Altar do Chao is a beautiful riverside beach town close to Santarem in the middle of the Amazon. As we walked into town we saw the stunning beach on Ilha de Amor (Love Island). It is more beautiful than any seaside beach we have ever seen. You can simply walk across the gentle river Tapajos and you would be in Paradise. We loved it, the people were friendly, we had the beautiful beach, lovely forests and a great two storey cabin surrounded by trees at a friendly hostel. We stayed here longer than expected because Tara ate a bad fish and was sick for a few days. Luckily she was in this lovely place to recover with a really good medical outpost. Tara spent a few days walking along the peaceful beaches recovering and gaining strength to carry her backpack.