This tour will give you an insight into the charm and history of Santarem, known to the locals as ‘Pearl of the Tapajos’.
Your tour begins with a visit to the Santarem Museum building which, since its inauguration in 1868, has been used for several different purposes, including a courthouse, prison and city hall. Today, as a museum, its archives feature indigenous ceramics of Santarem, most of them pre-Columbian. Other artefacts include early furniture and paintings of the city.
Afterwards, you’ll head to a ‘native dwelling’ to see a local family preparing the manioc flour, as well as a demonstration of the native way to extract latex from the rubber trees. You’ll also see a display of the tools of the ‘rubber worker’ from the last century.
Your return drive will take you through the old part of Santarem, passing the quaint Immaculate Conception Church and downtown to Fisherman Square; see the sculpture of the Victoria- Regia water lily and another of Saint Peter, the patron saint of the fishermen. A short stop will be made so that you can purchase some souvenirs, before returning to the port.
This excursion will operate by bus and on foot.This tour involves approximately 1 hour’s walking over some rough and uneven ground, including steps. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. The buses are not air-conditioned. The visit to the native dwelling includes around 1 hour of standing. It is also advisable to take a hat, sun protection and insect repellent.