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Apr 6, 2014 - April 6, 2014 – Alter do Chao, Brazil

April 6, 2014 – Alter do Chao, Brazil Today we are at Alter do Chao which is a city of about 1,000. It is located on a bay in the Tapajos River. 2 hills overlook the city with one being in the shape of a church altar which gives the city its name. A sandbar directly in front of the town forms a white-sand island known as Ilha do Amor (Island of Love). We never saw it because it is under water from the floods of the rainy season. The island is best seen when the water is low usually from June to December. In the dry season, you can access it...

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Apr 5, 2014 - April 5, 2014 – Aboard Regatta on the Amazon River

April 5, 2014 – Aboard Regatta on the Amazon River Today, the water is muddy outside our windows. There are still a few patches of blue, but mostly it is muddy. There is all kind of debris floating in the water. We entered the mouth of the Amazon about 9 this morning although it looks like we are still at sea as the land is visible only on the horizon. This morning’s lecture was about the People, Issues and Threats to the Amazon River. In 1500 Brazil had 3-5 million Indians. In 2010, they had only about 897,000. Only 2 states don’t have...

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Apr 4, 2014 - April 4, 2014 – Aboard Regatta heading for the Mouth of the Amazon

April 4, 2014 – Aboard Regatta heading for the Mouth of the Amazon Today is a day for relaxing. We started the morning with an Introduction to the Amazon. I won’t try to cover it all, but here are a few facts: • The Amazon Basin is 2,700,000 square miles and contains 2.1 million miles of rain forest • There are 390,000,000 trees divided in 16,000 species • Half of the dust to fertilize the Basin comes from Africa – 50,000,000 tons per year • It has the highest diversity of plant species on earth • It is estimated there are 438,0000 species...

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Oct 21, 2012 - Alter do Chão

Depuis Santarem, nous sommes allés directement à Alter do Chão, un village à 45 minutes de bus. On est au milieu de l'Amazonie, mais on se croirait plutôt dans les caraïbes. Le village est très relax, pas trop touristique et les plages du rio Tapajós sont magnifiques. Nous sommes restés là une semaine à nous reposer, aller à la plage, se balader dans le village. C'était très sympa car plusieurs personnes du bateau se sont arrêtées ici alors on se sentait un peu comme chez nous, on croisait partout des gens que l'on connaissait. Nous sommes...

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Nov 12, 2011 - Alter do Chao

Hi all! Sorry it´s been a while since my last entry, but it´s all been fairly interesting since I left Manaus. Last Monday (7th) I caught the boat from Manaus to Santarem. A 30 hour trip down the Rio Amazonas. Fortunately a Spanish girl - Espita - from my hostel and a Belgian couple - Katlina and Johann - who I met in Bonito were also on the same boat. Although there are cabins on the boat the best way to experience the trip is in a hammock with all the locals. Unsurprisingly it does get rather crowded as everyone jostles for enough space....

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Aug 14, 2011 - Alter do Chao, a much needed get away.

Well, we are back here in Manaus, but have spent the last week trying our best to run away from it. Last Saturday we went into action and found ourselves a boat that would take us roughly 1/4 further down the Amazon to a place called Santarem, the gateway for our destination - Alter do Chao. The boat was only 1 1/2 days long but we went for hammocks this time, feeling a little better in Brazilian company. It was considerably hotter without air con AND they made us pay for the food, what a let down. It got us there so no worries. Much like...

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Jan 12, 2010 - Alter do Chao, Brazil

We arrived safe in sound to Alter do Chao after our hellish trip down the Amazon. Alter do Chao is a one hour bus ride from where the boat stops, at Santarem. Alter do Chao is known as being the `Caribbean of the Amazon`. We weren`t sure how Caribbean like it would actually be, but anywhere would be great after the boat ride. We found a place to stay and walked around the town and it was great. It was very small with dirt streets, and was very laid back and quiet. The beach was beautiful. It was a large arrowhead of sand pointing out from...

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Aug 23, 2008 - A Taste of the Amazon...

August 23-27 Although the Amazon region isn't too far from our previous destination, Forteleza, it took 3 mini stops to arrive by plane. We landed in the city of Santareem and quickly hopped on a local bus into the teeny-tiny town of Alter do Chao where we spent the next 3 days. One word to describe the Amazonian region would have to be "tranquilla" - everything is calm, simple and natural! It's quite eye-opening to see this side of life - everyone should get a taste at least once. It is super HOT, there are trees + vegetation growing...

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Nov 30, 2007 - Beautiful Altar do Chao

Altar do Chao is a beautiful riverside beach town close to Santarem in the middle of the Amazon. As we walked into town we saw the stunning beach on Ilha de Amor (Love Island). It is more beautiful than any seaside beach we have ever seen. You can simply walk across the gentle river Tapajos and you would be in Paradise. We loved it, the people were friendly, we had the beautiful beach, lovely forests and a great two storey cabin surrounded by trees at a friendly hostel. We stayed here longer than expected because Tara ate a bad fish and was...

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