From hustle and bustle to wild islands: Salinas is the ‘Caribbean Amazon’ about to be found – 01/18/2023

Alter do Chão might have turn out to be one of many frequent locations for these on the lookout for freshwater seashores alongside the banks of the Tapajos River, however it’s not solely the “Caribbean of the Amazon” that preserves ample landscapes in Pará.

220 km from the capital, Belen, there’s a nook beloved by the folks of Pará, however nonetheless little explored by Brazilian vacationers. Get pleasure from, Salinopolis!

Affectionately referred to as Salinas, the area bathed by the Atlantic Ocean is surrounded by clear and crystalline waters, high-quality sand, dunes and small lakes. Alongside the 45 kilometers of shoreline, there isn’t a lack of alternatives for relaxation and leisure.

Though the local weather is scorching all year long, the peak of summer season is between the months of June and October.

Throughout this era, rainfall is scarce, which generates intense visitors within the resort. Had been you curious to know the vacation spot? Under we’ve got collected the very best ideas for Salinópolis.

Aerial view of Salinas: heat year-round and little rain within the winter

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Atalaia: music, sports activities and grilled fish

Praia do Atalaia is the most well-liked seashore within the municipality and is good for varied actions. There are banana rides, browsing, wind automotive races, ATVs, buggies… However there are additionally those that choose to simply chill out on the sand, which is about 12 kilometers lengthy.

After which you have got two choices: take your meals and good previous styrofoam or eat the native delicacies at one of many over 50 stalls.

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Sure, vehicles within the sand! And the warning of water currents in Atalaia, which can shock drivers

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The three most conventional are Atalaia Vip, Verde Mar and Casemirão. The previous has a really democratic menu, whereas the latter focuses on oysters. On the menu you could find greater than 30 totally different mollusc dishes (you may strive baked, contemporary, fried oysters…). The third possibility is appropriate for individuals who like fish, baked, sauteed, boiled or smoked (cooked on a picket grill).

Among the many fish which are profitable in Salinas are Gurijuba, Yellow hake, Sawfish and Corvina.

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Crabs served with French dressing and farofa at Atalaia

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The soundtrack to the seashore? You select. There you’re allowed to convey your individual speaker (belief me: there are vacationers who convey bins!) and as you stroll the sound alternates between funk, sertanejo, forro…

For Wagner Pajurá, conductor of an area vacationer attraction and historian, Atalaia is just like the “icing on the cake” of Salinas.

When the town started to be explored within the Seventies and Nineteen Eighties, it was solely accessible by boat. With the development of a bridge to the peninsula, the place started to be identified by vacationers. In excessive season we’ve got a variable inhabitants of 120 to 250 thousand per weekend.

Away from the hustle and bustle

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There are a number of choices for extra leisurely walks in Salinas

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For those who just like the “I simply need peace” vibe, Praia do Farol Velho is price a go to. It’s a continuation of Praia do Atalaia (left facet). The place doesn’t have a lot construction, however it’s an invite to tranquility.

A bit later comes Ponta do Espadarte. To achieve this heavenly place, there are two methods: if the tide is low, the vacationer can cross by automotive from Praça do Pescador. In any other case there are small boats that take you to Ponta. The crossing takes about 7 minutes and prices R$ 15 (spherical journey) throughout excessive season.

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Salinas additionally has abandoned seashores for a leisurely stroll.

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There are only a few tents in Ponta do Espadarte and the one noise you may hear is the ocean. If the day is gorgeous, you’ll nonetheless witness an unbelievable sundown. Another choice is Ponta da Sofia, positioned on the finish of Praia do Atalaia (proper facet). The nook is wanted by kitesurfers and guests escaping the noise.

Lake Coca Cola

Because the title already suggests, Coca-Cola Lake bears this title as a result of it resembles the colour of the well-known soda. “This tone is because of the darkish leaves that fall and start to decompose,” explains Wagner. The driving force emphasizes that to catch the complete lagoon it’s advisable to choose the months of July and August. “From September to November it begins to dry out as a result of the warmth is tight.”

Positioned between the dunes of Praia do Atalaia, it is vitally clear, excellent for adults and youngsters and completely instagrammable. You will get there on foot, however the suggestion is to trip a quad bike. You climb up and down the dunes and end the tour with a scrumptious dip within the lagoon. And if you need adrenaline, you may go down the “slide” mounted on a dune that drops straight into the water (the hill is about 12 meters excessive).

Wild islands with pure swimming pools

Salinopolis is surrounded by paradise and wild islands. Its seashores are excellent for a day journey. The closest are Marieta, within the municipality of Maracanã, Praia Maria Baixinha, on the island of Itaranajá, and Ilha do Pilão, in São João de Pirabas. For the primary two choices, you want to lease a catamaran (a personal tour for eight folks ranges from 500 to 1,000 reais and normally consists of lunch on board).

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The Pure Swimming pools of Salinas

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On Pilão Island, journey companies normally supply each day excursions – relying on the tide desk. The boat leaves from Vila Cuiarana and the journey takes 20 minutes. What most attracts consideration on this nearly unique nook are its rock formations that seem like “craters” of the moon and a volcano. Over time, the fixed pounding of the ocean has helped create small pure swimming pools.

The title of the island comes from the bellows of water, which consult with pylons. The hammer was previously used to grind espresso, black pepper… And when the tide is dry, the craters gentle up.

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Guara, a standard chicken within the area

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The panorama, surrounded by dry mangroves, takes on coloration with the flock of ibises, a real spectacle of nature. The birds have a really sturdy crimson hue as a result of they feed on carotene-rich crab.

Tour of the historic middle

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Historic downtown Salinas within the background

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Downtown Salinas additionally deserves vacationers’ consideration. Along with the Corvina and Maçarico seashores, it’s price visiting the Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora do Socorro, patron saint of the town, and the Casa da Cultura Fonte do Caranã.

Within the latter is what the locals name the “fountain of youth”. Legend has it that whoever drinks water from there stays younger ceaselessly.

And no customer leaves the town with out seeing the well-known Salinopolis lighthouse.

He’s like our Eiffel Tower.

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Salinas Lighthouse

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Based on Wagner Pajurá, the primary lighthouse was constructed at Praia do Farol Velho in 1816 and was finally destroyed by the ocean. The second, constructed on the muse stone of its predecessor, additionally didn’t face up to the tides. The third is 67 meters excessive and is positioned within the middle of the town.

When giving a guided tour of the middle, the historian goals to provide an actual lesson about Salinopolis.

“Many individuals have no idea, however our historical past dates again to 1616, when the primary Portuguese ship sailed within the waters of Salinas, which was beforehand referred to as Viriandeua or Virianduba (which means abundance of Tupi-Guarani birds).

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Historic downtown Salinas can also be price a tour

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Based on him, Salinas was the biggest producer of salt within the North and nearly acquired the title Atlantis in 1920.

“Since salt mining was not widespread solely in our municipality, they determined to name the city by one other title. However Atlantis didn’t stay… We finally grew to become Salinopolis, sanctioned by a governor in 1966.’

The salt is out, tourism is on its means. At the moment, the sector continues to develop within the area and it’s anticipated that by the tip of 2022 the variety of resorts within the metropolis will attain 20 items.

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Aerial view of two boats from Salinas

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Evening life

Within the late afternoon and night, the very best factor to do is play alongside the Orla do Maçarico. There are a number of bars, eating places and ice cream parlors (by the best way, do not go away with out attempting the standard flavors of the area within the artisanal Blaus and Cairu. The outlets supply bakuri, açaí, soursop, mukuri, tapereba, cupuasu, mangaba, Brazil nut, between the opposite). The extra energetic can benefit from the nightlife, washed down with a lot of carimbo (musical rhythm and circle dancing typical of the Amazon).

get to Salinas

There are three choices: by automotive and bus (the journey takes about 3 hours and half-hour) and by aircraft, the most recent various. The Belem – Salinas route is operated by Conecta Azul, a subsidiary of Azul airline. The journey takes 55 minutes and flights function 4 occasions per week.

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