Welcome to Maranhão

Maranhão is firmly on the travel map, thanks to the atmosphere-laden half-decayed, half-restored colonial city of São Luís (and its dynamic Afro-Brazilian festivities), its tranquil but gorgeous neighbor Alcântara, and the staggering beauty of the Parque Nacional dos Lençóis Maranhenses. Yet it remains wonderfully free of large-scale package tourism.

The coastal route from Jericoacoara (Ceará) to the Lençóis Maranhenses is one of the Northeast's great adventures and links endless empty beaches, tiny villages, lagoons and dunes.

Southern and eastern Maranhão are characterized by vast expanses of babaçu (palms) and typical sertão (backlands) landscapes, but the state's western and northwestern regions merge into humid Amazon rainforests.

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$1715 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Lençóis Maranhenses Intro (5 days - 4 nights)

Day 1: São LuisDisembark in São Luís and transfer to the lodging Premier Hotel or the Beach Hotel Ponta D 'Areia (Standard), in São Luís.Day 2: BarreirinhasAfter breakfast, we will go by regular bus to Barreirinhas. We will do a Tour to the National Park of Lençóis, visit tthe Lagoas Azul and Pisces onboard of a Toyota jardiniere 4x4. Overnight Pousada do Rio or Pousada D 'Areia.Meals included: BreakfastDay 3: Town of Cardosa with fluctuation in the Formiga RiverAfter breakfast, we will go for a Tour in the Village of Cardosa and do fluctuation in the beautiful River Formiga. You will enjoy a free afternoon. Overnight at the Pousada do Rio or Pousada D 'Areia.Meals included: BreakfastDay 4: Small LençóisAfter breakfast, we will embark on boat ride through the Preguiças River with a visit to the Small Lençóis (Vassouras, Mandacaru, Caburé). Overnight at Pousada do Rio or Pousada D 'Areia.Meals included: BreakfastDay 5: Barrerinhas x São LuisAfter breakfast, we will go back to São Luís by a private vehicle.Meals included: Breakfast

$40 Cultural & Theme Tours

Historic Walking Tour in São Luis

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Palacio dos Leoes, Sao Luis, State of MaranhaoPalacio dos Leoes is the headquarters building of the government of the Brazilian state of Maranhão. It is located in the historical center of the city of São Luís, in the area designated as World Heritage by UNESCO.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Museu Historico e Artistico do Maranhao, Sao Luis, State of MaranhaoThe Historical and Artistic Museum of Maranhão (MHAM) is a public museum located in the city of São Luís, at Solar Gomes de Souza, to encourage and disseminate the state's cultural heritageDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Casa do Maranhao, Sao Luis, State of MaranhaoThe Casa do Maranhão is a folk museum located in the city of São Luís. Inaugurated in 2002, the space was conceived as a showcase of the Maranhão cultureDuration: 15 minutes

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