Alter do Chão on Board

THE DESTINATION

barco belle amazon navegando no rio tapajós em alter do chão

Barco Belle Amazon

If you grab a map of Brazil you will find the village Alter do Chão, located in the small municipality of Santarém in Pará, just by a tight curve of the Amazon River, between lakes and streams and at the mouth of the Tapajós river. Surrounded by beaches with warm and crystalline waters it has been listed several times in international newspapers and magazines, as the most beautiful freshwater beach in the world. The small village of Alter do Chão is also renowned for its typically Amazonian cuisine, its unique handicrafts, its cultural and folkloric manifestations, in addition to the welcoming hospitality of its people. This is where our sensorial journey will begin!

THE EXPERIENCE

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Navigating the Tapajós and Arapiuns river in the dense forest, irresistibly seductive, mysterious and gigantic, we transport ourselves to a rare universe of visual and olfactory sensations. Where it is possible to observe the biological richness of the largest tropical forest in the world, to smell the aroma of Amazonian fruits, to see the sky create formations of birds and to hear the trees rustling in the wind. You will also have the chance to get to know the riverside communities. Allow yourself to be enchanted by their stories narrating the mysteries and legends of the Amazon.

Highlights

  • Planned departures for 2021
    • 18th – 21th of March
    • 3rd – 6th of June
    • 4th – 7th of September
  • Forest walks
  • Sunset watching
  • Swim at spectacular beaches by the river
  • Diner on the special beach Piracaia
  • Learn the process of making traditional farinha made from cassava
  • Experiences filled with flavors from Amazonian spices
  • Accompanied by a Vivejar host

Itinerary

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN SANTARÉM / ALTER DO CHÃO (J)

Arrive at the airport in Santarém and meet the driver who will be waiting to accompany you to the village of Alter do Chão (approximately 40 minutes by car), where our boat and crew will be ready to welcome you after 2pm. After settling in, enjoy your free time for a first swim in an almost exclusive beach and, at the end of the day, get ready to be enchanted by the first Amazonian sunset! Overnight stay on board.

DAY 2 - FOREST WALK (C, A, J)

We wake up to the morning sound of the forest, already in the waters of the Arapiuns River. After breakfast on board, we will prepare for a trail through the native forest, accompanied by a local driver who will introduce us to some of the rich Amazonian flora. At the end, a relaxing bath in the stream of crystalline and cold water awaits us! In the afternoon, after having lunch and recovering the energy spent on the trail, we will continue sailing towards a nice sandy beach. Take the opportunity to relax and enjoy this Amazonian paradise. In the evening you have the opportunity to taste a special dinner prepared with great care by our team with the best of Pará cuisine. Before going to sleep, be sure to climb up to the deck and spend a few minutes watching the starry sky and the sounds of the forest.

DAY 3- FOOD FROM THE AMAZON: THE PRODUCTION OF FLOUR (C, A, J)

On this day we will visit a typical “flour house” and the production process of food derived from cassava, an essential product for the populations of the Amazon. It is an ancient knowledge found throughout the northern region. Our last afternoon will be on another beautiful beach on the edge of Arapiuns. In the evening, get ready for our special farewell dinner! We will make a traditional piracaia: grilled fish on the beach in a very special setting! Get ready! Overnight stay on board.

DAY 4 - ALTER DO CHÃO / SANTARÉM (C, A)

Enjoy your breakfast while the boat is heading towards Ponta do Cururu, where we will dock and eventually have lunch. Before leaving, enjoy a little more of the warm and clear waters of Alter do Chão or, for those who want to guarantee another souvenir and contribute to the local commerce and income distribution, this is the time to visit the indigenous handicraft stores in the village. Transfer to the hotel or airport, according to your itinerary.

Important Information

INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE

  • Transfers between Airport – Alter do Chão
  • Exclusive vehicle for the group
  • Hosted by a Vivejar guide
  • 3 overnight stays on the Pajé Boat (Cabin)
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trip
  • Fruit, snacks and drinks (water, juice, soft drink, beer and caipirinha) on the boat
  • Experiences, workshops, and tours as described in the itinerary
  • Entrance and preservation fees
  • Travel insurance

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE

  • Flight tickets
  • Personal expenses
  • Items not specified above
  1. With less than 6 passengers, we may occasionally replace the vessel with a smaller one however, maintaining the same structure, characteristics and comfort.

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