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Lençois Maranhenses: 3-Day Combo Package

1. Lençois Maranhenses: 3-Day Combo Package

Delight in 3 days of activities and discover the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, a stunning region formed by the contrast between dunes and natural lagoons created by rainwater during the rainy season. Enter this huge oasis from the gateway town of Barreirinhas, and marvel at the scenic beauty of the lagoons that attract visitors from all over the world. Day 1 Depart from your hotel in São Luis or the SLZ-Marechal Cunha Machado International Airport for flights arriving before 6:30 AM. Arrive in Barreirinhas, and depart around 2 PM in a 4x4 vehicle to cross the ferry. Then, take a trail to get to the Lençois Maranhenses, admire the dunes, and refresh with some swimming in the clear blue lagoons. After watching the amazing sunset at the top of the dune, return to Barreirinhas. Day 2 Depart around 8 AM in a 4×4 vehicle and start the 1.5-hour drive to Atins. Upon arrival, enjoy a short walk to visit some natural lagoons formed by rainwater. Take the opportunity to dive into the clear waters of the lagoon and snap some beautiful photos. Next, be amazed by the meeting of the Preguiças River and the sea at Atins Beach. Enjoy some free time to swim and relax on the sand. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant (not included in the tour price) famous for grilled shrimp. After lunch, spend some time resting and relaxing in hammocks before returning to Barreirinhas. Day 3 Depart around 8 AM on a speedboat tour of Preguiças River, a calm river with lots of different typical trees and palms on its margins. Make your first stop in Vassouras village at the limit of the dunes, where it's possible to interact with the monkeys, have some coconut water, and buy some local art. The next stop will be at the village of Mandacaru. Here, see and climb a lighthouse to have a panoramic view of the region, the park, the river, and the sea. Make your last stop in Caburé village, an arm of sand having the river on one side, and the sea on the other. Enjoy free time to have lunch and swim in the river or the sea. Finally, transfer to your hotel in São Luis or the SLZ-Marechal Cunha Machado International Airport for flights departing after 11:00 PM.

Lençois Maranhenses: 2-Day Combo Package

2. Lençois Maranhenses: 2-Day Combo Package

Discover the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park — a stunning region formed by the contrast between dunes and natural lagoons created by rainwater during the rainy season — with 2 incredible days of activities. Marvel at the wild scenery of the desert and the scenic beauty of the lagoons in this unique landscape. Day 1 Depart from your hotel in São Luis or the SLZ-Marechal Cunha Machado International Airport for flights arriving before 6:30 AM. Arrive in Barreirinhas, and set out at around 2 PM in a 4x4 vehicle to cross on the ferry. Then, follow a trail to get to the Lençois Maranhenses National Park, admire the dunes, and take a refreshing dip in the clean, blue lagoons. After watching the spectacular sunset at the top of the dune, return to Barreirinhas. Day 2 Depart around 8 AM on a speedboat tour of Preguiças River, a calm river with lots of different typical trees and palms on its margins. The first stop will be in Vassouras village, at the limit of the dunes. Interact with the monkeys, refresh with some coconut water, and peruse the local art. Next, head to the village of Mandacaru where it's possible to see and climb a lighthouse. Soak up a panoramic view of the region, the park, the river, and the sea. Make your last stop in Caburé village, an arm of sand with the river on one side, and the sea on the other. Spend some free time having lunch and swimming in the river or the sea. Finally, transfer back to your hotel in São Luis or the SLZ-Marechal Cunha Machado International Airport for flights departing after 11 PM.

Lençóis Maranhenses: Transfer São Luis and Barreirinhas

3. Lençóis Maranhenses: Transfer São Luis and Barreirinhas

Enjoy shared transfer service to or from Barreirinhas and São Luiz with daily departures, including holidays. The trip will take around 4 hours and 20 minutes with a stop on the way to purchase snacks and to stretch your legs. São Luís is the capital of Maranhão in the northeast of Brazil. Its colonization has a history of disputes between French, Dutch, Portuguese, and Indigenous people, leaving a rich and intense cultural collection as its legacy. In addition, the São Luís culture is represented in famous festivals, such as Bumba Meu Boi and the Tambor da Crioula, which fill the streets in June. Barreirinhas is located on the coast, 252 kilometers from the capital, São Luís. The city is known for being the gateway to the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, a stunning region formed by the contrast between dunes and natural lagoons created by rainwater during rainy season. The wild scenery of the desert and the scenic beauty of the lagoons attract visitors from all over the world, searching for this unique experience in Brazil's Northeast.

Belém: Half-Day Furos Boat Tour & Riverside Community Visit

4. Belém: Half-Day Furos Boat Tour & Riverside Community Visit

Board a boat and travel along the Guamá river to explore the waterfront of Belém. See the activities of various boats, from large cargo carriers and ferries, to the typical riverside vessels. Sail around Combú Island, passing through Furo do Benedito and Furo do Paciência. Furos — natural channels between two rivers or lagoons — are a typical geographical feature in northern Brazil. Enjoy the beauty of this fascinating system of waterways. Get to know the different Amazon environments such as forest, lowland forest, and aquatic vegetation. Visit a local riverside community to experience the unique lifestyle of its inhabitants. Learn about how locals interact with the environment, make use of natural resources in their daily lives, and activities such as fishing, hunting, and agriculture.

From Atins: 4x4 Tour to Canto do Atins

5. From Atins: 4x4 Tour to Canto do Atins

Disconnect and dive into the crystal clear waters of the lagoons in the Lençois Maranhenses National Park on this 4x4 tour from Atins, a small village on the border of the park so calm it is possible to hear “the noise of silence.” Depart from the very soft sand streets of Atins in your 4x4 vehicle and follow trails to Canto do Atins with your local guide. Pass by the beach then take a short walk to visit the lagoons formed by rainwater. Soak up the tranquil atmosphere in the less-visited lagoons. To enhance the tour, stop for lunch to taste the famous grilled shrimp of Luzia or Antônio's restaurant, internationally famous for the homemade special sauce that is a family secret (lunch not included). After lunch and a brief rest in the hammocks, return to the village of Atins.

From Barreirinhas: Lençóis Maranhenses Dunes Sunset Tour

6. From Barreirinhas: Lençóis Maranhenses Dunes Sunset Tour

Enjoy a half-day tour to one of the most impressive natural sights in Brazil, Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. You will be amazed by sand dunes separated by brilliant, crystal clear rainwater natural lakes. Enjoy pick up from hotels in Barreirinhas around 2:00 PM in a 4x4 vehicle and make your way through trails of white sand, lakes, and small dunes to get to Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. After arrival, walk one of three circuits, Lagoa Azul (Blue Lagoon), Lagoa Bonita (Beautiful Lagoon), or Lagoa da Esperança (Lagoon of Hope), depending on the time of year. Enjoy a stop for a swim and relax in one of the natural pools. At the end of the day, take in the beautiful sunset over the dunes. After your journey, you’ll return to Barreirinhas around 7:00 PM.

From Barreirinhas: Preguiças River Speedboat Tour

7. From Barreirinhas: Preguiças River Speedboat Tour

Enjoy a tour through the beautiful Preguiças River, located in Lençóis Maranhenses National Park with rich animal life, flora, dunes, and beaches. Enjoy pick up from hotels in Barreirinhas around 8:00 AM and depart from the pier in a speedboat. Ride through the majestic Preguiças River with its calm waters and mangroves, buritis, Juçara's trees (famous for açai), tucunzeiros, as well as animal life, such as herons and kingfishers. Stop at the Vassouras community, also known as "Pequeno Lençóis," to enjoy delicious coconut water, interact with capuchin monkeys in their natural habitat, and take a swim in natural pools. Also stop in Caburé, a strip of dunes between the river and the sea where you can have lunch and, optionally, ride an ATV on the beach. Afterwards, relax returning to Barreirinhas around 3:00 PM.

Atins Day Trip by 4x4 from Barreirinhas

8. Atins Day Trip by 4x4 from Barreirinhas

Enjoy a tour to the charming village of Atins, considered the doorway to Lencois Maranhenses National Park. Atins is a rustic paradise, still unknown to most visitors to the national park. Situated between the Preguiças River, the beach, explore the stunning and landscapes of this place.  After pickup from hotels in Barreirinhas at around 8:00 AM in a 4×4 vehicle, start the 1.5-hour drive to Atins. Upon arrival, enjoy a short walk to visit some natural lagoons formed by rainwater. Take the opportunity to dive into the clear waters of the lagoon and take beautiful photos. Be amazed by the meeting of the Preguiças River and the sea at Atins Beach. Enjoy some free time to swim and relax on the sand. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant (not included in the tour price), famous for grilled shrimp. After lunch, time to rest in hammocks before returning to Barreirinhas around 6:00 PM.

Belém: Full-Day Furos & Igarapé Boat Tour with Lunch

9. Belém: Full-Day Furos & Igarapé Boat Tour with Lunch

Spend your day cruising along the Guamá and Acará rivers to tour the waterfront of Belém. Explore the natural channels between two rivers or lagoons, called furos, which are typical to northern Brazil. Visit a local riverside community to experience, and learn what life by the river is like. Take in the daily activities of different boats on the river and enjoy the beauty of the diverse Amazonian habitats as you travel down the waterways. Sail around Combú Island, passing through Furo do Benedito and Furo do Paciência. Visit a waterfront village, and learn about how locals interact with the environment, make use of natural resources in their daily lives, and activities such as fishing, hunting, and agriculture.  Choose to add your experience with a trip at dawn to Papagaios Island, a habitat for thousands of parrots. Watch the city come to life in the morning, and as the sun begins to rise, gaze in awe at the unique sight of thousands of parrots flying across the sky.

São Luís: Half-Day Historical City Tour

10. São Luís: Half-Day Historical City Tour

Enjoy a half-day tour of São Luis, a capital city founded by the French. Its colonization has a history of disputes between the French, Dutch, Portuguese, and Indigenous people, leaving a rich and intense cultural collection as a legacy. Start your day with pick up from select São Luis hotels and pass by Calhau, São Marcos, Ponta d’Areia beaches, and Jansen Lagoon, before reaching the Historical Center and walking through the traditional cobblestone streets.   Visit the main highlights of the city, including the Lion’s Palace, Pedro II Square, and Portugal Street, all evidence of São Luís’ fascinating history.  

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based on 37 reviews

This expedition with Patrick was very pleasant. The surroundings of Belém are really worth the detour and we are very happy to have discovered this pretty corner of the Amazon.

We were lucky with the guide. Showed us all the best views in the desert and accompanied us all the way. He also told and showed all the local rare animals

Nothing to add, just perfect. The guide who was with me was amazing and made the trip all the more enjoyable. I would recommend it to anyone.

I loved this trip Just magnificent views and energy boost Thank you to my guide Juan for help, support and care

Thank you for an amazing bout and jungel tour. Super nice and clever goud! We recommend!