Brazil Travel: Santarem
Santarem in the state Para is home to 284,000 inhabitants the third major city in the Amazon region. It is located midway between Manaus and Belem at the confluence of the Rio Tapajos with the Amazon. About an hours flight, separates the city from the two big sisters. The river spans nearly a thousand kilometres long and is regularly travelled on by cargo vessels. Santarem was a settlement area of an Indian high culture and in the colonial period an important military post. The crafts of the local Indian tribes are on display at the ”Museu de Tapajos" and is definitely worth a visit. Just like in Manaus, you can observe the "Encontro das Aguas" (Meeting of the Waters) in Santarem as well. The clear green water of the Rio Tapajos flows for countless kilometres alongside the ocher of the Amazon, before they unite. Another worthwhile destination on your trip to Brazil is the fishing village Alter do Chao which is only a mere 23 kilometres away. Its white sandy beaches in the dry season are the best beaches around. Visitors can also marvel in the Amazon water lily "Victoria Regia", whose leaves can reach a diameter of two meters and can carry a child. Santarem maintains hot temperatures throughout the year, between 22-33 degrees Celsius. October and November are particularly attractive for sun worshippers with the highest temperatures, lots of sunshine and little rainfall. Between January and June falls the most rain.
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