9:39pm April 20, 2013

Alter do Chão - Santarém - Pará

It may seem counterintuitive to seek out a beach 700km up the Amazon, but Alter do Chão is worth the cruise. An hour’s taxi from the riverside city of Santarém and enclosed by rainforest, it’s a sandbank ringed by a blindingly white beach, where alfresco restaurants serve grilled tambaqui fish and ice-cold beers.

The best time to come is during the dry season (June to December) when the river recedes and the island gets bigger.
• The 24 rooms at the Beloalter Hotel (, doubles from £56 B&B) are basic but the wooded setting and wildlife are big pluses.

Source: Viaje - The Guardian

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