Palmas has no tourist information office. General information is available at your hotel. An other option is to visit one of the travel agencies in Palmas.
Some book stands sell little books about Tocantins, but these will be in Portuguese. Maps are very hard to find, except for a city map, available at the hotels. If you book at one of the more expensive hotels, you can expect to get some touristic information at the desk. At least they will have a city map for you.
If you want information about the region around Palmas, you could talk to CATUR (Centro de Atendimento ao Turista). They have an office at the Cesamar Park and can arrange a guide for you. We recommend you to hire a guide. These guys are trained well and know the area. Best is to make an appointment for the next day, so you can set off early while it is still cool. Prices are moderate.
If you want printed information, then visit the government departments called ‘Secretarias’ in Palmas center, e.g. Turismo, Communicação, Seplan or Cultura. At these places you will receive various leaflets, dvd´s and CDroms. Try to locate the IBGE in Palmas, at this institute you can buy maps. Some travel agencies in Palmas can help you with organised trips. See below.
Some travel agencies can book you for organised trips to Jalapão or Cantão. Brazilians book hotels and pousadas at their travel agency, and much less via the internet.
These trips are only organised now and then, so check the agencies well in advance. The trips can be canceled, when the agency does not find enough participants.
The agencies are in Palmas center.
Autêntica Turismo (63) 3225 6000
Bananal Ecotour (63) 3028 4200
Banser (63) 3215 5334
Batista Pereira (63) 3215 1228
Korubo Overland (11) 3582 6968
Mais Turismo Paraíso (63) 3361 3167
Max Tur (63) 3215 2457
Norte Tur (63) 3215 4957
40° no Cerrado (63) 3215 8313
Ricanato Viagem e Turismo (63) 3215 2040
Summer Time Turismo (63) 3602 3732