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Meeting of the Waters, Santarem

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Santarém is a city bordered by the Amazon River and its tributary the Tapajós, which together create a natural phenomenon locals call Meeting of the Waters. Once the two rivers meet, they run side by side without ever mixing their waters. This rare occurrence is created by the two rivers’ difference in temperature and density. The Amazon’s cool brown water carries sediment from the Andes, while the Tapajós’s water is somewhat warmer and has a deep blue tone. Make sure to choose a spot high above the rivers, like the popular Mirante do Tapajós, to get an unobstructed view of both colors flowing side by side, and to appreciate the sheer size of the Amazon, the second longest river in the world. Put Meeting of the Waters into our Santarem trip itinerary maker to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Santarem.
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  • As part of a cruise ship excursion, we sailed to the wedding of the waters and up through tributaries of the Amazon. Spotted iguanas, monkeys, sloths...even went piranha fishing! Just an amazing view ...  more »
  • a fenomemo of nature where the water don't mix, is impressive the image, it's worth a watch.
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  • Our cruise ship arrived at 0700 one morning after cruising up the Amazon River - a superlative sight in its own right - until we met the Tapajos River at Santarem. What a difference! The light bown, s...  more »
  • Great view, but the site is careful.
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