In the extreme southeast of the State of Tocantins, approximately 300 km from Palmas, you will find the city of Mateiros. There you can count on accommodation with modest infrastructure, with options of camping and inns. There are also restaurants with homemade food (simple dishes, such as rice, beans and chicken) and the main attraction: the exuberance of the city's nature!
Mateiros is home to one of the greatest adventure destinations in the country, the Jalapão State Park. Recognized nationally and internationally for its beautiful landscape and clear waters, orange sand dunes, waterfalls and rapids, large plateaus and many animals, such as toucans, deer and jaguars. Because it is an area that is difficult to access, its nature is well preserved and almost untouched by humans. The main attractions in the Park are the waterfalls Velha and Formiga.
Another great natural attraction in Mateiros is the Fervedouro. In the midst of the white sand, you find a small pool of bubbling crystal clear blue water, surrounded by the green of the banana trees. There is a lot of pressure in the area, a phenomenon called up-welling, which prevents the body from sinking while swimming and diving. A very pleasant and fun experience that is worth the visit.
In Mateiros there is the Mumbuca Village, formed by calungas – a name assigned to the descendants of African slaves. They have the tradition of making handicrafts with golden grass, a golden color plant, typical of the region, almost metallic in appearance. The golden grass straw is used by skilled craftsmen to make pieces such as baskets, handbags, necklaces and beautiful decorative objects.
Personal or rental vehicles
In Jalapão there are many roads of sand and dust, so it is recommended that you use only four-wheel drive (4x4) vehicles. This map may help you to travel through the region. Some companies in Palmas offer sightseeing tours in 4x4 cars.
The area code (DDD) for Mateiros is 63.
Mateiros City Hall: +55 (63) 3534-1008 / +55 (63) 3534-1002
Ponte Alta of Tocantins Tourist Service Center: + 55 (63) 3378-1185
Department of Environment and Tourism: +55 (63) 3534-1008 / +55 (63) 3534-1102
Take cash, in Brazilian Reals, in the city there are no banks and only few places accept credit cards.
Due to the hot temperatures, the ideal choice is to use light clothing.
To enter Brazil, vaccination against any type of illness is not mandatory. However, vaccination against yellow fever (a disease transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes) is recommended before your trip. If you have never taken the vaccine, you need to take it up to 10 days before the trip (this time period is not necessary if you have already been vaccinated).