Ilha de Marajó. Island in Pará, Brazil

Ilha de Marajó

Island in Pará, Brazil

Vila de Joanes - Salvaterra - Ilha do Marajó Photo © Celso Abreu

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Ilha de Marajó

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Salvaterra - Ilha do Mrajó - Ilha de Marajó
Salvaterra - Ilha do Mrajó - Ilha de Marajó. Photo by Celso Abreu
Marajo Island, or Ilha do Marajó to the natives, is an island in the Brazilian state of Pará, located at the mouth of the Amazon River in the Marajó archipelago.
With an area of approximately 40,100 km ², Marajo Island is the largest island in Brazil and also the largest fluvial marine island in the world.

Marajo Island is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean as well as the Amazon River and the Tocantins River, and is also divided into 12 counties dotted with forests, rivers, fields, swamps, and streams, forming the perfect setting for those who want to unravel in a nearly intact piece of the Amazon jungle.
The point of departure for the trip is Belém (Wikipedia Article), from where the boats and the ferries depart towards Soure, the “capital” city of the island, after about three hours of navigation. It is in this area where one can find the best beaches, the best accommodation and restaurants, plus a good part of the 250,000 inhabitants.

Interesting Facts

  • Marajo Island has the largest herd of buffalo in Brazil, offering the visitors a wide choice of activities to interact with these animals.
  • About three thousand years ago, a tribe of Indians known as Marajoara (Wikipedia Article)s, began to populate the island and left an artistic and cultural legacy that can be seen in the ceramic of the site today.
  • The lakes, mangroves, creeks, archaeological sites, swamp, and the beaches of the island make this site one of the most coveted in Pará.
  • Marajo Island is one of the main attractions which is featured on many postcards showcasing the beauty of Pará.
  • Marajo Island is the ideal destination for those who also enjoys rich culinary. The major highlights of the island are the buffalo milk cheeses and the huge variety of fish and fruits, which the tourists will surely enjoy.

Most Visited Sights

Praia do Pesqueiro (Pesqueiro Beach)

The beach is 3 km in length, surrounded by palm trees and dunes. It is a favorite for both the natives and the visitors. During low tides, the distance from the strip of sand to the sea reaches almost 1 km, forming a beautiful beach.

Praia da Barra Velha (Barra Velha Beach)

The beaches is 3 km from the urban core and has a vegetation of tall mangroves and is one of the many popular beaches on the island. It is an excellent option for those who enjoy tranquility and adventures.

Praia Grande de Salvaterra (Great Beach of Salvaterra)

On the beach, the tourists can enjoy a delightful walk, a tour along the rivers and creeks; an ecological ride through rivers and coastal areas, a carriage ride pulled by a buffalo, and also a radical trail through the mangroves.

Museu do Marajó (Marajo Museum)

The museum was designed by Giovanni Gallo, an Italian priest, and is an incredible institution that explains the life of the Marajoaras with the use of interactive devices, baptized by the creator of "the Caboclos Computers."

Furo do Miguelão (Hole of Miguelão)

It is an artificial hole, opened in the Paracauari River by a trader within the region known as Miguelão, in November of 2002. Now it is used by locals and tourists for recreational activities.

What to Do

There are several activities that are offered to tourists during their stay on the island, among them are:
  • A tour with a visit to different areas of a mangrove called Barra Velha (Wikipedia Article), a place that is known for vegetation and extraction of freshwater crab.
  • A tour by the city of Salvaterra (Wikipedia
	Article), the second largest on the island that is unique for its harbor and the Great Beach of Salvaterra are sought by the visitors.
  • Tour through the farm with various activities like horse riding, buffalo-drawn carriages, jeep rides and boat rides through the fields and the streams (with bird and animals watching).
  • Tour around Soure with visits to the main attractions of the city, including the Tannery Processing Craft (Buffalo Leather Center), and a visit to a typical Marajoara farm, where the breeding of buffalos and horses of the Marajoaras take place.

How to Get There

The only way to reach the island is from the town of Belém.
The best way to get from Belém to Marajo Island is by boat or ferry. For that, tourists should go to the terminal, Hidroviário, (Waterway Terminal) in the port area of the city or to Hidroviário do Município de Icoaraci terminal (Waterway Terminal of the Icoaraci), which is 20 km from the city center. A trip via boat to the island has a duration of around three hours.

Where to Stay

Being a popular place for tourists, the island offers different types of accommodation to suit all budgets. Among them are Fazenda Hotel Sanjo, Pousada O Canto do Francês, Hotel Casarao da Amazonia, Paracauary Eco Pousada, Hotel Marajó and others.

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Author: Laryssa Balduino. Last updated: Sep 09, 2014

Pictures of Ilha de Marajó

Praia do Pesqueiro. - Ilha de Marajó
Praia do Pesqueiro. - Ilha de Marajó. Photo by Yuri Núñez

Praia da Barra Velha - Ilha do Marajó - Ilha de Marajó
Praia da Barra Velha - Ilha do Marajó - Ilha de Marajó. Photo by Celso Abreu


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