Ilha do Marajó, Brazil: Travel/Tourist Guide

Marajó is a Brazilian island found at the mouth of the Amazon river in the state of Pará. At a land area of 401,000 square meters, is the largest fluvial island in the world. It is the site of the Marajoara culture, a pre-Columbian era society. 

Getting There

Visitors can take a ferry boat from Belém. There are scheduled trips every day. From the landing, buses can take tourists to different spots.

Climate and Geography

The Atlantic Ocean is along the northeast coast of Marajó. During the rainy season, parts of the relatively flat island become flooded from the overflow of the Amazon river. There are also 20 other rivers on the island, along with palm swamps, farms, and Várzea forests. 


The pororoca is a phenomenon unique to the area. It is a tidal bore that creates waves of up to 4 meters in height. The best place to view it is on Ilha Caviana off the northern coast of Ilha de Marajó. It is very popular among tourists.

The water buffalo has long been connected to the island. It is significant as food and transportation. Tourists would be able to see the animal all over the island. There are ranches that offer buffalo rides to guests. Buffalo meat is also part of the local cuisine. 

Birdwatching is very rewarding on the island. Many species of birds can be found on the island such as the scarlet ibis, roseate spoonbills, and little blue herons.