The Brazilian government plans to turn the river into the world’s biggest grain canal by building 49 dams on the Tapajós and its tributaries

Operational dam

Under construction

Planned

Reservoirs

Amazon river

Santarém

Manaus

Planned

hydrovia

São Luiz rapids

Itaituba

Brazil

Dace Watpu

Tapajós

river

BR163 road

Pará

Teles

Pires

river

Planned railway

Teles

Pires dam

Juruena

river

Mato Grosso

Sinop

200 km

200 miles

Operational dam

Under construction

Planned

Reservoirs

Amazon river

Rio Negro

Santarém

Manaus

Planned hydrovia

São Luiz rapids

Itaituba

Brazil

Dace Watpu

BR163 road

Tapajós river

Amazonas

Pará

Planned railway

Teles Pires river

Teles

Pires dam

Juruena river

Rondônia

Mato Grosso

Sinop

Bolivia

200 km

200 miles