• Brazil
  • 4 Days

Alter do Chão: a Sensory Journey through the Amazon

  • Multi Destination Journey
  • Cultural Immersion
  • 4 days; 3 nights
  • 4 to 10 travelers
  • Begins & ends in Santarém
ALTER DO CHÃO Located in the town of Santarém in Pará, this small village with less than 7,000 inhabitants is world renowned for its warm and crystalline freshwater beaches, typical cuisine, unique craftsmanship, welcoming people and cultural and folkloric manifestations. Popularly known as the “Brazilian Caribbean” the place was once voted the most beautiful place in the world with a freshwater beach by the British newspaper The Guardian. THE EXPERIENCE Get ready for an unforgettable journey on the Tapajós and Arapiuns rivers in the Amazon. In addition to experiencing a little of the daily life at the largest forest on the planet, feeling its unique scents and listening to the most diverse and charming sounds, our proposal is that you not only visit the natural beauty, but also the history and diversity of people and traditions that bring this place to life.read more

At a Glance

Creature comforts


Physical activity


Ground support

fully guided


  • Rivers
  • Village Life


  • For all ages
  • Proficient english


  • Sailing
  • Wildlife
  • Digital detox
  • Indigenous culture

Your Local Expert

Marianne Costa

Mari turned thirty, yet still has the energy and optimism of a twenty-year old. She is the mother of Maria Luiza and an activist who supports women empowerment and entrepreneurship. She loves interacting with members of local communities, swapping stories and sharing knowledge. With experiences in Local Development, Associativism, Sustainable Tourism and Entrepreneurship, Marianne founded Vivejar after 10 years of in-depth experience.

The Journey

Day 1

Santarém / Boarding on Belle Amazon

Arrival at Santarém Airport and meet our driver who will be waiting to take you to the village of Alter do Chão (approximately 40 minutes by car), where our boat and staff will be ready to welcome you after 14h. After settling in, enjoy some free time for a first river bath on an almost exclusive beach and, at the end of the day, get ready to be enchanted by your first Amazon sunset! Overnight on board.read more

Day 2

Experience in Amazonas river communities

We start the day by sailing along the Jari Channel - a narrow arm of the Amazon River - and continue to the Arapuins River, where we learn about the Urucureá community's cooperative handicraft project, which uses tucumã straw (a typical fruit of the region) as material for the use on various types of crafts. In addition to discovering how colours are produced, straws are prepared etc we participate in a basket-making workshop, sitting in the shade of a rubber tree and listening to many local tales and stories. Late afternoon with free time to enjoy the freshwater beaches. Overnight on board.read more

Day 3

Rainforest Trail / Amazônia Flavours

We start the day with a forest trail (approx. 4h - easy), followed by a local driver who will introduce us to species of trees, plants, enchantments and secrets of the Amazon rainforest. In the afternoon, we visit the Atodi Community where, in addition to talking with the female leaders, we will be able to experience some of the activities performed by the community, such as the management and extraction of cassava products and the cultivation of stingless Brazilian bees for honey production. Free afternoon to rest on the beach. In the evening we will have a special dinner: Piracaia - traditional fish, roasted in the fire, on the beach in a very special setting. Overnight on board.read more

Day 4

Alter do Chão / Santarém

Breakfast on board navigating to Ponta do Cururu, where we dock for lunch. Before leaving, enjoy some more of the warm and clear waters of Alter and its boat or, for those who want to ensure another souvenir and contribute to local commerce and income distribution, this is the time to know the main regional and indigenous craft shops from the Amazon, in village. Transfer to the hotel or airport according to your itinerary.read more


  • Lodging

    03-day accommodation in air-conditioned cabin suites on Belle Amazon boat.

  • Meals

    Full board during navigation (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with drinks (mineral water, juices, soft drinks, beers and caipirinhas).

  • Transportation

    Transfers: Santarém Airport / Alter do Chão Village / Santarém Airport.

  • Experiences

    Activities and community visits mentioned in the program; Vivejar Host on board: a specialist follows all activities hosting you to local communities.

  • Travel insurance

  • Vivejar travel kit.

Not Included

  • Flight tickets to Santarém, Pará.

  • Other services or items not mentioned during the program description.

Join the Journey

Join a likeminded community of curious and active explorers

Nov 16th - Nov 19th, 2019
  • Triple

    Up to 3 travelers


    per person
  • Double

    Up to 2 travelers


    per person
Strict cancellation - No refunds for cancellations within 30 days of departure .

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