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Expedition Emotion Trail

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Experience Brazil's Expedition Emotion Trail, which takes you across sand dunes and small lagoons and through several charming cities. Admire the architecture of Brazil's cities and treat yourself to the culture found in its small fishing villages. This guided crossing of the Emotion Trail will enchant you on your Brazilian tour.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Sao Luis de Maranhao
Day 2 : Tour Lencois Maranhenses National Park
Day 3 : Explore Rio Preguicas
Day 4 : Jericoacoara
Day 5 : Explore Jericoacoara
Day 6 : Depart Jericoacoara


  • Trek through white sand dunes and pristine lagoons
  • Swim in warm clear freshwater pools leftover from heavy rainstorms
  • Explore the Rio Preguicas & some small villages
  • Surf down the dunes surrounding Jericoacoara overlooking the ocean

Places Visited

  • Brazil
  • South America
  • Barreirinhas
  • Lencois Maranhenses National Park
  • Sao Luis
  • Small Lencois Maranhenses


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Enjoying the landscape of Lencois Maranhenses National Park Driving the sands at Jericoacoara Watch the sun linger over the ocean at Soak in the afternoon sun on your private deck at Vila Bela Vista A truck drives the dunes of Jericoacoara, Brazil Jericoacoara boat at sunset Trekking through Swimming in the clear lagoons of Lencois Maranhenses Bike along the beach at Jericoacoara during your Brazil tour

Day 1 Arrive Sao Luis de Maranhao

Arrive at Sao Luis de Maranhao and transfer to Pousada Portas da Amazonia. This elegant hotel is on location in the city, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its magnificent colonial architecture. The rest of the day is yours to explore the capital of the state of Maranhao. Treat yourself to local cafes and wander the streets of this lively city.

Day 2 Tour Lencois Maranhenses National Park

Leave for Barreirinhas in the morning and stop in the towns of Rosario or Morros along the way. Join your local guide on a tour through Lencois Maranhenses National Park by vehicle This particular drive will last approximately two hours, but a day is spent exploring the park. Lencois Maranhenses is a peculiar landscape of sand dunes and freshwater lagoons, which form during the rainy season between January and June. These lagoons decorate the desert with vibrant color and are inhabited by a variety of fish, brought inland as eggs by coastal birds. The spectacular scenery of the park is unique and awe-inspiring. Following the tour, return by vehicle to Barreirinhas for the evening.

Day 3 Explore Rio Preguicas

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After breakfast, board a speedboat and travel along along the Rio Preguicas. This trip allows you to view the APA Environmental Protection Area of Pequenos Lencois. This trip also passes the small towns of Mandacaru and Cabure. Cross over the dunes by foot and take a vehicle to the city of Parnaiba. Parnaiba is one of only four coastal cities of the state of Piaui and features five universities. The town was built in a Portuguese style and includes the Castle of To, two churches, and a hospital. The trip from Cabure to Parnaiba takes approximately three and a half hours. Spend the night at Pousada Vila Parnaiba.

Day 4 Jericoacoara

Leave Pousada Vila Parnaiba in the morning and drive to Jericoacoara. This four hour trip takes you through a vast landscape of sand dunes and rich vegetation. Jericoacoara, a forgotten coastal village, is charming, inspirational, and very active. In addition to the optional excursions of sand-boarding and horse-back riding, you can relax on the golden beach and watch one of the most beautiful sunsets in Brazil. Spend the night at Pousada My Blue Hotel.

Day 5 Explore Jericoacoara

Explore the dunes and rich vegetation surrounding Jericoacoara or enjoy optional activities such as horseback riding, yoga classes, surfing lessons, or driving around the the surrounding beaches. Windsurfing and sand-boarding are also available for the more adventurous traveler. Sand-boarding is a sport similar to snowboarding and allows individuals the opportunity to surf down the dunes surrounding Jericoacoara. Alternatively, you can also explore the area on foot. The sandy beaches offer pristine views of the ocean at at easy pace.

Day 6 Depart Jericoacoara

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer by vehicle across the dunes to the Fortaleza airport for departure to your next destination!

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  • 5 Nights Accommodations
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  • Excursions and activities as listed
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