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Getting There -- The only reason to go to Marajó is to stay at one of the hotel fazendas. Though there are two small towns -- Selvaterra and Soure -- close together on the eastern shore of the island, they are not in themselves worth a long ferry ride. (It's worth spending 1 night in Soure to get a feel for the local culture and community and enjoy a day at the beach, Marajó-style.) Most of the fazendas will include transportation in your package, which you should arrange ahead of time either with the hotel fazenda or through a tour agency such as Amazon Star Turismo, Rua Henrique Gurjão 236 (tel. 091/3241-8624; www.amazonstar.com.br).

Ferries -- There's a Belém-Selvaterra passenger ferry, run by Araparí Navegação, Rua Siquiera Mendes 120 (tel. 091/3242-1570), departing from Portão 10 (downstream of the Estação das Docas). Departures are Monday through Saturday at 6:30am and 2:30pm, Sundays at 10am. The trip takes 3 to 4 hours and costs R$15. To reach Soure from the ferry dock in Camará is about a 30-minute bus ride (R$7) and then a 5-minute ferry ride (free for passengers). Competition for the public bus is fierce; better to have your transport arranged beforehand with a lodge or pousada.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.