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Alter Do Chao's See, Eat and Shop

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Here's an otherworldly adventure: Take a boat to the end of the Lagoa Verde, then transfer to a canoe—the only craft small enough to navigate the narrow and surreal waterways of the Enchanted Forest. Known as an ...

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Altér do Chão, Santarém - PA, Brazil

Be sure to visit Ilha do Amor Beach, the most famous local site. Basically a party on a sand spit, this oblong expanse is accessible by ferry service (a euphemism for local guys who canoe passengers over and back) or simply by wading. If you...

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Another aspect of Alter do Chão that may remind you of the Caribbean: Stand-up paddleboards are a common sight on the Rio Tapajós and Lagoa Verde, the two main bodies of water here. The river and lagoon are both tranquil, which...

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Hike up Serra Piroca, the small mountain that looms over Ilha do Amor, for the best views in town. Yes, the hike is strenuous, but with a commitment of only 45 minutes to an hour, it's relatively short. And your muscles will forgive you once...

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Rua 15 de Agosto, 163 - Centro, Santarém - PA, 68005-540, Brazil

Visit the Santa Lucia Arboretum to see more than 200 species of Amazonian trees, most famous among them the rubber tree, the sap of which was the catalyst for one of the biggest booms in Brazil's history. You'll learn...

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Tv. Antônio Agostinho Lobato, Santarém - PA, Brazil

Though its exterior—featuring a miniature-golf-style statue of a local chief—may not signal the height of good taste, Restaurante Tribal’s food certainly does. Two blocks off the plaza, this quiet, spacious...

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Tv. Antônio Agostinho Lobato, Santarém - PA, Brazil

One of the tastiest results of Alter do Chão's latter-day hippie vibe is Siria, a vegetarian restaurant so good that plenty of omnivores patronize it. The soups, salads and juices are phenomenally fresh, as are the breezes you can enjoy...

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Rua Dom Macedo Costa - s/n, Santarém - PA, 68109-000, Brazil

If you can't find a particular Amazonian craft at Araribá Cultura Indígena, chances are it's nowhere to be found. This shop boasts the region's most extensive collection of authentic indigenous art—ceramics, textiles, masks,...

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Tv. Copacabana, Santarém - PA, Brazil

The rain forest is teeming with natural beautifiers, and Semente is the best place to score a few for yourself. This sweet little apothecary—appropriately frescoed with images of free-floating leaves—sells sustainably produced local...