From Sao Luis to Jericoacoara on the Rota das Emocoes 7 Days Travel Package Brazil | Lencois Maranhenses
Experience the breathtaking Road of Emotions (Portuguese „Rota das Emocoes“). From Sao Luis you will drive through one of the most overwelhming landscapes of Brazil, stopping in Barreirinhas, Rio Preguicas and Lencois Maranhenses until arriving in Jericoacoara. You will travel by 4x4 vehicle, boat and beach buggy. Be prepared for emotional moments in a mesmerizing landscape.
Day 1: Sao Luis / Arrival and City Tour
You will be welcomed at the airport and taken to your accommodation. Then you will have a little time to freshen up after the journey before you start an approximately 3-hour long city tour. You will walk to explore the car-free historic center of town of Sao Luis which offers a trip back in time with its 3,000 buildings from the colonial period. The tour will take you through small, winding streets to hidden squares and parks. Sao Luis is also the capital of the "Nordestino-Reggae". If you are interested, your guide can recommend a nice music bar for the evening. (Sightseeing depends on the arrival time in Sao Luis).
Overnight: Casa Lavinia or similar / Meals: -
Day 2: Sao Luis – Barreirinhas / 4x4 Pick-up Tour into the National Park
Start the morning accompanied by your guide with a group transfer to Barreirinhas, the gateway to the Lencois Maranhenses. The route is about 300 kilometres which will take you about 4 hours. When you arrive at Barreirinhas, you will first have to check in at your accommodation and then it will be time for lunch (not included). Your guide will choose the best time in the afternoon to leave for your private tour, making it possible to avoid big tourist groups. After 1 hour driving in a private 4x4 vehicle on the sand tracks with breathtaking views you will arrive. Here you can stroll around freely to see what lies behind the dunes and enjoy a refreshing swim in the natural pools between the sand dunes. Later you will witness a spectacular sunset in an unforgettable landscape. After the sunset you will head back to Barreirinhas.
Overnight: Pousada do Buriti or similar | Meals included: Breakfast
Day 3: Barreirinhas – Atins / Boat tour on the Rio Preguicas
Today you will discover the small fishing village of Atins, which lies exactly at the delta of the Rio Preguicas and is surrounded by beautiful desert beaches. Afterwards you, along with your guide will take a private speed boat north on the river Rio Preguicas. You will stop in Vassouras, Mandacaru and Cabure. There will be leisure time in Cabure to explore the area. Later you will reach Atins. You will spend a relaxing afternoon in this remote region, the apparent 'end of the world'.
Overnight: Pousada Irmaro Atins or similar | Meals included: Breakfast
Day 4: Atins – Parnaiba / Boat Tour of Delta das Americas
You will set out in the morning to take a private boat ride on the Rio Preguicas to Cabure. There you will we be awaited by a private 4x4 vehicle and will head to Tutoia in about 1.5 hours time. There you start to cross the Delta das Americas. The transfer is not just for transporting you; you will have time to get to know the delta. On and around the 85 islands located in the delta there live caimans, monkeys, turtles and a large amount of birds. After about 4 hours you will reach Porto de Tatus and from there travel to your Pousada in Parnaiba which will take about 20 minutes.
Overnight: Pousada Vila Parnaiba or similar | Meals included: Breakfast
Day 5: Parnaiba – Jericoacoara / Dune Buggy Ride on the Beach
After breakfast you will head off to the last part of your tour and travel to Jericoacoara. First of all the trip leads to Camocim in a 4x4 Pick-up which should take about 1.5 hours. With the dune buggy you will continue along the coast until you reach Jericoacoara. The trip will take about 2 to 5 hours, depending on how many stops you make on the way to explore 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.
Overnight: Pousada Bella Jeri or Similar | Meals included: Breakfast
Optional: You can also choose to stay in another accommodation in Jericoacora
Day 6 - 7: Jericoacoara / free time
In Jericoacoara you have the chance to take a good rest after this adventurous tour. The place is home to many shops, bars and leisure opportunities. The whole year through the sunny beach weather spoils visitors and inhabitants. The wind conditions here are exceptionally good for watersports. On the beach or in the hammock you enjoy the sun and ocean breeze best with a Caipirinha. You may also opt for some optional day trips (not included) or even prolong your relaxing stay in Jericoacoara. Just let us know!
Overnight: Pousada Bella Jeri or similar | Meals included: Breakfast
Day 8: Bye bye Jericoacoara
Depending on your flight time you take a private transfer to Fortaleza Airport. The drive takes about 6 hours.
Meals included: Breakfast
- Airport Transfer in with a driver, no guide
- City tour on foot (3 hours) in English
- 1 night incl. breakfast in a double room at the Casa Lavinia (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 simple Pousada Irmao Atins (or similar)
- 1 night incl. breakfast in a standard double room at the Pousada Vila Parnaiba (or similar)
- 3 nights incl. breakfast in a standard double room at the Pousada Bella Jeri in Jericoacoara (or similar)
- Private English-speaking tour guide from Sao Luis to Parnaiba (Days 1-4)
- Private day trips with 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.
- When arriving late in Sao Luis the city tour cannot take place.
- The program can also be done without a guide. Please note then that the local guides do not speak English very well. There might also occur long waiting periods during group tours depending on the quantity of other guests.
- The program can also be shortened or extended depending on your request.
- Limitation of 1 piece of bagagge and 1 piece of hand luggage per person (more luggage only upon request).
- Please be aware that you will have to pay a tourism fee of about 1,50 EUR per person per day upon arrival in Jericoacoara. You may pay the amount online when following this link. The tourism fee is not ncluded in the price! After paying you might keep the receipt which has to be returned upon leaving Jericoacoara.
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. The lagoons may dry out by August after a rain period with little rainfall. When plenty of rain falls in the rain period the water in the lagoons may stay up to December.
Photos by Phylipi Leal and Michael Krämer
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