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The sun dips below the sandline in Lencois Maranhenses

Lençóis Maranhenses Trekking

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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-by-Day Summary

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

Highlights

  • 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

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Trip Type

  • Adventure Life Exclusive

Activity Level

Moderate

Trip Snapshots

The sun dips below the sandline in Lencois Maranhenses The sand and lagoons of Lencois Maranhenses Footprints in the sand Silhouetted in Lencois Maranhenses National Park Swimming in the clear lagoons of Mencois Maranhenses Trek along the clear lagoons of Lencois Maranhenses National Park The lagoons of Lencois Maranhenses A happy group in Lencois Maranhenses National Park

Day 1 Arrive in Sao Luis de Maranhao

Arrive in Sao Luis de Maranhao and transfer to your hotel. 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.

Day 2 Trekking Lençóis Maranhenses National Park

​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.

Day 3 Trekking Lençóis Maranhenses National Park

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.

Day 4 Dunes of Rio Negro to Atins

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.

Day 5 Atins to Sao Luis de Maranhao

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

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and transfer to the airport for your connection to your next destination.

Lencois Maranhenses Campsites

Pousada Rancho do Buna

Sao Luis - Hotels

Per person starting at
$1,495

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Included

  • 5 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • 5 Nights Accommodations
    • 3 Nights Hotel
    • 2 Nights Camping
  • 4 Days Private Guide Service
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are included.
  • Gear Rental
    • Camping gear included EXCEPT for sleeping bags
  • Park Entrance Fee

Excluded

  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $100 Meals not Included
  • $60 Optional Excursions
  • $160 Brazil Visa Fee
    • Must obtain Brazil visa prior to traveling
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
Meyer Smolen

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Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.

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