There are streets with only humble houses where the local people still live very simple. I enjoyed walking around and observing the life: happy children playing on the street, their parents busy with different work and the whole families taking a rest in front of the house. I came across many horse-drawn carriages transporting people from one part...more
Algodoal is the name of the biggest of all four villages existing in the island and it is the main village. It's the one with the best accommodations and infrastructure for tourists, and consequently the one that recives more visitors and tourists. This is where some little shops, simple bars, restaurants and pousadas are located. Along the sandy...more
Various bird species can be spotted on Ilha de Algodoal, as seagulls, herons, scarlet ibis, urubu and many more. The best thing is that you can see the birds almost everywhere. I was amazed by the floks of flying birds, especially on deserted beach of Fortalezinha village, and many held-up along the water. I could in fact come very close to them....more
That day I wanted to stay only on Princess beach. I walked the whole beach and really enjoyed it! It was already a lunch time so I decided to start looking for a nice place to eat. There are several simple restaurants (stilted framehouses) that serve food and drink. I've chosen Mata Broca. Later in the evening, it was actually a Christmas eve, I...more
It was about midday when we arrived to Fortalezinha village and Marcelo first showed me around the village. As I was becoming hungry he brought me to the local bar, owned by his friend. The place is simple and very pleasant. It is located by the sea, surrounded with tropical trees. Most people come there for a drink. The owner was really friendly;...more
On the night of my arrival to the island and after a long journey I was actually too tired to search for any other restaurant. So I decided to dine at the restaurant of the pousada where I was staying. I had grilled fish (which was in fact hard to get because they are used to fried one, but they prepared it specially for me as the owner wanted to...more
Nights are very generous on Ilha de Algodoal. They offer a lot of entertainment at the same time as they offer tranquility for those looking for silence, meditation...
On weekends and on holidays when more Brazilians visit the island, there are parties on every corner of the village, from reggae, carimbo, brega, MPB, pagode to rock.
In the time of my staying on Ilha de Algodoal, Raizes de Mangue was the most visited place. I went there with some local people I met. Although they were playing mostly reggae music which indeed is not my favourite style, I enjoyed talking to people, dancing, drinking caipirinhas... After all, it was Christmas time!!
Raizes do Mangue is certainly a must-visit place while you are on the island!!
Reaching Ilha de Algodoal is half the fun! The jumping-off point is the small town of Maruda, a four-hour bus ride from Belem. In my case it took more than five hourse because of so many stops that we made. Rapido Excelsior company has several buses daily. Buy a ticket a day before (if possible) and catch one that leaves early in the morning to ensure that you don't have to stay the night in Maruda.
The bus leaves you close to the port (actually it is no more than a wooden jetty) where a fourty-minute boat crossing takes you to Ilha do Algodoal. If you are lucky you can see many dophins that sometimes come very close to the boat. I was quite lucky on the way back and saw many of them! I really enjoyed looking at them playing around :))
The rough ocean tides make it impossible for ferryboats to make it to the island, so there are no cars and the island remains pristine and rustic. Arriving at Algodoal you will be met by a number of mule-pulled carts that brings you to the village.
There are no cars on the island. The main vehicle are carriages drawn by horses and sometimes even by donkeys. Consequently there is neither sonorous pollution nor polluting exhausts. The island provide more than 40 registered carriages. They bring you about everywhere, even to the most distant and out-of-the-way locations, and they come back to...more
Fine white sand, emerald green waters, small natural pools that are formed at the low tide, mangroves, seagulls, scarlet ibis... This is the secluded beach of Fortalezinha village. With 7 km of extension, it is excellent for strolling around, cycling, playing football, observing the variety of bird spicies and even sport fishing. Definitely my kind...more
After quite a long walk we arrived to Fortalezinha village. First of all, we stopped at Marcelo's house. He was proud to tell me that he constructed it on his own. He left the bicycle there and picked some mangaba fruit from the tree for me, after we went on as he wanted to show me the village. Fortalezinha is a little settlement of very friendly...more
Fortalezinha is a small village on the other side of the island. I've got various info regarding the time needed to get there, from 45 minutes to two hours, and everybody recommended to take a guide. After getting to know about the route in details, I knew I could do it on my own. It was actually quite simple. I had to follow the electric conduit...more