Things to do in Alter do Chão

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Manaus to Santarém: 36-Hour Ferry on the Amazon

1. Manaus to Santarém: 36-Hour Ferry on the Amazon

Utilize the mode of transportation used most by locals and hop on a boat going down the Amazon. After pickup from your accommodation in Manaus, you’ll head down to the dock for your 36-hour journey to Santarém. Choose between options to stay on a hammock, or upgrade to a private, 2-person cabin with air conditioning and a private bathroom. Gaze out across the mighty Amazon as you float down the river during your voyage. Look out for unique flora and fauna. Once you arrive in Santarém, stay in town, or select transportation to Alter do Chão.

Alter do Chão: Arapiuns River and Urucureá Village Boat Tour

2. Alter do Chão: Arapiuns River and Urucureá Village Boat Tour

Embark on a full-day boat journey across the Arapiuns River and let your guide introduce you to the rich culture of the Urucureá people and the incredible nature that surrounds this Amazonian destination. Meet your group and leave Alter do Chão heading north, passing by the Piranhas Lake. Do a photo stop at Ponta do Cururu, and then start the crossing trough Tapajós River, passing through the Vila Franca community and entering the Arapiuns River. On the Arapiuns River visit the Urucureá riverside village, a wonderful cove, which is subdivided into three arms of water, providing a unique view. See the picturesque church, and pay a visit to a local house where you will witness the talent of the native ladies in handcrafted pieces made with mastery. See the preparation and making of handicrafts — a true cultural show — and receive valuable knowledge about the arts and history of the Arapiuns River. During lunchtime, taste the Amazon with a meal prepared by a local, with fresh fish, free-range chicken, and sometimes meat. After lunch, relax laying on a hammock, enjoying the breeze. Continue the tour along the rocky banks of the Arapiuns River to your next stop, the fascinating Ponta do Toronó and Grande Lake. Walk over sand dunes that stretch for meters and divide the Arapiuns River into a large lake, with dozens of birds flying over and porpoises showing their fins.  Enjoy a picnic with fresh fruits such as watermelon, pineapple, banana, passion fruit, orange, apple, and coconut. This is a very good place for photos and to swim in crystal clear waters.  At the end of the tour, head to Ponta do Icuxi to see the sunset. After gazing at the sunset, return to Alter do Chão, cruising under a clear and starry sky.

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Overall rating

2.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Very nice outing, we docked at several ports. For water lovers, I recommend, it's very soothing. Only downside, the boat left 2 hours late, this is apparently often the case but it's good to know. The room has the minimum, a double bed, a single bed on the mezzanine, a mini fridge to store your provisions, and a bathroom with a toilet and a shower. There is also air conditioning. It was a good experience. Taxi from the hotel to the port included, with accompaniment to the boat, and taxi from the port of arrival to the hotel also included. I recommend.