Alter do Chao, Pará

Alter do Chao, Pará

Alter do Chão is a village town in the state of Pará, Brazil, only a short drive (45 minutes) from the Amazon port City of Santerem. Brazilian locals have vacationed here for many years, and more recently this beach town has been increasing in popularity amongst international tourists making trips along the Amazon River. Alter do Chaõ is no where as crowded as the beaches of Rio, but catch it soon because someday it may be.

The small beach village is located on the Tapajós river and next to Lago Verde. On the other side of the village, and between two calm bodies of water there is a sand bank, as seen in the photo above.  As the Amazon recedes in the Summer, tourists flock the sand bars and create a party on the beach. Alter do Chaõ is Brazil’s competition to the Caribbean, and the most picturesque scene, almost straight from a painting, nestled between the Amazon rainforest.

The local village has great fresh sea food! After a long day on the beach, treat yourself to fresh caught fish and some island drinks. Then mosey on over to one of the village’s pousadas (hotels) after and enjoy the rest of the night. It’s no surprise that people call the humid dense Amazon the “Green Inferno.” The warm winds, sexy surroundings and beautiful people will make you want to stay in this golden white sand paradise forever.

Where to stay: Pousada Tupaiulandia (+55 93 3527 1157, no website) is not very expensive and pretty quaint, like all places in Alter do Chao, but has a lot of character, and is really all that you need to relax and unwind.