Rimmed by white sand beaches and lapped by the deep blue waters of Rio Tapajós, this Amazon village boasts one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil. It sits beneath two rolling green hills, one of the hills is shaped like a church altar, which is where the area gets its name.
From the beach, it's a leisurely half hour stroll to the top of the larger hill, which offers spectacular views of the Tapajós and Amazon rivers. Nearby, the Center for the Preservation of Indian Art houses an extensive collection of indigenous art from allover the Amazon Basin, and a fair trade gift shop. Hike into the jungle to explore or shop in the local open-air market for bargains.