Hotel BeloAlter, Alter do Chão, Pará
"beautiful eco-lodge on the beach, close to Alter do Chão"
|Nearest Airport:||Santarem - 32 kms|
|Trip Style:||Nature + Wildlife, History + Culture, Eco-tourism|
wi-fi, restaurant, pool, hammocks, bar
|Recommended attractions:||walking, swimming, snorkelling, hiking, flora & fauna, dolphins, boat trips, birding|
|Ideal for:||solo travellers, friends sharing, families, couples|
|Cards Accepted:||Visa, Mastercard|
|Telephone:||+55 92 35271230/35271247|
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Alison's pousada review
The hotel BeloAlter was a wonderful find. Originally rejected as being too remote and a hotel, rather than a pousada per-se, it turned out to have all the attributes of a truly great hidden pousada! Far from being remote, the hotel is only a 5 minute cab ride or a 20 minute walk along the beach from Alter do Chao village, and it has all the best features of a jungle lodge whilst costing less than half the price. Owners Irene and Ze Carlos do everything to make your stay comfortable, service is excellent, there is a choice of beach or pool and the solar heated showers are wonderful. If you want some simple comforts in the jungle, with lots of things to do and places to go, you couldn’t find a better place.
I had heard rumours for a couple of years of the existence of sandy beaches in the Amazon, but had not realized there are actually hundreds of them in summer, when the rivers are at their lowest (July through to November). The beach at Alter do Chao is probably the prettiest of all and has the most beach bars. However, relaxing on the beach with your feet in the water, eating freshly fried fish, is only one of the many things to do in this area. Boat trips are a must- round the Lago Verde (Green lake) up the Igarape dos Macacos for a swim in the stream, bird watching, over to Ponta de Curucu for the sunset. Then there is the Escola Floresta nature reserve/ school nearby and finally a visit to Belterra 45minutes taxi ride away. This was Henry Ford's rubber project, established in 1934 and sold back to the Brazilian government at a US$20m loss in 1945. The town is a copy of small town America, and it has been little touched since then. Everyone smiles and the Brazilian old timers will tell countless stories of how it used to be if you can manage to take a Portuguese speaker with you.
- boat trip round the Lago Verde (Green lake) and up the Igarape dos Macacos
- eating fish cooked on a bonfire on the beach at full moon (piracaia)
- dolphin watching at sunset with John Lennon, local boat man
- visit to Belterra
- great swimming pool and local beach
- walking distance from Alter do Chao village
- excellent food and service
|Try a different place if...
you mind the noise of monkeys and frogs, or you want to be near restaurants and bars.