Tapajós River, Brazil
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River of Tranquility
The Tapajós in Brazil, is a large river emptying into the Amazon River and is about 1200 miles long. The Tapajós region of the Amazon is home to a variety of animal and plant biodiversity as well as a dozen indigenous groups. It is one of the most beautiful and well-preserved areas of the Amazon and the region offers an exciting opportunity for adventure travelers. From the port city of Santarem, I took a river boat down the Tapajós stopping at various villages along the way. My favorite moments were at the end of the day, when the sun began to set. The soothing colors of the sky and tranquility of the river were quite special. What is unique about the Tapajos region are the three types of rivers in the Amazon basin: black, yellow, and the beautiful blue waters, each with its own ecosystem. The volume of water one encounters traveling in the basin especially during torrential rains is amazing. The beaches have beautiful sand, and waters that are warm and calm. Traveling by boat down the river, one can experience a blend of relaxing on beaches, visiting some villages, and light trekking. A popular and beautiful destination is a small beach village called Alter do Chão, where you can spend the day being lazy on a hammock and eating some very tasty local fish dishes. On the way back as you near Santarem by boat, with some luck, you may just see a pink Amazon river dolphin!
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