Tourist points of the municipality of Mataraca PB

Mataraca PB - Camaratuba River
Mataraca PB – Camaratuba River

Anyone visiting the municipality of Mataraca should not miss the Igreja Matriz do Bom Jesus, take a walk along the Camaratuba river, take a bath in Lagoa Encantada (a mirror of crystalline water surrounded by mangabeiras), Praia Barra de Camaratuba and visit the Parque Ecology of the Uçá Crab.

You can't miss one of the most beautiful beaches on the north coast of Paraíba, Barra de Camaratuba. Approximately 11 km from the city, it has cozy inns and an idyllic landscape, as well as a wonderful bath at the mouth of the Camaratuba River.

One of the attractions that enchant tourists is the meeting of the waters of the Camaratuba River with the sea. At low tide, you can cross the mouth on foot and visit the beaches of the indigenous reserve in the region.

Barra de Camaratuba also offers a huge area of ​​mangroves where it is possible to take ecological tours and walk along the Camaratuba river.

Ecological trails are also part of the main activities offered to visitors. One of them is the 'Trilha do Parque Ecológico do Caranguejo-Uçá' which starts inside the mangrove and runs along a part of the Camaratuba River and the tour ends at the sea.

The municipality of Mataraca in Paraíba extends over 184,3 km² and had 8 inhabitants in the last census. The demographic density is 434 inhabitants per km² in the territory of the municipality.

Neighboring the municipalities of Baía da Traição, Canguaretama and Rio Tinto, Mataraca is located 23 km north-east of Rio Tinto, the largest city in the surroundings.

Mataraca is 118 km from João Pessoa – PB and 123 km from Christmas -RN  

History of Mataraca PB

Mataraca's history has always been linked to Mamanguape, of which it was a part. He participated in the apogee of this when Mamanguape was the center of commerce in the state. It all starts with the installation of “Sítio Mataraca”, which was a great producer of sugar cane and cotton.
The first chapel was built with money collected by a missionary nun, who settled in the same place where the mother church is today.
Among the popular manifestations are the “Festa do Padroeiro Bom Jesus”, which is celebrated with nine festive nights, from the 23rd to the 31st of December, taking thousands of faithful to the streets, and the traditional “Feast of São Sebastião”, which takes place during the month of January.
On June 17, the political emancipation of the municipality is celebrated.

Tourist Points of Mataraca PB

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1. Senhor Bom Jesus Parish

Parish of Senhor Bom Jesus Mataraca in Mataraca PB
Parish of Senhor Bom Jesus Mataraca in Mataraca PB
Map of Paraíba Beaches
Map of Paraíba Beaches

The Parish of Senhor Bom Jesus, based in the municipality of Mataraca, was erected on April 18, 1994, by the then Archbishop of Paraíba D. José Maria Pires.

Having as territory all the municipality of Mataraca, with its current limits and parts of the municipalities of Mamanguape and Rio Tinto.

It is said that in the middle of the century. XVIII the first chapel was built with the help of a missionary nun and was located in the same place as the current Matrix.

And that the religious devotion to Bom Jesus in Mataraca was due to the miracle that Senhor Francisco (a well-known man in the region, a practicing Catholic, was part of the brotherhood of the Heart of Jesus) experienced through the intercession of Bom Jesus.

2. Barra de Camaratuba

Meeting of the river with the sea in Barra de Camaratuba, in Mataraca in PB
Meeting of the river with the sea in Barra de Camaratuba, in Mataraca in PB

Located in the municipality of mataraca, to 110 km of João Pessoa and very close to the limit with the Rio Grande do Norte, this fishing village is considered the last district on the north coast of the state and boasts attractions such as beaches with a strip of sand that marks the limits between the sea and the river, walks through lagoons, trails inside a mangrove swamp and visits to indigenous communities.

The beach, which has high and “wild” tides, is known for having one of the best spots for surfing and kitesurfing in Paraiba.

The site has already hosted several national sports championships and offers classes to visitors.

A Camaratuba Bar is at the north end of treason bay and, for that very reason, it has characteristics of the dunes that are typically found in Rio Grande do Norte.

3. Guaju river

On the Guaju River, located on the border between Paraíba and Rio Grande do Norte, visitors can practice ziplining.

4. Enchanted Lagoon

Enchanted Lagoon in Baía da Traição PB
Enchanted Lagoon in Baía da Traição PB

One of the main attractions in the region is the Enchanted Lagoon, much sought after by tourists for its beauty.

The lagoon has practically transparent waters, which are ideal for bathing and, together with the preserved nature that surrounds it, gives the place a special charm. To get there, you have to go along the trails of the cliffs of Cardosas, in a light walk of approximately one hour.

Lagoa Encantada has a mirror of crystal clear water surrounded by mangaba trees.

5. Caranguejo-Uçá Ecological Park 

The trail takes place in this preserved area of ​​178 hectares, in Barra do Camaratuba, district of the municipality of Mataraca, approximately 110 km from João Pessoa.

Created by Ivan Burity, president of the NGO SOS Crab Uçá, it is an ecological awareness project and preservation of this endangered species.

According to the IB-USP (Institute of Biosciences of the University of São Paulo), between Amapá and Santa Catarina, Brazil is home to more than 10 km² of mangrove forests, one of the largest extensions of this ecosystem in the world.

Poor in vegetation, but rich in nutrients, the mangrove is ideal terrain for the reproduction and breeding of marine and terrestrial species, originating more than 95% of the food that humans find in the sea.

6. Uçá Crab Trail 

Considered one of the wildest stretches of Paraíba, Barra do Camaratuba is located in the extreme north of the state and is the address of the Uçá Caranguejo Trail, a hike that begins in shallow waters of a mangrove swamp, follows the current of the river and ends at the mouth of Camaratuba, in full beach.

There are about 3 kilometers of trail, much of it floating in waters that reach up to six meters deep and meander through dense forests of aerial roots that hurl themselves over soggy soil.

Uçá Crab Trail in Barra do Camaratuba PB
Uçá Crab Trail in Barra do Camaratuba PB

And we only see the next landscape around the next bend. Meanwhile, the mangrove is filling up and an unknown Paraíba passes before our eyes.

Soon the mangrove meets the Camaratuba river, whose waters leave the tourist on sandbanks that form in front of the beach, where natural pools form on the edge of the sea.

Due to the ease of getting lost in the channels that open up along the trail, it is essential to hire a guide who knows the route.

The direction of the trail, from the mangrove to the sea or in the opposite direction, depends on the tide, so there is no fixed time for the tour.

7. Barra da Boca Beach

Where the waters of the Camaratuba River meet the sea, Boca da Barra is the beach most frequented by bathers in Barra de Camaratuba.

Barra de Camaratuba beach in Mataraca PB
Barra de Camaratuba beach in Mataraca PB

The beach, at low tide, is a great resort, with lifeguards who give the necessary information to those who enjoy a river bath and ensure the tranquility of bathers.

The beach has two kiosks, with bar and restaurant services.

The place also favors the practice of surfing almost all year round, with the best period being from January to March.

To Kitesurf, the best period is from March to October, when the prevailing and more intense wind is from the Southeast.

Mataraca Tourism Guide in Paraíba and Northeast

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