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Restaurante Piracema

Considered by many to be the best restaurant in town, Piracema uses regional ingredients and flavors but serves dishes you'll find nowhere else. The signature dish is the peixe á Piracema, a spherical construction o…
Museum in Santarém

Museu Dica Frazão

Dona Dica Frazão has spent three-quarters of a century making clothing and fabrics from natural fibers, including grasses and wood pulp. Approaching 100 years old and lately confined to a wheelchair, she's still at …
Museum in Santarém

Museu de Santarém

Housed in a large yellow waterfront mansion, this museum is also known as the Centro Cultural João Fona, after the Pará artist who painted the frescoes on its interior walls. It features, among other things, an exce…
Brazilian in Santarém

Mirante Tapiocaria & Crepiocaria

You've seen tapioca at your hotel breakfast – those spongy white crepes served with butter – but never like the creations served at this popular outdoor kiosk. Run by the same family as Restaurante Piracema (one of …
Zoo in Santarém

ZooFIT

Enclosures are rather desultory at this animal rehabilitation center, but creatures are not intended to stay for long. Friendly guides lead interesting tours (one to two hours), with up-close viewing of pumas, manat…
Buffet in Santarém

Delicias Caseiras

Budget travelers rejoice: for just R$13 you can pile as much grub on your plate as humanly possible. Alas, main dishes are doled out by hairnetted ladies behind the warming trays, but portions are still generous and…
Buffet in Santarém

Restaurante O Mascote

The lunch buffet is tasty and good value, and the air-cooled dining room is a welcome respite on a hot day. The outdoor patio is ideal for dinner, which ranges from sandwiches and pizza to well-prepared fish plates,…
Pizza in Santarém

Massabor

Occupying a raised pier perched high over the water, this popular open-air restaurant opposite Praça do Pescador has nice breezes and views of the river, where you can often spot dolphins. The menu has mostly pizza …
Historic Site in Santarém

Belterra

Henry Ford briefly moved his Fordlândia operations here 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 tr…
Viewpoint in Santarém

Praça Mirante do Tapajós

This pleasant oval-shaped plaza and vista point has two open-air eateries and nice river views. An observation tower affords an even better view, including of Santarém's own 'meeting of the waters'. Look for a set o…