Experience one of the most stunning routes of Brazil: The Route of the Emotions (port: Rota das Emocoes). From Sao Luis you will travel to Barreirinhas and to the Lencois Maranhenses along the coastal regions of Atins and Parnaiba until you read Jericoacoara, where you will get to experience this adventure by boat, 4x4s and dune buggies. During the trip you will experience different types of landscapes and places such as the sand dunes of Lencois Maranhenses, the small fishing villages along the river Rio Preguicas, the huge Delta das Americas and the impressive beaches all the way to Jericoacoara.
Day 1: Sao Luis / Arrival and City Tour
You will be awaited by us at the Sao Luis Airport and taken to your accommodation. Once you have arrived there you will have some time to freshen up before going on an approximately 3-hour long city tour. We will explore the car-free old town of Sao Luis by foot. The city offers a special flair with over 3000 colonial buildings and small, winding alleys that lead to hidden squares and parks. Sao Luis is the capital of the “Nordestino-Reggae”. If you are interested your guide can also recommend you a music bar for the evening. (City Tour depends on arrival time).
Accommodation: Pousada Portas da Amazonia or similar / Meals included: Breakfast
Day 2: Sao Luis – Barreirinhas / 4x4 Pick-up Tour in Lencois
Together with your guide you will start early in the morning and go on a group transfer to Barreirinhas, which is the gate to the Lencois Maranhenses. The trip will take about 4 hours and is 300 km long. Once you arrive in Barreirinhas you will check into your Pousada and have time to eat lunch (not included). Around 2 pm you will head off with a group in an Off-Road pick up for about 15 km to the park. On the way we will pass by cashew trees, a sand pist, so that the trip will take about 1 hour. Once arrived at the park we will head out on foot and explore the dunes and breathtaking landscape, which looks kind of like a white bed sheet. Among other things, we will enjoy taking a refreshing dip in the fresh water pools, until we watch the sunset over the dunes. In the evening we will head back to Barreirinhas.
Accommodation: Pousada do Buriti or similar / Meals included: Breakfast
Day 3: Barreirinhas – Atins / Boat tour on the Rio Preguicas
Our destination for the day is the small fishing village of Atins, which is located directly on the mouth of the river Rio Preguicas and has stunning desert beaches. Together with your and other travelers you will go on a speed boat on the river Rio Preguicas and head north. In the small village of Vassouras you will see the end of the chain of the dunes of the small Lencois Maranhenses and have the opportunity to drink out of a fresh coconut while watching for monkeys and parrots which are used to visitors. After some more stops we will arrive in Atins. In this remote area, the apparent “end of the world” we will spend a relaxing afternoon.
Accommodation: Pousada Irmaro Atins or Similar | Meals included: Breakfast
Day 4: Atins – Parnaiba / Boat Tour of Delta das Americas
At a set time we will head out during the morning to take a boat ride in the Rio Preguicas to Cabure. There will we be awaited by a trip in 4x4 for about 1.5 hours heading to Tutoia where will we get to see and cross the Delta das Americas. The transfer is not just for transporting you; we will have time to get to know the delta. In and around the 85 islands located in the delta there are native caiman, monkeys, turtles and a large amount of birds. After about 4 hours we will reach Porto de Tatus and from there travel to our Pousada in Parnaiba which will take about 20 minutes.
Accommodation: Pousada Vila Parnaiba or similar | Meals included: Breakfast
Day 5: Parnaiba – Jericoacoara / Dune Buggy Ride on the Beach
After breakfast we will head off to the last part of our tour of Sao Luis and travel to Jericoacoara. Next the trip continues to Camocim in a 4x4 which still take about 1.5 hours. With the dune buggy we will continue along the coast until we reach Jericoacoara. The trip will take about 2-5 hours, depending on how many stops we make on the way to see this interesting dune landscape. In Jericoacoara you will be taken to your accommodation and can then enjoy the next days on the beach under the coconut palms.
Accommodation: Pousada Bella Jeri or Similar | Meals included: Breakfast
Optional: You can also choose to stay in another accommodation in Jericoacora
Day 6: Jericoacoara / Longer Stay or Continuation Trip to Fortaleza
Depending on the length of your trip we can organize the transfer to the Fortaleza Airport. The drive is about 6 hours and will be private.
- Airport Transfer with a giude
- City tour by foot (3 hrs) in English
- 1 night incl. breakfast in a double room at the Pousada Portas da Amazonia (or similar accommodation)
- 1 night incl. breakfast in a standard double room at the Pousada do Buriti (or similar)
- 1 night incl. breakfast in a standard double room at the Pousada Irmao Atins (or similar)
- 1 night incl. breakfast in a standard double room at the Pousada Vila Parnaiba (or similar)
- 1 night incl. breakfast in a standard double room at the Pousada Bella Jeri in Jericoacoara
- Private English-speaking tour ride from Sao Luis to Parnaiba (Days 1-4)
- Excursions in internationally mixed groups with your private guide
- All transfers as described in the program
- Airport transfer out (without tour guide, only a driver)
- Optional meals or excursions are not included in the price
- The program can also be done without a guide. Please note then that the local guides do not speak English very well.
- The program can also be shortened or extended depending on your request.
- Please only bring one piece of luggage + 1 piece of hand luggage per guest (More baggage allowance can be requested)
The best time to visit the Lencois Maranhenses is from June to October. The lagoons are mostly full of water and there is almost no rain. December to February are not good months for this tour. In November and December, the water level in the lagoons drops. In January and February it rains very often, and the lagoons are slowly filled with water. In March and April it can rain very often. The lagoons have a higher level of water.
Photos by Phylipi Leal and Michael Krämer
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