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Historic Site in Santarém

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 small grove of rubber trees and several green-and-white buildings, built for Ford managers; behind one (the Secretária de Educação) is a cement platform with river views. There's a water tower, with a still-working industrial whistle that used to summon the workers.

Buses ($3.50; 1hr) come and go every 30 to 60 minutes, until 9pm. Some guides, like Gil Serique and Big Tree Adventure Tours, may include a stop here.


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