Alter do Chão is a village 33km west from the Amazon port City of Santerem along one of the only roads in the state of Para, Brazil. Alter do Chão has for many years been a popular tourist destination for locals and with increasing numbers of tourists making trips along the Amazon River this village is becoming a well-known international destination.
Alter do Chao is set on a beautiful bay in the Rio Tapajos overlooked by two easily climbable hills, one the shape of a church altar, giving the place its name. Most of the year the bay is fringed by white sand beaches, which combine with the deep blue of the Tapajos to give it a Mediterranean look. In the dry season a sandbank in the middle of the bay is accessible either by wading or by canoe, and simple stalls provide the fried fish and chilled beer essential to the full enjoyment of the scene.
Things to see and do
* Indian art Museum
* View of the meeting of the Tapajos and Amazon rivers
Cruise Season - Jan - Dec
Currency - Real (R$) (BRL)
Language - Portuguese
Population - 1344 approx
Electricity - 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style
Time - GMT minus four hours
International Country Telephone Code - + 55
Port Location - The port is located on the Amazon river in the city of Santarem.
Transport Links - It is a 45 minute bus ride from Santerem to Alter do Chao and one or more hours by boat.