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Quite unique among the many tours which dissect the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, this trip will have you not only exploring some of the most irresistible and scenic highlights of Lençóis on foot but will also include an overnight stop in the heart of the park itself, a rare treat indeed. Covering 20 serene kilometers over three blissful days of walking, we will immerse ourselves deeply into both the natural and cultural wonders of this impossibly pristine landscape, taking the time to enjoy the company of its communities while staying in private homes along the way. Throughout, all physical effort will be more than rewarded with numerous opportunities to indulge in the crystalline waters and turquoise lagoons which this National Park is famed for, the perfect antidote for any weary legs! The journey continues by 4WD through the great River Delta of Parnaíba before reaching Jericoacoara, the coastal paradise previously untouched for centuries though still boasting some of Brazil’s most impressive bays today. Throughout this epic adventure, an essential understanding of regional culture is also on the cards, staying at family run pousadas and visiting numerous local communities as we travel.
São Luís was founded by the French in 1612, but it were the Portuguese who gave the capital of Maranhão its trademark – the beautiful architectural style. The Lusitanian people were the ones who left a legacy of over three thousand houses and mansions that are spread through the streets and squares of the historic center, at the Praia Grande neighborhood.
Recognized by UNESCO, much of the colonial houses dating from the 18th and 19th centuries take us on a trip to a past prosperity and ostentation. Today, the old barons’ manors house cultural centers, museums, shops and restaurants that preserve in their facades colorful Portuguese tiles. The bars guarantee the agitation on Friday and Saturday nights.
São Luís is the capital of the state of Maranhão and also the capital of reggae in Brazil. It is the only Brazilian capital that was founded by the French, although the city was developed by the Portuguese who constructed 3.500 colonial buildings. Most of these buildings date back to the XVIII and XVIX centuries and they are concentrated in the historical center of the city which has been declared UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Lençois Maranhenses National Park, a place with unique formation of dunes and lagoons, is located south of São Luís. It is possible to swim in the clear waters and marvel at the varying tones of vivid green and blue.
Bathed by both the Atlantic Ocean as the Preguiças River, Atins is a fishing village. Here, rusticity mixed with beautiful scenery seems to give another pace to the days. It is the largest coastal town in the municipality and a privileged location, because is where the beaches of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park begin and so the mouth of the Preguiças River.
For those who like kitesurfing this is the ideal place, the pristine beaches of the region are quite visited to practice this sport as also being possible to relax there and enjoy the igarapés.
The gateway to heaven, protected by National Park status, is Barreirinhas. It seems incredible that in a tropical country like Brazil, known for beautiful beaches and forests, there is a desert; but it exists and is in the state of Maranhão where we find the Lençóis Maranheneses, the Brazilian desert. But it is different, among the vast sand dunes there are green and blue lagoons forming the true view of the oasis.
Besides being the starting point for the exploration of this spectacle of nature, at night, the city offers in Beira-Rio Avenue a variety of restaurants, bars and craft stalls.
Second largest city in the state, Parnaíba is one of the stops on the Emotion Trail and the starting point for boat rides to the Delta of Parnaíba. For those who prefer to move by land, it is worth enjoying the Lagoa do Portinho, a small beach surrounded by dunes, bars and restaurants. At the time of sunset, the spot is the water surface, perfect setting for boat tours and banana boat.
The city center also saves its beauties. Porto das Barcas is one. In the Cathedral of Nossa Senhora das Graças the highlight is the original main altar, with details in gold.
Indescribably blue sea, strong wind and tranquility. These are the main features of Barra Grande Beach, in the Coast of Piauí, overnight location for those coming or going to enjoy other routes in the region as the Delta do Parnaíba, Lençóis Maranhenses, Jericoacoara and even mountains and waterfalls.
The city is newly discovered by kite surfers, with its soft sand, calm waters and constant wind in a quiet village. A charm that Piauí beaches still have for being so little explored.
With year-round sunshine and warm environment Jericoacoara is among the ten most beautiful beaches on the planet and, despite its fame around the world, the pace of life in the old fishing village remains the same, as well as the sandy streets and the lack of electric light. Environmental Protection Area, preserving an area of about 200 square kilometers full of golden dunes, mangroves and transparent lagoons, the village is a refuge from modernity of the big cities.
Its winds make it one of the best in the country for water sports as they lead rafts, kite boards and windsurfers, who share the ocean in perfect harmony.
Hotel Luzeiros São Luis
São Luis, Maranhão
The Hotel Luzeiros São Luís, located on the seafront, in the Bay of San Marcos, is an award-winning design hotel, with 243 apartments, 5 suites and 13 studios. Doing justice to the concept of HOTEL DESIGN, the Luzeiros Network provides a unique experience that aims to meet your needs in every detail. We guarantee all comfort and leisure, we present the best of regional and international cuisine, as well as a team of highly motivated and trained professionals to assist you.
Everything in the Hotel Luzeiros São Luís refers to the whim. Excellent, functional and modern, the hotel has the representativeness you expect to find when traveling for business or pleasure. Thus, you will be installed in the most complete and comfortable hotel in the city of São Luís, designed to reflect your style.
Pousada Vila Jurara
Vila Jurará are six spacious, 20m² apartments, cozy and delicately decorated to meet our most demanding public of certain treats and comforts. They are equipped with showers heated by solar energy, split air conditioning, box beds, hammocks and a delightful patio. We also offer our customers a large living room facing the street, a signal amplifier for cell phones and wi-fi, a reception and a minibar for coffee, drinks and drinks.
It is worth remembering that Vila Jurará’s breakfast is served at Pousada Jurará (100 meters away).
Pousada Casa de Caboclo
The Casa de Caboclo is a residential pousada located in a beatiful rural environment where you can enjoy complete privacy, tranquility and contact with nature, while enjoying the best food in the Delta do Parnaiba. For our visitors’ comfort, our cosy suites offer air conditioning, frigobar and wi-fi.
Barra Grande, Piauí
Facing the sea and under the shade of an immense forest of palm trees, BGK offers its customers hospitality, harmony and adventure. The inn integrates the typical and natural characteristics of the region with excellence in services and attention.
BGK is for those who like outdoor life: sea, wind, poetry and native.
Pousada Naquela Jericoacoara
The charming Pousada Naquela, located near Praia da Malhada, offers accommodation in a differentiated category in spacious individual and family rooms. The garden area, unique in Jericoacoara for its beauty and size offers different environments for rest and relaxation, in addition to the exclusive ZEN space with the possibility of receiving an outdoor massage, with pergolas and hammocks under large trees.
The dune of the sunset located 5 minutes on foot, offers a panoramic view of the place, being also the perfect place to enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets.
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Airport arrival at São Luís de Maranhão, the capital of the state of Maranhão, and transfer to the hotel.
After check in we will go on a city tour in São Luis historical center, important architectural complex of the 18th and 19th centuries, home to near 3,500 houses protected as World Heritage Sites since 1997. We’ll visit the Church of Sél; Squares Benedito Leite and Dom Pedro II; Fonte do Ribeirão, Arthur Azevedo Theater, Palace of the Lions, Street Portugal (especially the Portuguese tiles) and Giz Street; Beco Catarina Mina and Quebra Bundas, among other sites.
Night at the Hotel Luzeiros São Luis | Superior Room.
Included: private arrival transfer, private activity, private English Speaking driver guide, room and breakfast
Morning departure to Barreirinhas, with a stop for breakfast, where a four-wheel vehicle will take us to the entrance of the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. Lunch time. We continue on 4WD up to the starting point of the trek. We walk for 3h (approx 4Km) through a landscape of dunes and clear blue lagoons. While swimming in one of the crystalline pools, we are able to contemplate the sunset over the dunes. At night, we set up tents, and have dinner on the slopes of the dunes. Overnight stay in tents.
Included: private transport, lunch (drinks not included), box dinner, bottle of water, private activity with English Speaking Guide, local guide, luggage handler, overnight in tent camps
In the morning, we can watch the sunrise from the dunes. After breakfast, we continue trekking through the park for 3h30 (approx 5km), taking time to swim. Arrival to one of the towns within the park, Baixa Grande, where lunch is served, and everybody enjoys the afternoon getting to know the community and share with them. We spend the night in the house of a fisherman.
Included: box breakfast, bottle of water, private activity with English Speaking Guide, local guide, luggage handler, lunch & dinner (drinks not included), overnight in hammocks
After breakfast, we trek for 3h30 (approx 5Km) over the dunes to Negro River. Once at the beach, a four-wheel vehicle is waiting to take us to the small fishing town of Atins.In the afternoon, we have free time to relax on its beaches.
Night at the Villa Jurara | Standard Room.
Included: bottle of water, private activity with English Speaking Guide, local guide, luggage handler, room and breakfast
In the afternoon, transfer from Atins to Parnaíba. We will take a speedboat until Caburé and continue by magnificent dunes to Tutoia Beach.
Then, we board on a speedboat at Ilha das Canarias. In case of rain, the luggage is protected in plastic. After approximately 1h of navigation through the waters of the Parnaíba River, where we can observe the typical flora of the Delta and eventually some animals of the local fauna, we arrive at the Morro do Meio with its dunes that separate the waters of the Parnaíba River from the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. There is a 20-30 minute stop for a hike over the dunes and if we want, a river bath. We continue for another 5 minutes by boat to the Ninhal dos Guarás, an islet in the middle of the river where the beautiful Guarás birds come to spend the night. This spectacle of Nature begins around 4:30 p.m. and ends at sunset at 5:30 p.m./5: 45 p.m. At the end of the flight of the birds, we’ll make a boat tour on the Delta do Parnaíba, passing through the igarapés and igapós, watching the beautiful sunset.
Night at the Pousada Casa de Caboclo | Suíte Room.
Included: private transfer, regular boat, English Speaking guide included, private activity with guide, room and breakfast
Transfer from Parnaíba to pousada in Barra Grande. We leave in the morning Parnaíba to Barra Grande, most of the route being over a paved road. Upon arrival to the “Capital dos Ventos” (wind capital) will see why it’s the perfect place to do windsurf. Transfer ends at our pousada.
Night at the Pousada BGK | Chalé Standard Room.
Included: private transfer only Driver (Portuguese speaking), room and breakfast
We leave in the morning from Barra Grande to Jericoacoara on a four-wheel drive, most of the time travelling on paved road. The journey will continue through a landscape of dunes until we finally arrive to Jericoacoara, which has the most amazing sunset of northeastern Brazil and beautiful beaches surrounded by dunes. The trip ends at our pousada. In the midst of sand dunes and lush vegetation, we will be able to take part in many activities according to the travelers’ interest, like horseback riding, yoga classes, surfing or trips on four-wheel drive vehicles over the surrounding beaches such as Tatajuba. Above all, we will enjoy the peace and authenticity of this location.
Night at the Pousada Naquela Jericoacoara | Standard Room.
Included: private transfer only Driver (Portuguese speaking), room and breakfast
Free day to explore this forgotten Northeastern town, where the rhythm of life changes and the unique landscape will dazzle the visitor. In the midst of sand dunes and lush vegetation, we will be able to take part in many activities according to the travelers’ interest, like horseback riding, yoga classes, surfing or trips on four-wheel drive vehicles over the surrounding beaches such as Tatajuba. Above all, we will enjoy the peace and authenticity of this location.
Night at the Pousada Naquela Jericoacoara | Standard Room.
Included: room and breakfast
Transfer from our accommodation in Jericoacoara to Jericoacoara airport.
Included: private transfer only Driver (Portuguese speaking)