From the bustle to the wild islands: Salinas is the “Caribbean Amazon” to find – 18/01/2023

Alter do Chão could have develop into one of many frequent locations for these looking for freshwater seashores on the banks of the Tapajós River, but it surely’s not simply the “Caribbean Amazon” reserving Pará’s lush landscapes.

220 km from the capital Belém, there’s a nook liked by the inhabitants of Pará, however nonetheless little explored by Brazilian vacationers. Pleasure, Salinopolis!

Affectionately referred to as Salinas, the area bathed within the Atlantic Ocean is surrounded by clear and crystal waters, high-quality sand, dunes and small lakes. Alongside the 45 kilometers of shoreline, there isn’t any scarcity of alternatives to chill out and have enjoyable.

Though the local weather is scorching all yr spherical, summer time is in full swing between June and October.

Throughout this era, rains are uncommon, which generates heavy visitors within the resort. Have you ever been inquisitive about your vacation spot? Beneath we now have collected the perfect suggestions for Salinópolis.

Aerial view of Salinas: heat all yr spherical and little rain in 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 numerous actions. You’ll be able to trip a water banana, surf, race windcars, quads, buggies… However there are those that want to easily chill out on the sand, which is about 12 kilometers lengthy in complete.

After which you might have two choices: take your personal meals and good outdated styrofoam, or eat native delicacies at one of many greater than 50 stalls.

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Sure, automobiles within the sand! And a warning concerning the water present in Atalaia, which can shock drivers

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The three most conventional are Atalaia Vip, Verde Mar and Casemirão. The primary has a really democratic menu, the second focuses on oysters. There are greater than 30 totally different shellfish dishes on the menu (you may attempt baked, recent, fried oysters…). The third possibility is appropriate for individuals who like baked, fried, boiled or smoked fish (ready on a wood grill).

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

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Crab served with French dressing and farofa in Atalaia

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Seashore soundtrack? You select. There you may convey your personal speaker (consider me: there are vacationers who carry containers!) and as you stroll the sound modifications between funk, sertanejo, forró…

For Wagner Pajur, conductor of the native vacationer attraction and historian, Atalaia is like “the icing on the cake” of Salinas.

When sightseeing started within the Seventies and Nineteen Eighties, the one technique to get there was by boat. With the development of a bridge resulting in the peninsula, this place started to be explored by vacationers. Throughout the season we now have a variable inhabitants from 120 to 250 thousand per weekend.

Away from noise and bustle

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

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In the event you just like the “I simply need peace” vibe, Praia do Farol Velho is value a go to. It’s a continuation of Praia do Atalaia (left aspect). The place would not have loads of construction, however it’s an invite to serenity.

A bit of later comes Ponta do Espadarte. There are two methods to get to this paradise place: at low tide, the vacationer can take a automobile from Praça to Pescador. In any other case there are small boats to take you to Ponta. The crossing takes about 7 minutes and prices R$15 (return) in 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 sound of the ocean. If the day is gorgeous, you’ll nonetheless witness an incredible sundown. Another choice is Ponta da Sofia, positioned on the finish of Praia do Atalaia (on the precise). The horn is wanted by kitesurfers and guests who escape the hype.

Coca-Cola Lake

Because the identify says, Coca-Cola Lake obtained this identify as a result of it resembles the colour of the well-known soda. “This shade is as a result of darkish leaves falling and beginning to decompose,” explains Wagner. The driving force emphasizes that so as to catch a full lagoon, the months of July and August needs to be most popular. “September to November it begins to dry out as the warmth tightens.”

Nestled between the dunes of Praia do Atalaia, it is vitally clear, good for adults and youngsters and completely instagrammable. You may get there on foot, however we advise a quad trip. You go up and down the dunes and finish the tour with a scrumptious swim within the lagoon. Oh, and if you need an adrenaline rush, you may go down a “slide” mounted on a dune that drops straight into the water (the hill is about 12 meters excessive).

Wild islands with pure swimming pools

Salinópolis is surrounded by paradise and wild islands. Its seashores are good for a day journey. The closest ones are Marieta within the municipality of Maracanã, Praia Maria Baixinha on the island of Itaranajá and Ilha do Pilão in São João de Pirabas. Within the first two choices, it’s essential to lease a catamaran (a non-public journey for eight folks prices between R$ 500 and 1000 and normally consists of lunch on board).

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Salinas Pure Swimming pools

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On the island of Pilão, journey businesses normally supply day by day excursions, relying on the tide desk. The boat departs from Vila Cuiarana and the journey takes 20 minutes. What attracts essentially the most consideration on this nearly unique nook are the rock formations resembling the “craters” of the moon and volcano. Through the years, the fixed pounding of the ocean has helped create small pure swimming pools.

The identify of the island comes from the baggage of water that consult with the pylons. The pestle used to grind espresso, black pepper… And when the drain is dry, the craters are lit.

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Guará, a standard chicken within the area

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The panorama, surrounded by dry mangrove forests, takes on colour with a flock of ibises, a real spectacle of nature. Birds have a really robust crimson tint as a result of they feed on carotene-rich crabs.

Visiting the historic middle

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Historic middle of Salinas within the background

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

The latter homes what the locals name the “fountain of youth”. Legend has it that those that drink the water from there keep eternally younger.

And no customer leaves the town with out seeing the well-known Salinópolis Lighthouse.

It is like our Eiffel Tower.

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Salinas Lighthouse

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In response to Wagner Pajur, the primary lighthouse was in-built Praia do Farol Velho in 1816 and was ultimately destroyed by the ocean. The second, constructed on the cornerstone of its predecessor, additionally failed to resist the tides. The third is 67 meters excessive and is positioned within the metropolis middle.

Throughout a guided tour of the middle, the historian tries to show an actual lesson about Salinópolis.

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

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The historic middle of Salinas can be value a go to

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In response to him, Salinas was the biggest producer of salt within the north and nearly obtained the identify Atlântida in 1920.

“As a result of salt mining was not widespread solely in our commune, they determined to provide the city a special identify. However Atlântida did not maintain on… We ultimately turned Salinópolis, sanctioned by the governor in 1966.”

Salt is out, tourism is right here. At present, the sector within the area continues to develop and it’s anticipated that by the top 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, it’s best to have enjoyable 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 area’s typical flavors in artisanal Blaus and Cairu. Retailers supply bacuri, açaí, soursop, mucuri, taperebá, cupuaçu, mangaba, Brazil nut, amongst others). The extra full of life can benefit from the nightlife with loads of carimbó (a musical rhythm and circle dance typical of the Amazon).

How you can get to Salinas

There are three choices: by automobile and bus (journey time is roughly 3:30) and by airplane, the most recent possibility. The Belém – Salinas leg is operated by Conecta Azul, a subsidiary of Azul Airways. The journey takes 55 minutes and there are flights 4 instances per week.

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