Replace the asphalt streets with fine white sand, exchange the buildings and businesses of the big city for traditional caiçara houses, some with thatched roofs, almost all of them suspended on stilts by the beach. Take all cars and motorcycles off the street, replace traffic with the calm coming and going of herons, seagulls and flocks of Amazonian birds that roam the beach as if they were the only inhabitants of this magical island. Surprising, isn't it? This is Algodoal, an island located in Pará.

On the sandy streets, certainly only the calm movement of the few 'taxi-carretes' – the only local alternatives that serve as a vehicle. There is no noise from the car, the horn or any engine. In fact, here you can set up your hammock on the beach and relax listening only to the noise of the wind and waves, enjoy yourself without any worries. There is no violence or crowds outside the high seasons, everything is still very traditional and simple.

high seasons

The scenery can change a bit around the holidays, when the island can eventually become overcrowded. It is not always, but if the idea is tranquility, choose the dates of your trip well – even in high seasons, the village does not lose its charm and all the traditional air is still maintained.

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Bars and restaurants mostly offer dishes and snacks based on fish and seafood, including other traditional options such as tacacá, tapioca, couscous and a lot of açaí with fried fish, a very common combination in the state. All with that undeniably rural atmosphere, being almost always served in familiar environments with rustic structures, but very pleasant.

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Arriving in the village of Algodoal, on the island of Maiandeua. Photo: Gustavo Albano

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Houses and businesses suspended on the seafront of the village of Algodoal. Photo: Gustavo Albano

Location

Departing from Belém, capital of For, it takes about 3.5 hours by land to the coastal village of Maruda, in the city of Maracanã. Then it continues for another 45 minutes sailing in a straight line, aboard a regional wooden boat, until arriving at the first village and the gateway to the island of Maiandeua, the village of cotton. This region is located on the northern coast of Brazil. Bathed by the Atlantic Ocean and rivers, it also forms part of the largest mangrove coast in the world.

The entire region is cut by streams, rivers and small inlets that dry up four times a day, so the landscape varies according to the influence of the tide. In addition, the island has four small villages, all on the sand, without asphalt and with little public lighting at night.

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Aerial view of Praia da Princessinha, the second beach in Algodoal, Pará. Photo: Gustavo Albano

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The “taxi-carretes” that serve as transport in the village. Photo: Gustavo Albano

rustic structure

Don't expect to find luxury hotels, resorts or fancy restaurants. Simple huts still serve as housing for natives and fishermen on some beaches on the island. Visit the villages and feel the calm of a paradise island, in extreme contact with the impeccable nature of the northern region of Brazil, getting to know some of the most traditional communities in the state of For. In all four villages you will find accommodation in inns, campsites and hammocks, the largest concentration being in the village of Algodoal.

cotton, being the main village that make up the region, ends up being the best known and often overlaps the real name of the island of Maiandeua. This is one of those destinations for those who want to understand the real meaning of the word “quiet”, being in a completely isolated region, far from any major tourist infrastructure. But don't worry, you won't miss any of that as soon as you step on the island and understand a little of this peaceful routine of the natives. Grocery stores and small markets sell what is necessary for food and hygiene, but everything is still very simple and perhaps that is what pleases visitors even more.

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View of the entrance to Algodoal village. Photo: Gustavo Albano

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Aerial image of the main village. Photo: Gustavo Albano

Take the opportunity to walk along the beach in the early morning and in the evening. During low tide, leaving the village of Algodoal on the left side, you pass the paradisiacal beaches of Princessinha and Princesa, bordered by small dunes and undergrowth. During the week or in low seasons, the island is almost without movement, with only the few fishermen who live on the island and still have this activity as their main source of income.

recommendations

Dive peacefully. Whether on the beach or in the channels that fill at high tide or even in the lagoons that form freshwater pools after the rainy season. On weekends, carimbó groups and occasional parties tend to rock the island. The internet signal is scarce and only works for a few operators and in strategic points on the island. Signal coverage is poor, but it currently works for making calls. Because of the signal, it is recommended to bring cash, as the card machines do not always work and there are no banks, lottery shops, post offices, exchange offices or other options to withdraw money. Remember that Algodoal is on an Amazonian island, relatively isolated and with serious restrictions as it is an area of environmental protection.

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During low tide, sandbars appear between the beaches of Algodoal. Photo: Gustavo Albano

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Almost always a paradise, Algodoal, in Pará, is a perfect island to relax. Photo: Gustavo Albano

Life has a few blocks, all of which are feet on the sand. Algodoal – Pará. Photo: Gustavo Albano

The island is small and in all, including the four villages, there are no more than 2,000 inhabitants scattered throughout this territory. Each of the villages has its own peculiarity, after Algodoal, the village of Fortalezinha is formed by two beaches and starts in the sequence of Princessinha and Princesa beaches, both in Algodoal. As said by the residents themselves, Fortalezinha is more inaccessible for tourists and ends up attracting travelers looking for an even more rooted experience.

Carimbo presentations

Sleeping in the hammock enjoying the moonlight on the edge of the beach and listening to the stories of the natives about the island, is one of the programs that are not lacking in this village. Fortalezinha is also known for offering the most traditional carimbó presentations on the island, always on weekends. Rustic bars also take over the village's second beach, where the boat leaves for the next communities, the villages of Camboinha and Mocooca. This stretch between the two villages can be done by boat or walking, on a trail with an average duration of 1 hour.

Since 1990, Algodoal has been transformed into an APA – Environmental Protection Area, as a result of a proposal made by the Pará Department of the Environment, which sought to preserve the island's biodiversity even more in this alternative. A perfect place to walk barefoot and relax peacefully on a true island paradise. If you are looking to spend a few days of absolute peace somewhere different, this could be the ideal destination for your next vacation.

Many birds, some migratory, use the island as a stopping and breeding point. Photo: Gustavo Albano

Flights are frequent and occur mainly in the early morning and late afternoon. Photo: Gustavo Albano

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