Marajó Island is in the state of Pará, and is located at the meeting of the Amazon River with the Atlantic Ocean. It is the main island of the Marajó Archipelago, and its main characteristic is that it is a coastal island of the fluviomaritime type, or maritime-fluvial, bathed both by river waters (Amazon River, Pará and Tocantins) and by ocean waters (Atlantic Ocean). It is considered the largest in the world. The distance between Marajó Island and the city of Belém is 90 km, which can be covered by river via a boat.
Before the arrival of the Portuguese, the island of Marajó was already inhabited by indigenous populations who lived in advanced societies, and dominated the art of modeling clay, producing, Marajoara ceramics, a tradition of the island of Marajó that survives today thanks to the skills of Marajó artisans. The little that is known about the former residents comes from the archaeological sites found on the island. One of the highlights of the island is also the concentration of the largest herd of buffalo in Brazil. According to IBGE’s Municipal Livestock Survey (PPM), Pará had about 520 thousand heads (38% of the national total) in 2016, of which more than 320 thousand were on the north and northeast coast of the island.
The island’s cuisine is quite surprising. The most popular dishes are the Filé Marajoara, served with melted buffalo mozzarella, the Frito do Vaqueiro, which comes with fraldinha or minguinha (rib meat) cooked and accompanied by a mush of milk. Buffalo meat is also a local brand, as its inhabitants are breeders of the animal. Other highlights are also the turu broth, a typical mangrove mollusk and succulent fish. For dessert, it is common for exotic fruit ice creams from the region such as uxi, bacuri, taperebá and cajarana.
The legacy left by the Marajoara Indians contributes a lot to the local culture and attracts tourists interested in the pottery produced by the former residents. The place has museums that show the fine arts in vases, jars and kitchen utensils and even funerary urns. In addition to the archaeological heritage found, this place also has cultural events such as the typical dances called carimbó and lundu, these dances are inspired by events of African and indigenous origins.
The island is home to a wide variety of fish and birds. The archipelago offers many activities in the middle of nature, carried out on the farms, among which the observation of guarás (typical red feathered bird), fishing, alligator spotting and boat trips through the streams.
Some of the main attractions of the island are:
Praia Grande: Located in Salvaterra, the large beach is one of the most frequented by tourists, and is quiet for both bathing and walking.
Praia de Joanes: The beach is the only one in Vila de Joanes, which still has Jesuit ruins from the time of Brazil’s colonization, and has restaurants, bars and hammocks.
Pesqueiro Beach: Located in Soure, the beach is the place where you can enjoy the Marajó gastronomy, take photos with buffalo for around R $ 5.00 and even buy local handicrafts.
Praia do Jubim: Located between Salvaterra and Joanes, the beach has fresh water. The tide recedes at about 10 am and starts to return from 7 pm. The place is very beautiful and has restaurant options too.
Buffaloes: Symbols of the island, the animals are seen in large herds in the extensive plains or dispersed in the modest urban areas, where they are used as a taxi and mount for the police. Visitors can take a ride on the animal.
Historic village of Monsarás: Located in Salvaterra, it is one of the largest settlements coming from the village of the Indians in Marajó. Place where the stone church and the well built by the Jesuits once existed.
Paracauari River: Access to this attraction is made by river via a vessel. Upon entering the Miguelhão well, it is possible to see the floodplain and Igapó forest. The tour is ideal to get to know the island better and observe the vegetation it has.
Bom Jesus Farm: Located in Soure, the farm is typical of Marajoara with vegetation composed of primary and secondary forest, mangrove and field area. It has horses and buffalo breeding which are local attractions.
M’barayó: One of the ceramic centers, located in Soure where it is possible to have explanations about the history of Marajoara ceramics, it is also where there is a variety of handicrafts produced and sold by the island’s artisans.
São Jerônimo Farm: The farm became very famous because of the No Limite program and the Globo network soap opera that were recorded on the site, and today it is a tourist attraction for visitors who want to know the place and also take walks with buffalo.
The cities of Soure and Salvaterra are the main tourist destinations on Marajó Island.
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