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Santarem, 12-15 October

Short flight from Belem, arriving at the very small Santarem airport at after 01h00. Not the best time to be arriving ... but found the airport panarama viewing area (!), which atayed open all night, and sat it out until the morning. Bus into town at 07h00. Found decent hotel.

Santarem is the third largest city on the Brazilian Amazon (around 200k), but gives the impression of a pleasant small towm. The waterfront is just opposite where the muddy coloured Amazon flows into the deep coloured Tipajos. This provided a wide and beautiful panorama - made all the more lovely by the presence of a number of river dolphins.

On day 2 we decided that we would like to take a boat trip on the river - but needed another couple to make up the minimum number. Just at that time the (practically) only other travellers we have come across - an Anglo/Canadian couple at our hotel in Belem - turned up wanting to do the same thing. Excellent trip right across the river: to lagoon with lots of birds and some typical habitation, then trying to get the boat close to dolphins and finally to the actual spot where the waters meet (impressive and quite rough - life jackets supplied!).

Santarem is very pleasant down by the water front in the evenings. Different (good) singer + guitar in the local resto (outside) each night, good food, and finally to the pontoon over the river for a glass of caipirinha in the night breeze.

Around 30k´s from Santarem is Alter do Chao. Check the photos! Is it the Caribbean? No, its a beach spot half way up the Amazon! Fabulous location for the day (in our case) or longer. Swimming not quite as pleasant as the Caribbean (water a bit green!), but still had a swim or two. Beautiful spot.

Definitely recommend Santarem + Alter do Chao for a stop between Belem and Manaus.

Santarem - River 1

Santarem - River 1


Santarem - Spot the dolphin!

Santarem - Spot the dolphin!


Santorem - Panorama - Amazon meets Top

Santorem - Panorama - Amazon meets Top


Santarem - Boats

Santarem - Boats


Santarem River 2

Santarem River 2


Santarem River 3

Santarem River 3


Santarem - Santorem Palace hotel room

Santarem - Santorem Palace hotel room


Santarem - Trip on the river 1

Santarem - Trip on the river 1


Santarem Trip on the river 2

Santarem Trip on the river 2


SantoremTrip on the river 3

SantoremTrip on the river 3


SantoremTrip on the river 4

SantoremTrip on the river 4


Santarem - Boat trip - Amazon meets Topajos

Santarem - Boat trip - Amazon meets Topajos


Alter de Chao 1

Alter de Chao 1


Alter de Chao 2

Alter de Chao 2


Alter de Chao 3

Alter de Chao 3


Alter de Chao 4

Alter de Chao 4


Alter de Chao 5

Alter de Chao 5


Alter de Chao 6

Alter de Chao 6


Alter de Chao 7

Alter de Chao 7

Posted by Lindseyalan73 17:00 Archived in Brazil

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