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• Santarém


Popularly called the "Pearl of the Tapajos River", Santarem is the largest city in the Western area of the State of Para, and its second most important city. With origins that go back to the great indigenous nation of the Tapajos, the city is located on the margins of that river. It is surrounded by forests, "agapes" (flooded wood areas), and many ponds and "igarapes" (small river lagoons formed by running, crystalline water), and all this only a few minutes away from the town centre. In Vila de Alter-do-Chao, a small neighbouring town, river beaches are formed during low water season (from August to December). One of the local attractions is the encounter of the Tapajos and the Amazon rivers, whose waters do not "mix". This spectacle can be seen from the very entrance to the town. On one side, the greenish-blue waters of the Tapajos River and, on the other side, the muddy waters of the great Amazon River.

With a weather profile different from other areas in the State of Para, this city has a dominant dry season, compensated by abundant rains in the remaining season. This ensures the formation of dense forests surrounding Santarem, and offering a great potential for the woodcutting industry.

How to get there
By Plane: daily, direct and connection flights, with an approximate duration of 1 hour, on Boeing 737 airplanes, via the International Airport of Belem, or on smaller planes from Brasilia, in connection flights.
By Car/Bus: There is access from Belem, along the BR-316 Federal Highway, and PA-140, PA-151, PA-256, PA-150, PA-263, BR-422, BR-230 (the famous Trans-Amazon highway) State Highways and the BR-163 (the Santarem-Cuiaba Federal Highway). Surrounded by unpaved roads, Santarem is quite isolated during the rainy season (Dec/May). During that period, access is available only by boat or by plane.
By Boat: By small and medium size boats, travelling along the Amazon River, with an approximate duration of 60 hours. Navigation companies Alves & Rodrigues and A.R. Transportes connect Santarem with other cities, on a regular basis.

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