Lencois Maranhenses & Northeast Brazil



Lencois Maranhenses & Northeast Brazil

Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, is a protected area in Brazil’s northeastern Atlantic coast. Located on the banks of the Preguiças River, it’s known for its vast desert landscape of tall, white sand dunes and seasonal crystal-clear rainwater lagoons. The nearby towns of Barreirinhas and Santo Amaro do Maranhão, serve as entry points and provide Jeeps with guides. Recommended stay is 2-days to explore Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Bonita, two of the largest lagoons. The best time to visit is between July and September, when the ponds have formed.

Take a comprehensive tour of Rio de Janeiro, then travel to northeast Brazil. Visit Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, also known as the "Brazilian Sahara". Behind the dunes of the West Coast, lies the virgin beach called Jericoacoara. Jeri is the windsurfing capital of Brazil. Other activities include kayaking, kite surfing and horse riding. Dune buggy riding is available along the Paradise Lake which is 15 km long and surrounded by beautiful dunes and crystalline waters. 

And, experience swimming in fresh water lakes in the Brazilian Sahara.

What We Love
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available. 
  • Depart and return whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • Around-the-clock support with our local contacts at our associate offices throughout South America.
What to Know
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience and may require walking on rough surfaces. 
  • The rainy season on the east coast runs between May and September.   
  • Bring proper walking gear and outdoor clothing. Do not forget your skin and eye protection items
  • We offer 24/7 support during your tour to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Lencois Maranhenses & Northeast Brazil Rio – Lencois – Jeri – Rio
(11 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 1 – Arrive
Rio de Janeiro Meet and greet on arrival at Rio de Janeiro and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, take a Samba Dance Class (optional) at one most the prestigious dancing schools or explore the town at your leisure.

For dinner we recommend the restaurant of the chef Claude Troisgos and experience his legendary “Menu Degustation” which is a sampler of his signature French dishes. If you wish to explore the night in Rio then you can either go to Leblon to explore the bars and clubs of this trendy neighbourhood or the Rio Scenarium bar, where you can also practice the Samba moves you learnt earlier in the day.
Overnight at Fasano (B)

Day 2 – Transfer
Lençois Maranhenses Transfer to the airport for your flight to Sao Luis. On arrival, transfer by road (3 and half hrs) towards Barreirinhas to Lençóis Maranhenses. The municipal district of Barreirinhas is the entrance to the National Park of Lençóis Maranhenses.
Overnight at Caburé in Pousada Porto do Buriti (B)

Day 3 – Fisherman Village Tour
Lençois Maranhenses After breakfast we visit the typical fisherman village of Mandacaru. Later view of the dunes from the lighthouse and then transfer to Barreirinhas.
Overnight at Pousada Buriti in Barreirinhas (B)

Day 4 – National Park
Lençois Maranhenses After breakfast, full day tour to the National Park. Here we will have an idea of the beauty and the dimension of Lençóis Maranhenses. It takes about 2 hours in 4WD and than an hour walking to get to the lagoons. Lunch box is included. Return to Barreirinhas in the late afternoon.
Overnight at Pousada Buriti in Barreirinhas (B, L)

Day 5 – Transfer by 4x4 Land Rover
Jericoacoara After a leisurely morning and lunch we take a private transfer by 4x4 Land Rover to Jericoacoara.  The first part of the journey to Jijoca takes 3 hours and from there a 45 min journey over sand dunes and small lakes that are typical to this region, is most interesting. Upon arrival and after you have freshened up we head into the village for dinner where there are excellent seafood restaurants.
Overnight at Pousada Mosquito Blue (B)

Day 6-8 – Beaches & Villages
Jericoacoara The trip to Jeri represents a natural obstacle but it is part of the show. The road from Fortaleza to Jerico acoara presents beautiful beaches and rustic villages. The last 45 minutes are off-road "on-sand dunes", and along a beach in what it is one of most beautiful journeys of Brazil (even more at night, in the moon light!).
Overnight at Pousada Mosquito Blue (B, D)

Day 9 – Transfer
Rio de Janeiro Transfer to the Fortaleza airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel.

Half-day Tour: After lunch take a half day tour to one of Rio’s most famous postcard views, the “SugarLoaf” mountain. This visit is made in two stages by cable car. The first cable car takes passengers to Urca Hill which is 215 meters high from where one has a beautiful view of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói bridge and Corcovado hill. Then take a second cable car to the top (395 meters) to see a splendid view of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress and some of the beaches of Niterói.
Overnight at Fasano (B, L, D)

Day 10 – City Highlights Tour
Rio de Janeiro After breakfast take a short drive through downtown Rio, passing by the Sambo drome, the Metropolitan and the traditional Cinelândia Square with its historical buildings and the National Museum of Fine Arts. Then drive through the charming neighbourhood of Santa Teresa to catch the train to Corcovado, the majestic statue of Christ standing 120 feet high. The Redeemer’s outstretched arms welcome you to a breathtaking panorama - unmatched for its spellbinding magic!

On your return stop at the artsy and hip Santa Teresa neighbourhood where you will visit the Chacara do Ceu Museum – perhaps the best small museum in the country.  For lunch we recommend Aprazivel restaurant, Rio’s best contemporary Brazilian cuisine restaurant which has stunning views of the Guanabara Bay. Evening at leisure.
Overnight at Fasano (B, L)

Day 11 – Depart
Rio de Janeiro Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Lencois Maranhenses & Northeast Brazil Brazil

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  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
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Getting There There are plenty of choices of carrier to Brazil from the UK, with São Paulo and Rio being the usual points of arrival. If your ultimate destination is neither of these cities, it is usually best to connect in Rio, or connect with a flight on the continent, where your options are TAM to Recife from Paris, or TAP via Lisbon to Recife, Salvador, Fortaleza, Natal, Belo Horizonte and Brasília. If you only want to go to the Amazon, Manaus via Miami with TAM is your best bet, but it’s unlikely to be cheaper or quicker than a flight to Rio or São Paulo and then a connection north.

When to go When thinking about the best time to visit Brazil, it’s worth bearing in mind that the country splits into four distinct climatic regions. In January, the rains are coming to an end and it is a good time to visit Rio. But the warmer days are accompanied by the start of the rains in the Amazon and the Pantanal. February is Carnival time in Brazil. In April temperatures begin to decline and by May, Pantanal enters its dry season. June and July is winter in Brazil but temperatures rarely hit freezing overnight.

August and October are perhaps the best time to visit the Pantanal, and also great for spending time in Rio, where spring is arriving, there are few clouds in the sky and the temperatures are on the rise. Summer arrives in November, and you can expect high temperatures across the country. Rio de Janeiro in December tends to be hot and dry, but it gets busy during Christmas and New Year.