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has been a cattle breeding state during the past 3 centuries,
step by step changed into an agriculture state by large
It is not hard to understand that this state, being far from the
coast, has no tourism culture. Like many other Brazilian states
that are not connected to the coast, touristic structures are
absent. That means that many hotspots are still to be
discovered, recognized, polished up, communicated and made
the other hand the state government has large expectations, and
believes that the state has an enormous tourism potential.
and organizations have been created to start mapping
the potential and to develop structures. At the same time the Ibama, the
organization that protects natural treasures, has an open mind
to make parks and other protected areas accessible for visitors.
Below you find a text* that shows how the government is
promoting the potential.
has Tocantins to offer at this moment ?
If you come from far, you might consider the following:
you come from around, the following possibilities are worthwile
sports like offroad and rafting.
at the Araguaia river
a weekend at the river beaches of the Araguaia and Tocantins
is a pleasant place to travel. People are friendly and
hospitable, and the roads are good. There are no breathtaking
sceneries, but the landscape is a nice mix of inhabited savanne
and pastures. To enjoy wildlife you must make an effort: you
should hike, boat and camp to encounter wild animals.
is the ideal city to stay. It is small, convenient and there are
many good hotels and restaurants. Palmas is also being
as the touristic capital of the state.
Some towns have a Centro de Atendimento ao Turista (CAT),
a small tourist office that will help you find a local guide
. Palmas (at the Cesamar Park)
. Taquarassu (near the central square)
. Formoso do Araguaia (to serve tourists visiting Ilha do
. Mateiros, São Felix, Novo Acordo and Ponte Alta
(to serve tourists visiting Jalapão)
(to serve tourists visiting the Historical Towns of Tocantins)
(to serve tourists visiting Bico do Papagaio)
The following organizations
can help you further (see section Who & Where on this website)
Secretaria de Turismo Municipal
SMUD - Secretaria Municipal de Desenv. Econômico
504 Sul - Av. LO 11 - Lt 12
Palmas - CEP 77021-670
Tel: 55 (63) 3218-5305
Secretaria de Turismo Estadual
Agência de Desenvolvimento Turístico do Tocantins - ADTUR/TO
Esplanada das Secretarias Praça dos Girassóis AANE -
Palmas - CEP: 77001-002
Tel: 55 (63) 3218-2385 / 2357
*From a folder:
The State of Tocantins has a huge ecological tourism potential,
thanks to its several natural attractíons, with breathtaking landscapes spread all
over ís territory. Its exuberant flora and wildlife are sure to
delight even the most demanding sightseer.
Apart from these, there are also historical and cultural attractions,
which are being preserved in the old towns together with their traditions and
The State's scenic variety is due to the fact that it is a
transition among the cerrado, pantanal, semi-árido and Amazon forest ecological systems,
all fusing harmoniously; creating exquisite settings.
Its main rivers, the Tocantins and Araguaia, have an extensive course,
flowing an almost parallel route dotted with beautiful surroundings,
decorating the nearby cities with a bounty of river beaches, plenty of
fish and with an enormous ecological tourism potential.
Tocantins State has many attractions to suit all tastes. Spread
over the 10 program areas in which the State has been divided
for the implementation of the regional development program, tourists
have options ranging from archeological sites to beautiful virgin river beaches, covered with fine white sands
at the Araguaia river banks, along with historical towns, mountain
ranges, savannas and other features appealing to the adventuresome
The State's several tourist destinations are far from being fully
developed to their potential, leaving ample room for growth of the
regional, national and even international ecological tourism trade.
Most of its attractions are the fascinating river beaches, islands,
falls, valleys and mountain ranges and a pleasant temperature all year
around is bringing an increasing flow of tourists. In the dry season,
when the Tocantins and Araguaia Rivers flow is reduced, several
beaches arise in an exotic scenery sunny and mild, with almost virgin
white sands. It goes from June to September, and is attracting
visitors from all over Brazil and even from abroad. During the season,
the State Government and municipal, administrations provide the basic
infrastructure like power, water and sewage lines, boats, security,
medical services, rescue, telephone, banks, sports arenas and stages
for shows and presentations.
Because of its huge touristpotential, Tocantins is wide open to
investments. The Government offers all support to prospective investors, including
project elaboration and analysis, information on the specific project
and assistance in getting financing with (Federal Government Credit
Agencies and with commercial banks. There are several opportunities in
lodging, catering, tours, transport, health, communications, sport,
cultural and leisure activities, theme and water parks, social and
sports clubs, personnel training, camping, hunting and fishing clubs.
In one of the most paradisiacal sites, on the Araguaia river right
bank at Bananal Island Extreme North, the State Government, together with private
investors, is carrying on a pioneering ecological tourism project, the
"Cantão Project”, with a lodging complex, airfield and a
complete leisure structure for even the most demanding tourist. To
preserve the fragile environment, access to the project will only be
possible by river or from the air.
With so many investment opportunities, the State is implementing a
Tourism Policy satisfying the visitors while protecting the State's
cultural heritage and preserving the environment.