A survey named Alter do Chão, in the state of Pará, as one of the 10 best places to travel in 2019

The study of trends showed which will be the best destinations to take a vacation in 2019, among them, a small village located in the municipality of Santarém, in Pará, called Alter do Chão.

The paradisiacal village was chosen as one of the great bets for tourism this year. The complete selection, promoted by the column Travel of the newspaper “O Estado de S. Paulo”, was curated by 32 jury experts in travel, including bloggers, newspaper columnists, tourism entrepreneurs and ardent travelers.

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in the election Best Destinations for 2019, some other places in the world were also nominated, such as the city of Porto, in Portugal and in the “countries” category, some names such as Peru, Croatia, Egypt and Iceland, are among the most quoted for the 2019 ranking.

In Brazil, the main destinations were: Maranhão sheets (4th place), Alter do Chão (8th place) and Ceará (10th place). Other national destinations also appear in the selection, such as Jalapão (TO), Capitólio (MG) and Guararema (SP).

Amazon Caribbean among the 10 best destinations for 2019

Alter do Chão is one of the great gems of the Rota dos Rios, a route that crosses part of the Amazon Forest aboard regional boats, which travel through the river “streets” and “avenues” that cross the North of Brazil. Nicknamed the Amazonian Caribbean, this small town gained international fame after a publication in the English newspaper The Guardian, putting Alter do Chão on the route of travelers who want to discover a paradisiacal side of the Amazon.

The village is also a stopping point for backpackers who are traveling by boat through the two largest capitals in the North region. The municipality of Santarém is located between Belém, capital of Pará and Manaus, capital of Amazonas, serving as a strategic stop for those traveling through the region.

For those who are not excited about long boat trips, the municipality of Santarém also has its own airport that receives domestic flights. Santarém International Airport – Maestro Wilson Fonseca is located about 35 minutes from the village of Alter do Chão.

Beauties of the Tapajós River and the Alter do Chão Aquifer

The comparison with the Caribbean beaches is due to the immense rivers and springs of crystalline waters, all suitable for unforgettable bathing. The channels, streams, lagoons and rivers form small beaches of fresh water and varied characteristics, in a preserved scenario with little human impact.

Few people know, but the Alter do Chão Aquifer is three times larger than the Guarani Aquifer, located in the Southeast region, previously considered the largest in Brazil. With colossal dimensions, this has become one of the largest natural reserves of fresh water in the world, passing through the states of Pará, Amazonas and Amapá.

Alter do Chão is surrounded by freshwater beaches and beautiful rivers. Photo: Gustavo Albano

Aerial view of Ilha do Amor, in Alter do Chão, during the flood of the rivers. Photo: Gustavo Albano

Alter do Chão in the period that begins the ebb of the rivers. Photo: Gustavo Albano

Alter do Chão, one of the great surprises of the Tapajós River. Photo: Gustavo Albano

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