Lençóis Maranhenses Trekking Expedition – 05 days – São Luís – Brazil

Lençóis Maranhenses Trekking Expedition is considered one of the most fantastic treks in Brasil and Latin America, a mixture of pristine desert landscapes of dunes and oases with crystal clear natural lagoons that make this expedition absolutely unique.

Located on the North of Brazil (Maranhão State), the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park counts 155 hectares and offers a unique landscape with white sand dunes and numerous lagoons with crystalline waters formed by the action of rainfall. An oasis in the desert.

During this one-of-a-kind experience, we will cross the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, getting to know all its magic, its crystalline lagoons and local villages. A great trekking in the Brazilian desert with 05 days duration with overnights in local residents houses for greater comfort and authenticity, with meals and accommodation included.

Have a look at the complete itinerary and embark on this beautiful expedition with Nattrip!


Lençóis Maranhenses Trekking Expedition Highlights

  • Know the fantastic Lençóis Maranhenses National Park;
  • Cross the Park in the most eco-friendly way;
  • Have the opportunity to visit giant dunes and colorful lagoons while trekking;
  • Know the place that was mentioned in the book “1.000 Places To See Before You Die”.


What is the itinerary of the Lençóis Maranhenses Trekking Expedition?

Day 1: Transfer São Luis Airport x Barreirinhas village x Atins village

Hiking distance: 6 km
Overnight mode: Local residents lodge
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

On the 1st day of our expedition, you will be required to arrive at São Luis  Airport should at the latest 3 am, because we will begin the transfer that will take us to Barreirinhas (265km – 4 hours) around 4am. Once we arrive in the small village of Barreirinhas, will have a good breakfast and then we will embark on a little boat to the beautiful Preguiças River. We will enjoy nice views with some lagoons and local small villages. Our first destination will be Atins village. We will start a remarkable 6 km walk on this 1st day of the expedition.

Day 2: Atins Village x Baixada Grande Village : crossing the desert

Hiking distance: 24 km
Overnight mode: Local residents lodge
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

After breakfast, we will start our hike early (at 4 am) to enjoy walking across beautiful paths and low sun exposure. We will walk about 24km, during approximately 8 hours, by the spectacular dunes until arriving at Baixa Grande village. It will be a heavy day, but all the amazinig landscapes we will cross will be more than rewarding. Furthermore, we will arrive early to enjoy some of the oasis of the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park.

Day 3: Baixada Grande x Queimada dos Britos

Hiking distance: 12 km
Overnight mode: Local residents lodge
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

After a reinforced breakfast, around 6:00 am, we will continue our great adventure in the Lençóis Maranhenses. On this day, we will do a 12km walk, and thus will have more time to relax and enjoy the unique scenery of this place.

Day 4: Queimada dos Britos x Santo Amaro village x Transfer to São Luis city

Hiking distance: 20 km
Overnight mode: Hotel at São Luis City
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

On the 4th day of our expedition, we will wake up very early for the last day of trekking of our expedition. We will hike to Santo Amaro with arrival scheduled for late afternoon. In Santo Amaro, our van will be waiting for us to return in comfort to São Luis city. We will be staying in a comfortable hotel overlooking the sea. After all, after such a crossing, we really deserve it.

Day 5: Free day at São Luis (City Tour) x End of the Expedition

Hiking distance: –
Overnight mode: –
Meals included: Breakfast

We will have a free morning to rest at the hotel, and in the afternoon we will do a city tour through São Luis, getting to know the charming Historic Center and other attractions.

Weather Information

Average temperature in the region of Lençóis Maranhenses

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Average chance of rain in the region of Lençóis Maranhenses

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Inclusions and Exclusions

What’s included in the Lençóis Maranhenses trekking?


  • Receptive and transfer in São Luis airport to Barreirinhas village (Day 01);
  • Boat transfer to Atins village (Day 01);
  • Transfer Santo Amaro village x São Luis (Day 04)
  • 03 nights at local residents lodges;
  • 01 night at Hotel at São Luis (Day 04) with brakfast;
  • Guided Lençóis Maranhenses trekking exedition;
  • Leader specialized in long-course hikes and trained with first-aid fundamentals;
  • Meals during the trekking: Breakfast, and dinner;
  • Gear purchasing advisory before departure (at your disposal);
  • Remote expedition monitoring;

Not included:

  • Airline tickets (can be included under request) ;
  • Travel insurance (consult us about plans and rates) ;
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in inclusions ;
  • Medications of personal use ;
  • Gratuities and donations ;
  • Any item not described as included.


What to bring to the 5 Days Lençóis Maranhenses trekking?

What you need to bring (Mandatory) :

  • ID or Passaport;
  • Trekking Backpack (minimun of 50l)
  • Sleeping bag (for 05~10ºc confort);
  • Walking stick (01 or 02);
  • Headlamp and batteries;
  • Bottle of water;
  • Boot / Hiking shoes;
  • Dry Fit / Polyamide shirts (long sleeves);
  • Anorak /Fleece;
  • Plastic bags (for trash);
  • Toilet paper;
  • Cell phone;
  • Little towel;
  • Sunglasses;
  • Sunscreen;
  • Sandals/flip flops;
  • Sancks for the trekking (between meals).


Where do we meet to go to the Lençóis Maranhenses Trekking Expedition?

Departure point and times:

  • 04:00 – your hosting in São Luis or the São Luis Airport (Marechal Cunha Machado International);

Total Duration: 05 days finishing in your hosting in São Luis or São Luis Airport.

Expedition Pick-up point:

Where does the trekking take place?


FAQ Lençóis Maranhenses Trekking Expedition

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 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.

How many kilometers, on average, will we walk a day on the Lencóis Maranhenses Trekking Expedition??

Day 1 – 6 km;
Day 2 – 24 km;
Day 3 – 12 km;
Day 4 – 20 km.

What ages is it suitable?

Each person knows their limits. We don’t limit anybody, but we don’t recommend to youngers less than 12 years old.

Is there any cell phone signal during the trekking days?

There is no cell phone signal during the trekking days. For those who wish to use the mobile device for photos it is valid to carry a ‘power bank’ during the activity.

How’s the group? Who will I be travelling with?

Our expeditions consists of small groups. In case of large number of people, we will divide into small groups that will hike with minimum interval. Other people might join the same group. If you want to go on a private group, contact us before booking.

What kind of gear do I need? What are the luggage restrictions?

A comfortable backpacking pack (50L minimum) is mandatory as well as a sleeping bag (for 05~10ºc confort). Nattrip can provide a gear purchasing advisory before departure if needed.

What are the vaccines needed? What about the Zyka Virus?

Yellow fever vaccine is mandatory. Aedes Aegypti is an urban mosquito, it does not proliferate in wild natural environments. No diseases transmitted by this mosquito will be found in the natural places visited (dengue, zyka, etc)

Do I have to bring cash?

We always recommend to bring cash with you. In São Luis there is possibility to buy local handcraft and souvenirs. Drinks and tips are not included also.

Where do we will sleep?

While trekking the overnights will be in local resident houses in small villages of the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. The last night of the Expedition will be in a Hotel in the city of São Luis.

If the weather forecast is unfavorable, is the expedition canceled / deferred?

Nattrip constantly monitors the weather forecast for the specific microclimate of the Lençóis Maranhenses, including during the expedition. If Nattrip agency and /or Activity Guides understand that the physical integrity risks inherent to natural activity are being exceeded, the event may be postponed or cancelled.



1120USD per person (for 03 or more persons group)

1387USD per person (for 02 or more persons group)

2227USD per person (for 01 person group)

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Schedule and Outings

This tour has daily departure

• Daily departure available ;

• Please consider that this tour requires booking 3 days in advance depending on theminimum quorum.


  • More than 5 participants, contact us!

Group type

  • Small groups (10 persons max)
  • Open for any customer to join
  • Bilingual Leaders (Professional Tour Guides)
  • Satellite monitoring with SPOT Gen3


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