Welcome to Santarém
Santarém is a very worthwhile stop-off between Manaus and Belém. Although a bit gritty, it has a great tour operator and the waterfront promenade, breezy parks, and several good restaurants and sights. And just a short bus ride away is Alter do Chão, a cool little town with white-sand river beaches and a laid-back backpacker vibe. Both Santarém and Alter do Chão provide easy access to the Floresta Nacional (FLONA) do Tapajós and other jungle and river areas, with great hiking, canoeing, wildlife spotting and visits to local communities. And this area is steeped in history, from ancient petroglyphs in nearby Monte Alegre to the boom and bust of Amazonian rubber.