The beaches of Araguaia and Tocantins rivers ensure great fun in high season

23/03/2016 - Maria José Batista / Government of Tocantins

The state of Tocantins is crossed by two of the largest rivers in Brazil, Tocantins and Araguaia, one of its tributaries. Each one limits the state in a different side, and they meet in the northernmost region, called Bico de Papagaio. Nevertheless, the state has other large rivers - Manuel Alves, Manuel Alves Grande, Sono, Javaés - that are very significant, both for agribusiness and for tourism, be it for the practice of water sports, recreational fishing or simply to enjoy the sun in the dry season.

In this time of the year, that lasts from May to October or, depending on climatic variations, from April to September, the waters of the rivers recede and large sand banks appear, creating beaches of fine white sand either on the islands or on the shores of the river. During the school’s vacations in July, temporary infrastructure is built for tourists on many of these beaches, with camping tents, pubs, restaurants, sports facilities and a stage for cultural presentations. The installation of all structure, with electricity, bathrooms and treated water is supervised by the Fire Department and the Health Surveillance Agency.

Those who prefer their own island can set camp in one of the numerous stretches of beach that pop out in the middle of the river when the waters go down. The tour can begin in Palmas, where the most popular beaches are Prata, Graciosa, Arnos and Caju. In other towns, we can highlight Praia da Gaivota, in Araguacema; Tartaruga, in Peixe; Porto Real, in Porto Nacional; Ilha Verde, in Lajeado; Sono, in Pedro Afonso; Mirassol, in Miracema; Lagoa da Confusão, in the town with the same name; Ilha Grande, in Araguanã; Escapole and Murici, in Xambioá; Fofoca, in Pau D’Arco, and so many others in different towns and rivers.

Valley of Great Rivers

The region is located in the north of the state, between two of the largest Brazilian rivers, Tocantins and Araguaia, and encompasses the cities of Araguaína, Babaçulândia, Filadélfia, Itacajá, Pau D’Arco and Wanderlândia. 

Araguaína - 385 km from Palmas, on BR-153 highway, Araguaína is on the shores of tributaries of Tocantins river and has a strong economy based on agribusiness. The city has booming commerce and high quality restaurants, and in its surrounding, waterfalls that can be visited year round. In the dry season - May to October - there are fresh water beaches nearby with easy access, such as Urubu, Porcos and Genésio. 

Babaçulância - 60 km from Araguaína and 463 km from Palmas, the city stands on the shores of a lake formed by Tocantins river, and has permanent beaches and good hotels.

Filadélfia - a quaint city with approximately 10 thousand inhabitants, it is on the right shore of Tocantins river and in addition to its waterfalls, it has Coqueiro beach in the dry season, with tourism infrastructure in the month of July.

Itacajá - it is where the Indigenous reservation Krahô is located. In July, there is an event called Rally das Águas, which takes place in Manoel Alves river, and in the high season it has Orla beach. It is also in July that the traditional horse ride takes place, with hundreds of participants and visiting groups from neighboring cities.

Pau D’Arco - the name of the city derives from a tree that is abundant in the region and has medicinal properties, also known as Ipê Amarelo. It is on the shores of Araguaia river, on the border with the state of Pará. The main attractions are lake Vargem Limpa, Fofoca beach and the chapel Serra do Avião. You can practice extreme sports and water sports, and also contemplate the beautiful landscape from the top of the mountain range.

Wanderlândia - the largest city around Araguaína, it has approximately 10 thousand inhabitants, and offers many options for ecotourism. It has 32 waterfalls and many caverns and caves. Its most popular touristic spot is Serra de São Félix mountain range, with quartz sands and rock formation that indicate river and waterfalls already extinct.