• Brazil
  • 4 Days

Alter do Chão: a Sensory Journey through the Amazon

  • Basecamp Retreat
  • Cultural Immersion
  • 4 days; 3 nights
  • 4 to 10 travelers
  • Begins & ends in Santarém
A new vision of the Rainforest. Explore the Amazon sailing for 4 days through the Tapajós and Arapiuns rivers, visiting all the natural beauties, history and local culture of Alter do Chão, in Pará State. Alter do Chão is located on the right bank of the Tapajós River, about 32 km from the city of Santarém. Known as the “Brazilian Caribbean”, anyone who visits the region has the feeling of having found a true Amazonian paradise! Here, little villages, sandy white beaches, crystal-clear bays, flooded forests and centenary trees make up the local scenery. The riverside communities, which turn towards tourism as an alternative source of income, enjoy immersing visitors into their unique way of life. Navigating the channels of the Amazon River is a breathtaking and enticing experience! During the dry season, you will encounter the green clear Tapajós River water with extensive fine white sandbanks and the crystal clear water of the Arapiuns River with several almost deserted beaches. Besides the region’s exuberant nature, the riverside communities invite visitors to taste the many local flavours and experience the authenticity of their culture and 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

The host welcomes you at Santarém Airport and take you to the Village of Alter do Chão – approximately 40 minutes by private car. At the village, get on board of Belle Amazon (or similar boat), our crew are waiting for you. From now on, we take care of everything! Enjoy the first bath at the river, take some time to know the village and get ready for the end of the day on board. The sunset is a wonderful natural show! . Reception at the Airport and Transfer to the Villa . Free time at Alter do Chão Village . Boarding on Belle Amazon . Late afternoon sailing through the Tapajós Riverread more

Day 2

Experience in Amazonas river communities

In the morning we sail along the Jari river channel and to the Arapiuns River, where we visit the community of Urucureá and the handcraft cooperative that uses the straw of the tucumã, typical fruit of the region. There will also be a handicraft basket workshops and how they are produced. The colours, the straws, the shapes... It will be happening in the shade of a rubber tree. A good chat which always ends in curious stories. For the evening, we will have a special dinner: a piracaia, traditional roasted fish on the beach with a very special view. . Handcraft Workshop . Interaction with the local population . Visiting the Handcraft Cooperative . Free time to enjoy the nature . Special Dinnerread more

Day 3

Rainforest Trail / Amazônia Flavours

The third day begins with a beautiful trail through the primary forest, led by a local guide who will present species of trees and plants. The trail, known as “Caminhada dos Castanheiros”, lasts from 4 to 5 hours and is made in moderate pace. After a time to rest, we visit the production process of food derived from the cassava root which is fundamental for the local diet. Letting us know what the tucupi is, where the tapioca comes from and why flours have different flavours. Finally, time to rest and enjoy the beautiful beaches of the Brazilian Caribe.read more

Day 4

Alter do Chão / Santarém

We go back to Alter do Chão village. Before you leave, take some time to visit the famous Island of Love “Ilha do amor” beach, or canoeing by the green lake, or for those who want to take a gift from the trip, this is the time to go to the regional and indigenous crafts store of the Amazon. We will have lunch on board and, according to the time of your flight, transfer to the airport. See you on our next adventure!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.

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