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Altér do Chão, Santarém - PA, Brazil

If you didn't know better and stumbled upon Alter do Chão, 32 kilometers (20 miles) west of Santarém, you'd be well within reason to think Eden was laid out before you. From Alter's riverside promenade, you can see the Ilha do Amor...

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Belterra, 105 kilometers (65 miles) south of Santarém, will blow your mind, especially if your mind is American. When Henry Ford's Fordlândia experiment bottomed out in 1945, the resident Americans moved north to Belterra, where the...

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Praça Avenida Adriano Pimentel,s/n ,Prainha - R. Adriano Pímentel, S/N - Prainha, Santarém - PA, 68005-270, Brazil

The walls of Santarém's municipal museum—housed inside a bright yellow 19th-century riverfront mansion (the third-oldest structure in town)—are covered with frescoes painted by Pará artist João Fona, from whom the...

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R. Floriano Peixoto, 281 - Centro, Santarém - PA, 68005-280, Brazil

It's a one-woman show at Museu Dica Frazão, where the museum's namesake, Dona Dica (pushing 100 years old!), has labored over her clothing creations in this home workshop for three-quarters of a century. Using natural fibers like tree bark,...

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If the jungle heat has you feeling a bit sluggish, visit this pleasant plaza, which offers stupendous river views over the Rio Tapajós from two open-air restaurants and an observation tower (from which you can see Santarém's "meeting...