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Brazil: Experience Sao Luis and Lencois Maranhenses close-up: endless sand dunes
Lencois Maranhenses National Park 5 Days of Nature and Beaches

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Travel Number: 53162

Lencois Maranhenses National Park 5 Days of Nature and Beaches Brazil | Lencois Maranhenses, Sao Luis

Visit one of the natural highlights of Brazil: the worldwide unique landscape of Lencois Maranhenses National Park. The wavy sand dunes spread like an endless bed sheet and give the region its name. This remote region between dunes and the ocean is home to indigenous villages and nature along rivers such as the spectacular Rio Preguicas.


  • Ride on a jeep tour with a private guide
  • Take a dip in the dunes' natural pools
  • Discover the Rio Preguicas by boat
  • Visit remote villages
  • Stroll through the colonial town of Sao Luis


Day 1: Arrival to Sao Luis

Included: Airport Transfer (private)

Welcome to Maranhao, one of the northern states of Brazil and famous for hospitality, music, culinary specialties, and untouched coastal landscapes. You will be picked up at the airport and taken to your hotel. Your English-speaking guide will welcome you and give you information about the events for the coming days and valuable tips for your stay in Sao Luis.

Overnight: Hotel Luzeiros, Superior room

Day 2: Boat Tour on the Rio Preguicas to Atins

Included: Transfer to Barreirinhas (4h, in group with private guide) | Boat transfer with excursions to Atins (4h, private with guide) | Breakfast

In the morning, you’ and your English-speaking guide will take a group transfer from Sao Luís to Barreirinhas. After about 4 hours of driving, you will reach the entrance of Lençóis Maranhenses. Today’s destination is the small fishing village of Atins, located at the mouth of the Rio Preguiças and surrounded by beautiful dunes. Along with your guide, you make your way northward on a private motorboat tour along the River Preguiças. You’ll enjoy several interesting stops along the way. At the small settlement of Vassouras, you can walk between the dunes. You’ll probably observe monkeys and parrots because they’re generally pretty curious to see who is passing through. In Mandacaru, you can try delicious homemade ice cream churned from all sorts of different fruit. The historic lighthouse, surrounded by cashew trees, offers a nice place to take a few photos. The last stop takes you to Caburé, a small village located between the river and the ocean. Upon arriving in Atins, you will check-in to your accommodations before exploring the town’s sandy footpaths with your guide.

Overnight: Pousada Jurara Village, Standard Room

Day 3: Into the dunes

Included: 4x4 excursion into the dunes (4h, private with guide) | Breakfast

Today you’re going on an adventure through Lençóis Maranhenses! Starting your day in Atins allows you to bypass the crowds in Barreirinhas and see the dunes before they’re full of tourists. The trip there is an adventure in itself. You’ll hop into a private off- road vehicle and wind through the hilly, sandy paths that crisscross the landscape. Once you reach your destination, you will get the chance to discover the dunes on foot. You will enjoy spectacular views as you walk through the unique landscape. Be sure to take a lot of photos!. Jump into one of the refreshing freshwater pools while you marvel at the breathtaking landscape. After you’ve had some time to relax, you will head back to Atins. If you’d like, you can stop along the way for lunch. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy, and your guide will let you know about the optional excursions available.

Overnight: Pousada Jurara Village, Standard Room

Day 4: Beaches of Atins and Return to Sao Luis

Included: Boat Ride to Barreirinhas (private, 1.5h) | Transfer to Sao Luis (in-group, 4h) | Breakfast

After a short walk to the hotel's restaurant for breakfast, the morning is free for your leisure. You can enjoy the beaches, just relax and watch the kitesurfers. We also offer an optional trip to any lagoon that is particularly attractive during your time of travel (not included). In the afternoon you will take a private boat back to Barreirinhas. At around 4:30 p.m., you will take a group transfer back to Sao Luis, where you will arrive at around 9:30 p.m. Then it will be time to say goodbye to your guide and afterwards you will have the rest of the evening to enjoy the city of Sao Luis or to just relax.

Overnight: Hotel Luzeiros, Superior room

Day 5: Departure

Included: Airport Transfer (private) | Breakfast

Depending on your flight time, you will be taken to the airport. Full of new impressions and memories, you will start your journey home or onward.


  • All transfers detailed above
  • 2 day trips (with a private English-speaking guide)
  • 2 nights at Hotel Luzeiros, Superior room
  • 2 night at Pousada Jurara, Standard vila room
  • 4 breakfasts

Not included are airfare, insurance, single supplement, beverages, meals not indicated in the itinerary, tips, and personal expenses.


  • If you arrive early to Sao Luis, or depart late on the 5th day, you can optionally book a private guided tour to the historical center of Sao Luis.
  • The program can also be conducted without a guide. In this case, please note that local guides speak very little English and that group excursions may be more crowded and have longer wait times depending on the season.
  • All tours can be customized, shortened, or extended depending on your interests.
  • The best time to visit Lencois Maranhenses is from June to October as the lagoons are mostly filled with water and it hardly rains. December to February are not good months for this tour. In November and December, the water level in the lagoons sinks. In January and February, it rains very often and only slowly do the lagoons fill with water. It may rain more frequently in March and April, but the lagoons will already have a higher water level. After a bad rainy season, the lagoons can dry up by August. After a good rainy season, however, the water in the lagoons can last until December.

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