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Santarém  (Amazon River), Brazil-port

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.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Forest Nature Walk
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Forest Nature Walk
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • River Tour and Eco Maica Lake
    Light Activity /Walking
  • River Tour and Eco Maica Lake
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required
  • Santarem City Highlights
    Seated Tour
  • Santarem City Highlights
    Minimal Activity Required
  • Tapajos National Forest

Forest Nature Walk

Moderate Activity/Walking

Duration: 3 hours

Tour Code: SRM-6607

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.