Situated on the left margin of the Tocantins River, it had its population started in 1818. Unlike most other towns, gold was not what brought people over, but its rich soil, wood abundance and the “babaςuais”.
Hitherto, agriculture, cattle raising along with small business make the economy. Tourism is already showing signs of strength through private enterprise investiments.
“Ribeirão Grande” is a tourism complex of private water resorts located in Ribeirão Grande River, 6 km off downtown. The natural scenery is unbelievable. A typically thick amazon vegetation on one side, and on the other, large scattered fruit trees like buriti, coconut, macaúa, ienipapo, mutamba, cinzeiro, cupuaçu, ingá, cashew and many others. Like its rich flora so it is its fauna.
Amidst watering places, stands out Elaide: an ecological resort with10 lodges and 26 bungalows, all roofed with straw. The surroundings were originally kept and crystal clear waters run around the bungalows showing fish in the bottom of the river. Guests have access to barbecue grill, bars, snack places, dance hall and sports like volleyball and soccer.
Tocantinópolis has also beautiful beaches. Choices are between busy, crowded places with facilities or calm, quiet, ecological spots with turtles and virgin vegetation.
Fernando Beach is the most popular beach. It is located 1 km from downtown at the left margin of Tocantins River. Here tourists will find the convenience of camping facilities.
Ipapecônia Beach lays along 4 km of white sand and the Tocantins vegetation with its birds and otheí animals. It’s 20km from the city.
Tauri Beach has the uItimate in ecotourism. Fresh-water turtles and tortoise fascinate a passer-by. It is also great for fishing. It’s a 3 hour trip going down Tocantins River.
Religious belief is part of the Tocantinópolis people.
There’s a special location for “Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes” (Our Lady of Seamen): “llha Santa” (Holy Island). According to residents, ever since the statue was put on top of a stone altar, 50 years ago, floods were never high enough to cover the statue. They believe that if it otherwise happens
Tocantinópolis will be inundated. The island sits across from town at a 10 minutes boat ride.
For accommodation there’s one hotel with 26 beds besides camping areas on the beach and water resorts. Restaurants can serve up to 2.500 people offering the best of regional cuisine with delicious tish dishes.