife (including toucans and macaws), pink dolphins, howler mo…
Top Choice Market in Belém

Mercado Ver-o-Peso

The name of this waterfront market, with its iconic four-turreted structure at its southwestern end, comes from colonial times, when the Portuguese would ver o peso (check the weight) of merchandise in order to impo…
Top Choice Market in Belém

Estação das Docas

An ambitious renovation project converted three down-at-the-heels riverfront warehouses into a popular gathering spot, with restaurants, bars, shops and even an art-house theater. There are river views and displays …
Historic Site in Santarém

Belterra

Henry Ford briefly moved his Fordlândia operations to this tidy little town in the 1940s and this site, 40km from Santarém, makes for an easy day trip. There's a small museum of Ford-era photos and artifacts, a smal…
National Park in Pará

Parque Nacional da Amazônia

This large (9940 sq km) Amazonian rain-forest national park lies west of the town of Itaituba (population 65,000), which is 250km southwest of Santarém. To visit, you must obtain prior permission from the IBAMA offi…
Church in Belém

Basílica Santuario de Nazaré

Rather humdrum from the outside, the Basílica Santuario de Nazaré has a truly spectacular interior. Sink into a cushioned pew and admire the soaring marble columns, brilliant stained-glass windows and ornate wood an…
Beach in Soure

Praia de Araruna

Praia de Araruna is a narrow, virtually deserted beach with mangrove stands and separated from Praia Barra Velha by a wide tidal channel. High tide can reduce the shoreline significantly, but it's a pleasant spot an…
Beach in Alter do Chão

Ilha do Amor

A small slice of paradise just offshore from Alter do Chão, the 'Island of Love' is especially striking when the water is low (August to December) and beach restaurants and cool, calm water make it a great place to …
Lake in Alter do Chão

Lago Verde

This huge three-fingered lake is surrounded by forest and has places to swim, snorkel with fish and spot wildlife (including a resident family of monkeys). Tour agencies do good boat tours (per person R$50 to R$75, …