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Bathed by the fresh waters of the Amazonas and Tocantins rivers and the salty Atlantic, this Switzerland-sized island at the mouth of the Amazon lies only 60 miles northwest – a three-hour ferry ride – from Pará’s capital, Belém. The world’s largest river island, Marajó offers secluded beaches, dense mangroves filled with exotic bird life, and a trio of small, appealing towns: Soure, Salvaterra, and Joanes. It also boasts thousands upon thousands of water buffalo, which are both a source of transportation and of food (juicy steaks and creamy buffalo mozzarella are endemic and irresistible). Don’t miss a day trip – or an overnight stay – at a ...

Bathed by the fresh waters of the Amazonas and Tocantins rivers and the salty Atlantic, this Switzerland-sized island at the mouth of the Amazon lies only 60 miles northwest – a three-hour ferry ride – from Pará’s capital, Belém. The world’s largest river island, Marajó offers secluded beaches, dense mangroves filled with exotic bird life, and a trio of small, appealing towns: Soure, Salvaterra, and Joanes. It also boasts thousands upon thousands of water buffalo, which are both a source of transportation and of food (juicy steaks and creamy buffalo mozzarella are endemic and irresistible). Don’t miss a day trip – or an overnight stay – at a working buffalo farm. Marajó also possesses a strong indigenous heritage, kept alive by local festivals and artisans who fashion pottery based on the centuries-old ceramics created by their ancestors.

Michael Sommers
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Michael Sommers is the author of Moon Brazil and Moon Rio, as well as the blog Thrill of Brazil. He has been living in Salvador, Brazil since 1999.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: In the northeastern state of Para, at the mouth of the Amazon river on the Atlantic coast
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Currency: Brazilian Real
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    June-December when rains let up, exposing beaches and making travel around the island easier.