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Lagoa de Confusão

It is the name of the lake and the name of the village as well.  The sandy beach of 1km at the village is bordered with a well prepared area of grass and is ideal for a barbeque with the family. Also you find various bars and restaurants. The water is very undeep for a long distance, so it is also ideal for children. It is not surprising that you encounter many families and groups, coming  from as far as Palmas, having a good time with barbeques and radios. 

For a one day trip from Palmas it is not worth visiting, as it takes 3 hours driving. For eco tourism a longer stay is worthwile. At the village you will find guides who bring you to the interesting places nearby. They will show you other lakes and wild animals.

Climate: Dry with temperatures varying between 22°C and 28°C. The rain season is from Octobre to May. 
Distance from Palmas: 232km
Habitants: 5000
Nabour villages: Cristalândia, Pium, Dueré, Ilha do Bananal. 
Hotels: see below 
Touristic information: Prefeitura Municipal, phone 063- 8641148
Road: Rodovia TO-230, from Lagoa da Confusão to Cristalândia 
Airstrip: Unpaved, 1km

The area was discovered by adventurers who travelled long distances for hunting and fishing. They found a swamp and it was not clear if there was actually a lake. That confusion gave the name.
In 1941 a group leaded by Bartolomeu Barros found the lake by accident. In 1967 he moved to live at the lakeside, as he liked the beautiful nature and the quantity of fish. More people moved and started a village. In 1991 the municipality Lagoa da Confusão was born, seperated from the municipality Cristalândia.

Economical growth
Initially the village was growing for 2 reasons: the discovery of chalkstone and the finishing of the road that connected the village Barreira da Cruz to the Ilha do Bananal. People build ovens to make chalk and up to now the main industrial activity is the manufacturing of chalk.
The area is very suitable for agriculture as the plains are crossed by many small rivers. You find plantages with rice and soja, but also cattle-breeding. The area is crossed by the rivers Urubu, Formoso, Javaé e Araguaia and is ideal for ecotourism. The village is part of the Amptur - Associação Brasileira dos Municípios com Potencial Turístico.

The lake
The lake is natural and has a diameter of 4,5 km and a maximum depth of 3m. Near the village are beaches of fine sand. A boat trip will bring you to the other side of the lake. There is a rock that seems to float while you pass by, a fenomenon that added to the name of the lake. Nearby the rock is a nice lakeside with jungle: if you are lucky you see monkees jumping.
The vegetation at the riversides consist mainly of Buriti palms.
Near the village is one of the best equiped touristic clubs of the state: Lagoa da Ilha Praia Clube. Here you can practice nautic sports.

An exotic lake with hundreds of birds live together: jaburus, garças brancas, mergulhões, tetéus, gaviões, urubus and colhereiros (garça rosa). The best time to go is from June to September. It is 45km from the village, following the direction Fazenda Conag. and then cross the river Rio Urubu, following an unpaved road.

A tree with the width of 15 meters catches your eye. It is in the middle of a square with green grass like a garden. The yellow flowers against a background of the blue sky are beautiful.
It is 20km from the village. Direction Barreira da Cruz, cross the river Rio Javaé, following on the island a road with difficult access.

A large turistic complex with appartments and a campsite. It is located at the lakeside, near the village, and offers nautic equipment like boats and kajaks. It has also a swimming pool and sporting facilities.

A cave in limestone of 1km extension with various rooms and exotic stalactite forms. The cave has a religious value for the local people. The cave can only be visited in the dry season. It is 3km from the village. Direction Gurupi, following a road to a chalk mine. From there following a path of 500m to the cave entrance.

Prefeitura Municipal, phone  063- 8641148
Lagoa da Ilha Praia Clube  063- 8641110
Hotel da Ilha 063- 8641150
Hotel Pousada Ladypleo 063- 8641118