"Ilha de Marajo" Ilha de Marajó by mircaskirca

Ilha de Marajó Travel Guide: 16 reviews and 80 photos

Ecological Delight in the Amazon Estuary

Ilha de Marajo lies in the Amazon estuary just below equator, surrounded by fresh and salt water (the rivers Amazon, Tocantins and the Atlantic Ocean), and it's the largest marine-fluvial island in the world. It was the ancient home of the Marajoaras indigenous culture, notable for their ceramic. Covering about 50.000 square km it is slightly larger than Switzerland. Most of the island is virgin jungle and wetlands. During the rainy season the entire east side of the island becomes a flooded marshland. Ironically, this is where the most of 250.000 friendly residents live. But in the dry season (June - January), the island is one of the Eastern Amazon's best destinations for jungle and rural adventures, with an emphasis on bird-watching, caiman focusing, canoe trips and buffalo rides. The western side consists predominantly of flooded forest.

There are four main towns on the island. Boats coming from Belem generally dock at Camara. Joanes is a sleepy town about 5 km off the main road. Salvaterra, where the island's best tourism facilities are located, is a favourite beach destination for residents of Belem. The most popular beach is called Praia Grande but the most beautiful is without doubt Praia do Pesqueiro. Not far from Salvaterra is the island's unofficial capital Soure which is located on the other side of a river. It's famous for its ceramic artists and buffalo ranches, which are open for guests visits and overnight stays. An interesting spot to visit is also Cashoeira do Arari, known for its incredible waterways, lakes and caboclo culture.

It's a world apart, where bicycles outnumber cars and water buffalo graze around town. According to local legend the arrival of the water buffalo was an accident, the result of the wreck of a ship traveling from India to French Guyana.

  • Last visit to Ilha de Marajó: Dec 2006
  • Intro Updated Jun 11, 2007
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  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2009 at 5:44 AM

    Paradise indeed :-)) I never saw a scarlet ibis, they are so beautiful!! And Vila do Pesquiero looks cute with the colours and the flags. Oh my, and now I am hungry.. I miss these salad sauces with tomato, onion and cilantro :-))

  • zlatiq's Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    is it as serene as it looks?

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2008 at 10:31 PM

    The scarlet ibis looks beautiful! Great tips and photos Mira, looks like a place I would enjoy visiting!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jun 11, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    I always like places where bicycles outnumber cars! And especially if there are lots of water buffalo around. I remember the water buffalo from Vietnam, so I especially enjoyed reading your tip about them and how they got to Ilha de Marajó.

  • SabrinaSummerville's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2008 at 1:43 AM

    Stunning pics of the fishing village.

  • Apr 9, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    you really are miss brazil i think! haha. you've been everywhere in this country, even to these remote parts!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    No wonder you want to keep returning to Brazil with remote places like Ilha de Marajó to visit! Very interesting tips on the Water Buffalo, mangroves and Scarlet Ibis! Reminded me a bit of my trip to Crooked Tree in Belize!

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2007 at 9:29 AM

    Interesting look at local life of the farmers & fishermen & a surprise for me with the water buffalo on the beaches!

  • vesna04's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2007 at 12:27 PM

    Such a picturesque island!!! Stunning nature, Scarlet Ibises....and all of taht put into the grat tips and excellent photos!

  • RafaelTheSecond's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2007 at 11:24 AM

    Marajo is one of the wildest places in Brazil, I also stayed in Soure and explore the wilderness through a farm, I went to the igarapés, mangroves and desert beaches of the island! half bathed by the river and the other part bathed by the Atlantic Ocean!

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