Alter Do Chao, Brazil
Alter do Chão On the banks of the Amazon tributary Tapajos River not far from Santarém, this town is known for the white sand beaches on Ilha do Amor just offshore that invite swimming and relaxing. It is also adjacent to the Lago Verde, a lagoon with plentiful wildlife, fish and vegetation that invites exploring by kayak, Zodiac or local boats, which can also take you to isolated Caboclo villages to investigate the lifestyle of these river folk. It also boasts a lovely church and one of the best art stores in the Amazon. Dolphins, pink and gray, often gather at the nearby Ponta da Cururu in the afternoon.