You can find a guide to take you into the Tapajos National Forest here. The rates are shown in the photo. You cannot enter the forest without a guide, we were lucky and just turned up, but it may be better to phone ahead. We had Alex and his number is 992006565. If you do call at the house they are a lovely family.
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Long story short: you don’t need a permit to enter the park with your own vehicle if you go to the main entrance (which is the entrance in Sao Domingo). We went to the ICMBio office in Santarem and they told us you only need a written permit if you’re more than 10 people. So just drive to the Sao Domingo entrance, register there for free, and enter.
You can drive to the communities Maguari and Jamaraqua, but to hike into the actual forest, you have to take a guide. They’re readily available in Jamaraqua (where you can also join a group and share the price). There, they typically do a 9km loop to look at the big trees and swim in a beautiful Igarape (jungle river). The loop takes 4 hours because the guides walk súper slow. Unfortunately you don’t see any animals. A guide costs 200R in total (so to be divided by the participants). If you’re more than 5, price remains 40R per person.
As for camping, there are a lot of spots in and around the communities Maguari and Jamaraqua where you can camp (we asked and it was more than okay), also with view of the beautiful beaches. Locals are very friendly.Report Check-In
If you visit the Tapajos NP with your own vehicle you have to get a permit to enter the park. Go to ICMBio office in Santarèm (-2.419585, -54.731625). Bring your passport. Free entry. Then you drive to São Domingos and enter. We slept 3 days in the park and recommend Frank as guide. He speaks Portuguese, Englisch very well (former Englisch teacher) and French. You can do tours in the jungle to giant Samauma trees, by boat in the flooded forest or sleep in the jungle. We did the floodes forest tour for 200R$ and enjoyed a lot (paddled through great nature, swimmed in the river and went Piranha fishing)! Contact Frank for an appointment:
You can find a guide to take you into the Tapajos National Forest here. The rates are shown in the photo. You cannot enter the forest without a guide, we were lucky and just turned up, but it may be better to phone ahead. We had Alex and his number is 992006565. If you do call at the house they are a lovely family.Report Check-In