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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  • August 13, 2017
    Tour not to be missed! made with Elvis, which sits on a point right in front of the gazebo (93) 99131-9245
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  • August 12, 2017
    It's surreal, there are plants of the Amazon q don't mix with the unforgettable Experience and Tapajos navigate there at the meeting!
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  • July 28, 2017
    Beautiful! Worth it you see. The waters of the Amazon are the Tapajós, but do not mix. The crystal clear waters of the Tapajos and the muddy waters of the Amazon go hand in hand. The meeting is beautiful. A vastness of waters.
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Where to stay in Santarem

The main cluster of accommodations lies just to the east of the Curuai-Santarem ferry dock. These basic, unpretentious hotels don't differ much from one another; views of the river are chief among the selling points. Move away from the water, and the lodgings get a little simpler, occupying formerly residential blocks, as opposed to the purpose-built blocks that line the riverside. The city's outskirts offer motels along the main roads, giving good access to the surrounding jungle areas.
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