Brazil Destinations, Santarém

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Santarém is a municipality in the state of Pará in Brazil and it is a popular location for tourism. It is the
second most important city in the state and the financial and economic center of the western part of
the state. It is the head of the Santarém Metropolitan Area, which is made by Santarém, Belterra and
Mojuí dos Campos. It was once home to the Tapajós Indians, a tribe of Native Americans after which
the river was named, and the leaders of a large, agricultural chiefdom that flourished before the
arrival of Europeans. The Brazilian city is the home to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Santarém. It is
located 500 miles from both the largest cities in the Amazon, Manaus, and the state capital Belém.
Santarém has an estimated population of 299.419 people, being the third most populous city of the
state.
Situated at the junction of the rivers Amazon and Tapajós, Santarém usually the basis for those
visiting the Alter do Chão district (38 km from the center). The nicest leisure area is city’s boardwalk
waterfront, home to the Tourist Terminal Fluvial. There you can buy handicrafts and hire boat trips
(like the one that goes to the meeting of the rivers). The pier has tables, assembled by cafeterias,
which are great to enjoy the sunset.
Santarem is the main city in western Pará. Known as the “Pearl of the Tapajós”, the municipality is
located in an area with more than 24 thousand square meters, 850 km far from Belem and is one of
the strongest tourist powers of Pará.
Just outside the city you can see the first of several spectacles of nature in the region: the meeting of
the rivers that do not mix. On the one hand the Amazon, with its muddy waters and on the other the
Tapajós with the blue­green waters.
Because of the clear waters of the Tapajós, the city has 1992 kilometers of exotic and pristine
beaches that look like a sea. This is the case of Alter­do­Chão, known as “Amazon Caribbean”. There
is the scene of most folkloric manifestation in the region, the Çairé, which attracts tourists worldwide.
In the months ranging from March to August, some beaches come to disappear, because full of
rivers, but the rest of the year, resurface with white and powdery sand, some easily accessible, others
completely isolated. Among the best known are: Alter­do­Chão, Ponta do Cururu , Ponta das Pedras,
Jutuba, Caraparanaí, Pajuçara, Araria, Maria José, Salvacao and Maracana.

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