Located between Santarém and Manaus, Boca de Valeria is the entrance to the Valeria Channel (boca meaning mouth).The channel leads to Lake Valeria, which marks the border between the States of Amazonas and Pará.Welcome to the Cidade Maravilhosa, or the Marvelous City, as Rio is known in Brazil.Synonymous with the girl from Ipanema, the dramatic views from Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado mountain, and fabulously flamboyant Carnival celebrations, Rio is a city of stunning architecture, abundant museums, and marvelous food.
The city's principal attractions are its lavish, brightly colored houses and civic buildings—vestiges of an opulent time when the wealthy sent their laundry to be done in Europe and sent for Old World artisans and...
The first settlement in Santarém was a Jesuit mission built in 1661.
The next arrivals consisted of a group of Confederate refugees.
They came to Santarém after the American Civil War in the hope of creating a new slaving state.
Few of them stayed very long, but they left their mark in certain family and trade names.