4 Days Lençóis Maranhenses National Park
Prepare for four days of exhilarating escapades over land and sea as we immerse you in the gems of Lençóis Maranhenses. Steeped in bewilderingly beautiful natural wonders, this ocean-clutching national park is an undulating confection of far-reaching sand dunes, swathes of beach, mangroves and hidden lagoons, making for an unbeatable adventure playground that begs to be explored!
We’ll bumble along the sands in an exhilarating 4x4 vehicle, tackling the hills and feeling the thrill of careering back down them, all the while marveling at the serpentine rivers and endless pools around us – it’s almost as if we’re driving on the water itself! Then, our dose of history will be taken care of with a fascinating visit to the colorful island town of Sao Luis de Maranhao. We hit the sea on a boat ride along Río Preguiças, stopping at the lighthouse before winding up at Caburé, a blissfully remote stretch of sand lying between the ocean and the river, and the ideal spot to chill out after all of the unforgettable action.
DAY 1 – Transfer São Luís de Maranhão Airport/Hotel – City Tour
Airport arrival at São Luís de Maranhão, the capital of the state of Maranhão, and transfer to the pousada. After check in we will go on a city tour in São Luis historical center, important architectural complex of the 18th and 19th centuries, home to near 3,500 houses protected as World Heritage Sites since 1997. We’ll visit the Church of Sél; Squares Benedito Leite and Dom Pedro II; Fonte do Ribeirão, Arthur Azevedo Theater, Palace of the Lions, Street Portugal (especially the Portuguese tiles) and Giz Street; Beco Catarina Mina and Quebra Bundas, among other sites. Accommodation.
DAY 2 – Transfer to Barreirinhas – Short walk
Morning departure to Barreirinhas, with a stop for breakfast, where a four-wheel vehicle takes us to the entrance of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. Lunch time. Then we will go out to see the amazing Lencois Maranhenses National Park; this route is done in 4WD (off road), crossing loose sandy trails amid the vegetation, through small rivers, giving us the feeling of being inside a 'car-boat'. Arriving at our destination, we take a short walk over the dunes of Lençóis, vehicles not being allowed within the park. Time available to swim and refresh in the crystal clear lagoons to finally return after sunset. Accommodation
DAY 3 – Boat Tour
After breakfast, we leave in land vehicle to the embarkation place where we will take a speedboat ride on the Preguiças River. On our way we’ll see palm trees as Buriti, Juçara (açai berry) or Carnaúba as well as high and leafy Mangrove vegetation, which create a very diverse landscape. We’ll visit the communities that are in the EPA (Environmental Protection Area) of Pequenos Lençois: Vassouras, with are large amount of capuchin monkeys; Mandacaru, where we’ll visit the Preguiças Lighthouse, 35m high, providing great view of the Grandes Lençóis; the mouth of the Preguiças River and Pequenos Lençóis. The next stop is Caburé, a nice place located on a peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and the Preguiças River, pleasant corner to rest and a take a good swim in the sea or river. The site has good restaurants that are recommended for lunch (not included). At 14h return to Barreirinhas.
DAY 4 – Transfer to São Luís de Maranhão Airport
Transfer to the airport of São Luís de Maranhão for departure to the next destination.