Alter do Chão is a tourist destination that combines natural beauty, local culture and rich cuisine. The city is famous for its gastronomy, which mixes traditional flavors and Amazonian fish, providing a unique and surprising culinary experience. Cultural events are also common in the city, attracting tourists from all over Brazil. In addition, the place has incredible restaurants overlooking the river, offering a spectacular view while you enjoy the delights of Pará cuisine.
Alter do Chão – local cuisine and culture
Typical cuisine of Alter do Chão
Caruru and tacacá are typical dishes of Pará cuisine and can be easily found in Alter do Chão. Caruru is made with okra and is served with acarajé. Tacacá is a mixture of tucupi broth, jambu, shrimp, pepper and tapioca gum, which can be found hot in the stalls on the banks of the Tapajós River. Take advantage of your visit to try these culinary delights of the region.
Jambu is a common herb in the cuisine of the northern region of Brazil, including Alter do Chão, and is known to have anesthetic properties in the mouth. It is used versatile in many dishes and is considered a culinary attraction in the region.
If you want something sweet, the tip is to try the super-creamy jambu ice cream from Boto Gelato da Amazônia. A charming handcrafted mix of fruits and flavors typical of the Amazon. Desserts stand out in this space, which also offers options of Brazil nuts, cupuaçu and cumaru (vanilla from the Amazon).
Pato no Tucupi is a traditional dish of the region, tucupi is known as a poisonous liquid extracted from the root of wild cassava. But in fact, it's a deliciously acidic broth that accompanies many of Pala's dishes.
Other foods also enhance the traditional culture of Alter do Chão, such as Piracuí dumplings (fish flour), pirarucu bait, jambu cachaça. known
For those who cannot miss the local cuisine, a tip is to try the region's fish, such as smoked tucunaré, pickled fish, tucupi and much more.
Alter do Chão (Santarém-Pará) is one of the tourist paradises in Brazil. A special place that nobody gets tired of, full of natural beauty, tradition and breathtaking landscapes. No wonder it is called the “Amazonian Caribbean” and the “Pearl of Tapajós”.
At night, the village of Alter is full of bars and restaurants, but what matters most is getting to know the traditional Carimbó, a dancing rhythm considered cultural heritage in Brazil.
The famous “Quintas do Mestre e a Sereia” take place in the reference center of Carimbó “Mestre Chico Malta” in the corner of the island. Tourists have fun and dance a lot of carimbó, including women with traditional carimbó skirts, made of calico, which create a special magic in the dance.
The Festa do Çairé takes place in the third week of September and is considered one of the biggest folk festivals in Brazil, gathering people from all over the world. It has been held for over 300 years.
Disputa dos Botos, is a legendary show full of fans between Boto Cor de Rosa and Boto Tucuxi. It is a folkloric festival, the dispute of the botos, with sound, lights, dance and public show. In this battle, the city was divided between Boto Cor de Rosa and Boto Tucuxi. These two types of dolphins have a legend that makes these animals so famous in the Amazon region.
These are traditions linked to the indigenous origins of Pará that remain in the cuisine and culture of the region, keeping them alive.
Depending on the period of the trip, the tourist can attend another festival, as they are traditional in the region.
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