The first settlement in Santarem was a Jesuit mission built in 1661. Today, Santarem is one of the Amazon's most important trading centers, and is rich in legend and nature. The town is situated at the point where the Tapajos and the Amazon waters meet. This is called the "Wedding of the Waters" and is one of Santarem's major attractions. The lakes and forests of this area are home to numerous species of birds, particularly the white egret.

Port: Santarém (Amazon River)
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Santarém (Amazon River)

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  • Santarem City Highlights

    This tour focuses on the highlights of Santarem, a city with a history that dates back to 1661. Today, it is one of the Amazon's most important trading centers and is rich in legend and nature. Begin with a drive along the bustling waterfront of Santarem where boats from all over the Amazon dock. As boats are the main mode of transportation for people in this region, it is common to see both passenger and cargo vessels transporting many different products to the market. Continue on to visit Santarem's Cathedral and the Town Hall Museum which displays valuable pottery made by the Tupaiu Indians. Stop at a handicraft shop for items made by local tribes. Continue your drive to a native village and visit the Casa da Farinha where you can see the extraction of rubber from rubber trees as well as seeing other native trees and plants.

    Please note: The road surfaces may be in disrepair causing a rather bumpy ride.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 8 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 8 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 8 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • River Tour and Eco Maica Lake

    This is a rare opportunity for you to explore the ecosystem of the Amazon on board a special riverboat. The lakes and vegetation of this section of the Amazon are home to numerous species of unique flora.

    You'll depart on a local boat for a leisurely, hour-long cruise down two beautiful rivers, the Tapajos and Amazonas. The "Meeting of the Waters" takes place near Santarem, where the waters of the two rivers run side by side and can be clearly seen., each bearing its own individual color. You'll then approach the entrance of Maica Lake, where native homes and local vegetation can be seen. Your boat will anchor at the entrance of Maica Lake, and if river conditions permit, your guide will distribute line and bait and teach you how to fish for the voracious and fearsome piranha.

    Please note: This tour includes limited walking but guests must be able to enter and exit the tour boat with limited assistance. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repelland and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip sole are recommended. Although the boats have a PA system, the noise of the engine may make hearing the narration by your guide difficult; however, opportunities will present themselves for question and answer dialogue with your guide.

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  • River Tour and Eco Maica Lake

    This is a rare opportunity for you to explore the ecosystem of the Amazon on board a special riverboat. The lakes and vegetation of this section of the Amazon are home to numerous species of unique flora.

    You'll depart on a local boat for a leisurely, hour-long cruise down two beautiful rivers, the Tapajos and Amazonas. The "Meeting of the Waters" takes place near Santarem, where the waters of the two rivers run side by side and can be clearly seen., each bearing its own individual color. You'll then approach the entrance of Maica Lake, where native homes and local vegetation can be seen. Your boat will anchor at the entrance of Maica Lake, and if river conditions permit, your guide will distribute line and bait and teach you how to fish for the voracious and fearsome piranha.

    Please note: A hat and sunscreen are essential. Although the boats have a PA system, the noise of the engine may make narration by your guide difficult. Opportunities will present themselves for questions and answers dialogue with your guide. Guests are advised to bring insect repellent.

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  • Santarem City Highlights

    This tour focuses on the highlights of Santarem, a city with a history that dates back to 1661. Today, it is one of the Amazon's most important trading centers and is rich in legend and nature.

    Begin with a drive along the bustling waterfront of Santarem where boats from all over the Amazon dock. As boats are the main mode of transportation for people in this region, it is common to see both passenger and cargo vessels transporting many different products to the market.

    Continue on to visit Santarem's Cathedral and the Town Hall Museum which displays valuable pottery made by the Tupaiu Indians.

    Next, drive to a native village and visit the Casa da Farinha where you can see the extraction of rubber from rubber trees as well as seeing other native trees and plants.

    Please note: This tour includes a moderate amount of walking. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability and may make arrangements with the guide to not participate in some of the walking portions of the tour such as the visit at the Casa. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The tour sequence may vary and it is important to note that in this under-developed destination, the best available coaches are often old and do not have air-conditioning. In the event the Town Hall museum is not available, it will be replaced with a visit to the Sacred Art Museum.

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  • Forest Nature Walk

    You'll take a 40-minute drive from the pier toward the Santarém-Cuiaba Highway, the only road that connects this part of the Amazon with other points in Brazil. The highway climbs to an elevation of 518 feet, considered a "high altitude" level in the otherwise flat region of the Amazon. From here, your bus will enter a rugged roadway leading to the forest of Santa Lucia. Along the way, you can observe the different stages of "slash and burn" agriculture, and its effect on the forest. At Bosque Santa Lucia, your guide will choose one of more than three miles of forest trails for a pleasant nature walk. This forest contains more than 400 different species of regional trees, some of which have been labeled for easy identification.

    Please note: It is important to wear shoes with sturdy soles or hiking boots. Long pants are essential, as is sun screen, a hat and insect repellent. We recommend that you be physically fit to participate in this tour.

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  • Forest Nature Walk

    You'll take a 40-minute drive from the pier toward the Santarém-Cuiaba Highway, the only road that connects this part of the Amazon with other points in Brazil. The highway climbs to an elevation of 518 feet, which is considered a "high altitude" level in the otherwise flat region of the Amazon. From here, your bus will enter a rugged roadway leading to the forest of Santa Lucia. Along the way, you can observe the different stages of "slash and burn" agriculture, and its effect on the forest. At Bosque Santa Lucia, your guide will choose one of more than three miles of forest trails for a pleasant nature walk. This forest contains more than 400 different species of regional trees, some of which have been labeled for easy identification.

    Please note: The best available coaches are often old and do not have air-conditioning. Participants must be in good physical condition, must wear shoes with sturdy soles or hiking boots and long pants. It is important to have sun screen, a hat and insect repellent. This tour involves approximately 1.5 hours to 2 hours of walking through the forest over very uneven surfaces and through nature trails. Therefore this tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those guests with mobility concerns.

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  • Tapajos National Forest

    Trek through the pristine Tapajos National Forest with a naturalist, who will describe the more unusual flora and fauna in this protected part of the Amazon.

    Depart from the pier and drive south along the only road through this remote section of the Amazon. After approximately an hour, you will arrive at the National Forest Tapajos, an expanse of nearly 1.5 million acres protected by federal law. As you will learn, research is being carried out here to determine the effects of lumbering and how to reduce its impact.

    Fortunately, this swath of the Amazon is unspoiled and provides a wonderful opportunity to understand its flora and fauna by hiking through the understory with a naturalist. Following a path through the dense vegetation, you will see species like the towering Brazil Nut Tree, which only bears fruit in undisturbed forests. The familiar nut is so hard that only the agouti, a chisel-toothed mammal, can penetrate the shell and eat the nut inside.

    Rubber trees also flourish here. They were the source of great wealth in the 19th century until some seeds were smuggled out of the Tapajos Valley and successfully propagated in Malaysia, ending the Brazilian monopoly on exporting natural rubber.

    In addition to seeing a huge variety of vegetation, you may spot some of the more than 300 species of birds that live in the National Forest Tapajos, including the brilliantly colored golden parakeet and giant harpy eagle. Following your forest exploration, you will re-board your bus and return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of hiking through the forest. There will be some natural and uneven surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition and avid hikers or walkers. Lightweight pants; a long-sleeved shirt; sun cap; sunglasses; insect repellant; binoculars; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, sturdy hiking shoes or boots are recommended.

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