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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

from USD 815

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: Barreirinhas and 4×4 Trip to Lencois Maranhenses

Included: Transfer to Barreirinhas (in-group, 4h) | Day Trip by 4×4 Vehicle to Lencois Maranhenses (private, 4h) | Breakfast

Accompanied by your English-speaking guide, you will take a group transfer to Barreirinhas, the gateway to Lencois Maranhenses. The route is about 190 miles (300 km) and will take about 4 hours. When you arrive at Barreirinhas, you will first check in at your accommodation and have some time for lunch (not included). Your guide will choose the best time in the afternoon to set out on your private tour of Lencois Maranhenses, thus avoiding big tourist groups. You will arrive after a one-hour drive in a private 4x4 vehicle on the sand tracks with breathtaking views. You will be able to walk around freely and see what lies behind the dunes and enjoy a refreshing swim in the natural pools. Later, you will enjoy a spectacular sunset over an unforgettable landscape. Following the sunset, you will head back to Barreirinhas.

Overnight: Pousada Encantes do Nordeste, Eco chalet

Day 3: Private Boat Trip along the Rio Preguicas to Atins

Included: Boat Excursion to Atins (private, 4h) | Breakfast

Your destination for the day will be the small fishing village of Atins, which lies exactly at the Rio Preguicas delta and is surrounded by beautiful desert beaches. Together with your guide you will take a private speed boat up north on the river. You will stop in the remote villages of Vassouras, Mandacaru, and Cabure before arriving to Atins. Enjoy the scenery and relax in this remote area, the apparent “end of the world.”

Overnight: Pousada Jurara, Standard vila 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.


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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