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Alter do Chão

Alter do Chão (Brazil)

Practical information about Alter do Chão

  • Family
  • Relaxation
  • Romantic
  • Beach / Seaside Resort
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Island
  • River
3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
45 minutes by car from Santarem
When to go
From June to December
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Alter do Chão

Delphine Teisserenc Travel writer
58 travel articles

Located not far from Santarem, Alter do Chão is a small, riverside town that simply invites rest and relaxation.

My suggestion:
Travelers looking for peace and tranquility should go to Alter do Chão during the week or out of season as this little corner of paradise quickly gets busy at the weekend in the period from June to December. 

A popular place with Santarem residents, Alter do Chão is famous for its "Lagoa verde" (green lagoon), which, from June to December, when the river is at its lowest, takes on a turquoise color, with the low water exposing gorgeous white sandy beaches.

I went there after spending time at the heart of the Amazon rainforest, which made my visit to Alter do Chão all the more relaxing and refreshing. What a joy it is to bask on the beaches along the river. I recommend sitting at one of the numerous tables set out on the bank to enjoy some of the local dishes. 

I took a short boat trip across the lagoon to reach the island of Ilha do Amor. After a quick spot of bathing in the river, I watched the sunset reflecting of its surface, revealing astonishing colors.

Surrounded by Amazonian rainforest as it is, Alter do Chão is also the ideal place for day excursions exploring the Brazilian jungle.  Don't be afraid to call on the services of a local guide, who will be able to reveal all the mysteries of the jungle to you.

Alter do Chão
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