A tourist from Rio Grande do Sul on his first trip to Amapá once said to the guide in front of the Amazon River, on the edge of Macapá: “But didn’t you say there was no sea here?” It is clear that the ocean does not bathe the state capital, but rather the coast of the state where the “river-sea” flows, the majestic Amazon, whose mouth is at the confluence of Amapá with Marajó Island, something so gigantic that the distance from one bank to the other it reaches 17 kilometers.
Tourism professionals, such as Amapá native Sandro Figueiredo Borges, who is a tourism specialist by training and also an accredited tour guide, have been in great demand to help tourists who disembark in Macapá to fulfill an almost irresistible desire: to stroll along the Amazon River.
And when this happens in an organized way, it is called a “River Tour”. It is a type of inbound tourism that grows every day in the state, is organized and adds value to Amapá as a tourist destination. Among the most popular itineraries is a walk along the front of the city, passing by Fazendinha beach, then heading towards the countryside, circling Santana Island, with a stop at Recanto da Aldeia, a place with a white sand beach, bar, restaurant and an ecological trail that crosses the island from one end to the other.
Nature – One of the great appeals of this type of tourism is contact with the almost untouched nature of Amapá, a federation unit that holds the title of the most preserved state in Brazil, with more than 90% of its vegetation cover preserved. “It is very common for people to get emotional just by being in front of the Amazon River, so allowing them to take a walk along it is something that tourists say they will never forget”, says Sandro.
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