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Alter de Chao is a beach community situated near the city of Santarem. Blessed with powdery white sand beaches and sparkling blue waters, Alter do Chao boasts one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil. Nestled beneath two rolling green hills - one of the hills is shaped like a church altar – from which the area got its name. During your time here you can head to the ‘Centre for the Preservation of Indian Art houses' and view an extensive collection of native art from all over the Amazon Basin; hike into the tropical forest and explore the wildlife; or check out the town's green lake – which changes colour during the day from blue to green.
At Alter do Chao you'll find a flea market at the port selling local crafts and souvenirs. Although they're reasonably priced, still do a bit of haggling in order to get the best price possible. A great place to do some local shopping is in the main square of Alter do Chao. Popular purchases include hand-weaved souvenirs, jewellery, leather goods, beadwork and wood carvings. You'll also find a selection of local clothing and accessories.
The local currency is the Brazilian Real (BRL). Alter do Chao is 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT -5).
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