This Brazil tour is an awe-inspiring trek across the sand dunes of Lencois Maranhenses National Park. This park is bursting with white sand dunes that resemble "lencois," the Portuguese word for "bedsheet," and clear freshwater lagoons. Enjoy swimming, hiking, and the exploration of several small towns within the park on this Brazil trip. Unique in landscape and adventure, Trekking Lencois Maranhenses National Park is sure to delight travelers wanting to hike through this unique and beautiful ecosystem on foot.
Day 1 : Arrive in Sao Luis de Maranhao Day 2 : Trekking Lençóis Maranhenses National Park Day 3 : Trekking Lençóis Maranhenses National Park Day 4 : Dunes of Rio Negro to Atins Day 5 : Atins to Sao Luis de Maranhao Day 6 : Depart Sao Luis de Maranhao
Trek through a myriad of dunes and pristine lagoons
Swim in warm clear freshwater pools leftover from heavy rainstorms
Explore the community of Baixa Grande, located in the borders of the park
Walk the charming streets of Atins, a small coastal fishing village
Arrive in Sao Luis de Maranhao and transfer to Pousada Portas da Amazonia. The rest of the day is yours to explore Sao Luis de Maranhao, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its magnificent colonial architecture. Treat yourself to coffee in a cafe or wander the streets of this lively city.
Morning departure to Barreirinhas, with a stop for breakfast, where a four-wheel drive vehicle take you onward to the entrance of the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. This National Park was named for the immense dunes which spread across its landscape like a bedsheet, lençóis in Portuguese. Lençóis Maranhenses is divided into two distinct regions: Grandes Lençóis and Pequenos Lençóis. Stop to eat lunch and continue on a four-wheel drive vehicle up to the starting point of the trek. The three hour trek (approximately 2.5 miles) takes you on foot through a myriad of dunes and clear blue lagoons. Stop along the way to swim in these clear, freshwater pools and watch the sun as it dips below the sand-line. Set up tents and partake in a unique dining experience on the slopes of the dunes.
Breakfast is served on the dunes of Lençóis Maranhenses, and the trek continues along the sand and lagoons for about 3.5 hours (approximately 3 miles). Choose to swim in the freshwater pools or relax on the sand as you make your way. The pools are left from heavy rainstorms between January and June, eventually becoming warm and crystal clear. Your destination is Baixa Grande, a small town within the borders of the park. Eat lunch in Baixa Grande and spend the afternoon exploring the community. Tonight's accommodations are unique - hammocks in a small cottage in the fishing village.
Eat breakfast in the village and resume trekking across the park. Admire the valleys and hills made by the ever-changing sand formations as you walk about 3.5 hours (approximately 3 miles) to the coast of Rio Negro. Explore the beach and get picked up by a vehicle which takes you to the small fishing village of Atins. The afternoon is yours to relax on the beaches surrounding Atins or walk the quaint and charming streets of this small coastal town.
Take a free morning in Atins to rest after your trek across the dunes of Lençóis Maranhenses. In the afternoon, embark on a boat to travel along the coast to Rio Preguicas. At the entrance of Barreirinhas, another national park, transportation is waiting to return to Sao Luis de Marandao for the night.
Day 6 Depart Sao Luis de Maranhao
Enjoy breakfast at Pousada Portas da Amazonia and transfer to the airport for your connection to your next destination.
Kate was great to work with in the planning stage. She was prompt, helpful, and efficient. Our tour guide, Edwin, was knowledgeable and passionate. We were very happy to have traveled with Adventure Life, it made the trip easy and a true pleasure. We could concentrate on enjoying the experience rather than the details of travel.
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.