Top things to do

Seafood in Salvaterra

Restaurante Umuarama

Serves up shrimp, fish and buffalo dishes during the daytime, and pizza at night, in a low-key open-air dining area. Located a short walk from Praia Grande, this is a popular and less expensive alternative to restau…
Brazilian in Soure

Restaurante Patú Anu

A simple, reliable menu and a convenient location make this a popular eatery among locals, first-timers and repeat visitors alike. Large servings of chicken, beef, fish or shrimp, plus rice and beans.
Seafood in Joanes


One of a handful of beach restaurants serving the Marajoana favorites of grilled fish and buffalo steaks.
Brazilian in Salvaterra

Pousada Bosque dos Aruãs

Salvaterra's best hotel also has its best lunch and dinner menu. True, dishes like fish with shrimp sauce or breaded buffalo steak can be had anywhere on the island, but the food and presentation here are surprising…
Brazilian in Soure

Pousada Restaurante Ilha Bela

Fresh typical Marajoara fare, including fried fish and buffalo steak, served in an breezy corner dining area. There's live music on Friday evenings.
Brazilian in Soure

Café Soare

Run by an earnest French expat, this small but excellent restaurant has just a few tables in its attractive dining area and a few more on the sidewalk. The buffalo steak with Gorgonzola cream sauce is a favorite, pl…
International in Ilha de Marajó

Hotel Casarão da Amazônia

It's no surprise that the island's nicest hotel also has its most sophisticated restaurant. It's not easy to attract experienced staff to this culinary hinterland, but the Italian owner's efforts have paid off. The …
Ceramics in Soure

Cerâmica Mbara-yo

This is the modest shop of ceramicist Carlos Amaral, who combines traditional Aruã and Marajoara ceramic traditions with award-winning results. You can have a short tour of the workshop to see how the pieces are mad…