Lençóis Maranhenses National Park is a unique place in the world: a mixture of pristine desert landscapes of dunes and oases with crystal clear natural lagoons. This itinerary consists is an ecological adventure that brings all the richness and essence of the fantastic Lençóis Maranhenses Experience.
During the tour we will visit lost communities, untouched rivers, gigantic dunes and multicolored lagoons. We will be able to understand what it’s like to live in an area where nature rules, living the immemorial way of life of the natives. For sure a transforming and unforgettable experience.
Lençóis Maranhenses National Park Highlights
Visit the beautiful Blue Lagoons;
Visit Lençóis Maranhenses National Park;
Have the opportunity to visit giant dunes and colorful lagoons during the tour;
Know the place that was mentioned in the book “1.000 Places To See Before You Die”.
What is the itinerary of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park?
Day 1: São Luis, Capital of the Maranhão
Reception at São Luis Airport and Transfer to the Hotel Premier or the Beach Ponta D’Aria Hotel. You will enjoy a free day to get to know the surroundings of the hotel and the city
Day 2: Barreirinhas
Meals included: Breakfast
At approximately 7a.m, we will go by bus to Barreirinhas. We will arrive in Barreirinhas at 12:30p.m. At 2:30p.m a 4×4 vehicle will pick you up to do a Tour in Lençóis National Park, where we will visit the famous Blue Lagoon and Emerald Lagoon and the fabulous sunset on the top of a sand dune. We will be back to the Hotel by approximately at 6:00 or 7:00 p.m.
Your lodging will be at Pousada do Rio or similar.
Day 3: Atins
Meals included: Breakfast
Departure from Barreirinhas in a 4×4 Toyota vehicle that will take us to a ferry to cross the Preguiças river, which gives access to the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park (PNLM). The 30km trail takes approximately 1h40min, always accompanied by a guide. The first stop is at the beginning of the dunes, where all the formation of dunes in the National Park begins. Then we will continue to Atins to discover the mouth of the Preguiças River (the meeting of the river’s waters with the sea). From the river mouth, we will continue to Canto do Atins in a 20-minute drive, arriving at the dunes, the guide will take a walk to discover lakes and deserted beaches. Around 1:30 pm, stop for lunch (not included) at a rustic restaurant, owned by Sr° Antônio or Srª Luzia, where we will taste a grilled shrimp.
Day 4: Caburé
Meals included: Breakfast
Departure from Barreirinhas down the Preguiças river by speedboat, after 40 minutes you will reach the community of Vassouras, areas of the small sheets, where we have a support point and a beautiful view of dunes and mangroves, in addition to knowing the fauna and flora of the place. Depending on the rainy season, we will have ponds for swimming. Then we will go to the community of Mandacarú to see the Preguiças lighthouse with its 160 steps, from the top we have a fantastic panoramic view of the region. Then we continue to Caburé beach (peninsula), where lunch is held (not included) and you can enjoy a beautiful beach.
Day 5: So long, São Luis!
Meals included: Breakfast
After breakfast, we will go back on a private vehicle to São Luís Airport or Hotel (if you are going to continue in São Luís). To be agreed according to flight. The drive from Barreirinhas to São Luis Airport is approximately 5 hours. We recommend to get late afternoon flights.
Inclusions and Exclusions
What’s included in Lençóis Maranhenses National Park?
Transfer to São Luis Airport x Hotel Premier or Hotel D ‘Areia according to availability
Transfer from São Luís X Barreirinhas
Transfer Barreirinha x São Luís Airport
1 Night at Premier Hotel or Beach Hotel Ponta D ‘Areia (Standard) according to availability
3 Nights at Pousada do Rio or Pousada D ‘Areia according to availability
Breakfast all days
Tour in Lençóis Maranhenses National Park in 4×4 vehicle
Tour in the Village of Cardosa and fluctuation experience on the Rio Formiga (Ant River)
Boat Tour in the Preguiças River
Lunch and Dinner
Drinks, desert or food not described as included
Drinks or food not described as included
Travel insurance (Consult us about plans and rates)
Scenic flight atop the National Park (can be requested)
Any item not described as included
Average temperature in the region of Maranhão
Average chance of rain in the region of Maranhão
What kind of gear do I need to go to Lençóis Maranhenses?
Hat or Cap
Sandals or Shoes for Walking
Diving Masks (for supporters)
Camera or video camera (as well as cleaning them)
Insect repellent (some areas)
Raincoat (January to June)
Waterproof bags for luggage
Important things you should know before booking!
Before booking any product, check the risks involved, what’s included, the necessary equipment and the FAQ. If doubts arise, contact us.
When booking any tour, the tourist attests knowledge to the natural risk inherent in ecotourism and adventure activities as well as the activities risks. If you wish to understand more about the risks involved, contact us.
The excessive ingestion of alcoholic beverages or the use of drugs, as well as the carrying of weapons of any kind, before or during activities, is not allowed under penalty of exclusion of the participant.
The itinerary and the order of the tours can be changed due to the weather and/or adverse conditions inherent to the practice of ecotourism and adventure tourism.
What are the vaccines needed?
Yellow fever is the only mandatory vaccine to enter Brazil, please check you country vaccine requirements.
We recommend Hepatitis B vaccine and the globally recommended vaccines: MMR (measles, rubella and mumps), DT (diphtheria and tetanus), polio, influenza and meningitis.
Do I need Visa?
Although most of the tourists can rely on fast and easy electronic e-Visas, depending on your country of origin a standard Visa can be required to enter Brazil.
Please make sure to verify the requirements before you travel for this is a responsibility of the tourist.
FAQ Lençóis Maranhenses National Park
How do I get there?
There are international flights direct to São Luis and a lot of national flights from all the main cities in Brazil. The airport in São Luis is SLZ and has quite a standard infrastructure for such a remote place.
Is there transfer service?
Yes. In São Luis there is receptive service from the airport to the hotel.
Is it safe?
São Luis is the capital of the Maranhão and as a big city it has problems as any other big city in the world. However, there is no need to be afraid. Just keep your belongings with you and pay attention to your bags and everything should be fine.
What ages is it suitable?
The journey to the Lençóis Maranhenses is suitable to people of any age. As long as you don’t have mobility problems (in such a case that we do not recommend this adventure), you will fully enjoy.
What’s the physical effort involved?
Some of the activities in this package involve physical effort, such as walk through the dunes . However it is not very demanding.
Do I have to do any training?
No need any training. After all, you will walk through the dunes and with stops to swim.
Will my cell phone work?
Yes, your cell phone will work on the Hotel and Airport.
Are there any wi-fi spots?
In São Luis and the Hotel only.
What are the luggage restrictions?
There is luggage restriction of 15 kg per person. Please consider the airline luggage restricions.
Any packing tips?
Backpacking packs are recommended.
Who will I be travelling with?
This is not a private package and has daily departures, so there might be other tourists travelling with you.