The size of this huge island is roughly igual to Switzerland, meaning that the distances are not short, but that doesn't make it any less interesting as a destination. When it comes to tourism, the village of Souré is the best place to stay in. This is where is the most beautiful beaches and the famous farms (fazenda) are located in. Souré offers charming accommodation options and is also an excellent place to start eco-tourism adventures no matter whether you are interested in birdwatching or horseback riding. Ilha do Marajó is one of the few places where you still can enjoy the peace and the harmony of nature without being disturbed.
LOCATION: Ilha do Marajó is formated by several islands separated by rivers. There are daily ferry boats and a catamaran connecting the state capital Belem to the island of Salvaterra (the port of Camará). The distance is roughly 80 km and depending on the weather conditions the trip takes about 2½-3½ hours.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Very humid weather during the first 6 months of the year. The rainiest season from the end of December until April should be avoided.
WHAT TO DO: Enjoy the most beautiful beaches of the island, Praia do Pesqueiro and Barra Velha. Visit one of the famous buffalo farms and try out some eco-adventures such as light hiking in the nature, a buffalo ride or river excursions. Explore the wonders of eco-tourism and enjoy birdwatching, the red Guarás (Scarlet Ibis) are impressive and worth observing. The city of Joanes is also worth visiting if you have some extra time. The beach itself is beautiful and some of the oldest ruins of the island can be found from here.
For further information and tips read our blog post " Eco-tourism and desert beaches at Ilha do Marajó"