Enclosures are rather desultory at this rehabilitation center, but the animals are not intended to stay for long. Affable guides lead interesting tours (one to two hours), with up-close viewing of pumas, manatees, macaws and more, and occasionally a chance to hold or feed them. It's especially fun for kids. Reachable by taxi or bus.

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1. Igreja Matriz

3.12 MILES

Facing Praça da Matriz, the city's pretty blue-painted church dates from 1761. Its predecessor church, made of palm fronds in 1661, was Santarém's first…

2. Museu de História e Arte Sacra

3.13 MILES

This modest museum has exhibits on Santarém's history and several artifacts related to the Cirio de Nazaré, the massive religious celebration held every…

3. Church

3.22 MILES

A local church that serves as something of a minor local landmark in the city center.

4. Museu Dica Frazão

3.23 MILES

Dona Dica Frazão spent three-quarters of a century making clothing and fabrics from natural fibers, including grasses and wood pulp. She died aged 96 in…

5. Praça Mirante do Tapajós


This pleasant oval-shaped plaza and viewpoint has two open-air food stalls and good river views. An observation tower affords an even better view,…

6. Museu de Santarém

3.31 MILES

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…

7. Lago Verde

15.29 MILES

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)…

8. Ilha do Amor

15.41 MILES

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