Santarem is an Amazon River cruise port and city in western Para state (Brazil) with population around 205,000. The city is located at the confluence of Amazon and Tapajos rivers, it is ranked among state's most popular tourism travel destination.
Santarem is approx 800 km (500 ml) from Brazilian Amazon's largest city Manaus (located upriver in state Amazonas) and approx 700 km (440 ml) from Para's capital Belem (downriver at the mouth of Amazon on Atlantic Ocean). Santarem metro area, includes Belterra and Mojuí dos Campos.
As New Santarem, the town was established in 1661 by Portuguese colonists and is one of Brazilian Amazon's oldest. Due to Tapajos River's crystalline waters, the coastline has over 100 km (62 ml) of natural beaches. Alter do Chao village (aka Brazil's Caribbean) helds annually the Saire folklore festival (in September).