Lençóis Maranhenses, Delta do Parnaíba, Barra Grande, Jericoacoara and Guajiru – (11 days and 10 nights)
Impressive off-road trip through one of the most unique regions of the globe, the Route of Emotions – Jeri, Delta, and Lençóis Maranhenses. Fantastic landscapes such as “wilderness” of Brazil, full of crystal clear lakes, the only open sea delta in the Americas and one of the prettiest beaches in the world will be visited on this tour, which includes ecotourism, adventure, sun & beach, culture and cuisine.
Three states of Northeastern Brazil will be visited in modern 4×4 vehicles and speedboats, besides several OPTIONAL activities such as walks, horse rides, panoramic flights, surf, kite and windsurf, bird and natural life watching besides living experience with local communities.
Dia a Dia
Day 1 - City of Origin - São Luís
Arrival in São Luís and transfer to the chosen accommodation.
Day 2 - São Luís – Barreirinhas
After breakfast, departure in minibus (option: flight over Grandes Lençóis) to Barreirinhas in the Lençóis Maranhenses, on a 3h30 duration trip. After check in and lunch (not included), tour to the striking National Park of the Lençóis Maranhenses.
Aboard of our 4×4 and by raft we will cross the river Rio Preguiças. Then we will follow the trails on the sand for about 40 minutos until the lagoons Lagoas Azul and Lagoa dos Peixes with their startling crystalline waters. After a five minutes walk through the dunes we arrive at the famous Lagoa Azul, an irresistible invitation to dive.
For those who want to explore the spectacular greatness of the Lençóis, the 20 minutes walk until the beautiful Lagoa dos Peixes is worth. Before we come back to the pousada, we will admire the sunset on the Lençóis Maranhenses, one of the most remarkable experiences that nature can give us.
Day 3 - Barreirinhas
This free day will give the traveler a chance to know more about the culture by visiting the Northeastern flour mill (“Casa de Farinha”), the Marcelino crafts community, or delving into the natural beauty of the region visiting other ponds in the park (such as Bonita, for example) or even delighting in the fluctuation on the limpid river Cardosa.
These are options not included in the tour itinerary.
Day 4 - Barreirinhas – Caburé
After breakfast, and with all bags packed, departure to the port where we will embark on fast motor boats up the river Rio Preguiças until the Caburé Beach. On the way, palms and mangroves are home to birds, reptiles and mammals. The first stop will be in Vassouras, one of many points where the dunes of the Rio Preguiças meet the Pequenos Lençóis. Monkeys (“macacos pregos”) and parrots amaze the travelers who stop to refresh themselves with cold drinks served at the shadows of the tents.
We follow on the motorboat to the lighthouse Mandacaru in the village of the same name,
which on top of its eight floors will reveal a 360 degrees view of all the exuberance of the place.
We will go then to the small town of Caburé and its rustic inns and restaurants, where we will
have lunch (not included). After lunch we will cross the Preguiças River to the village of Atins
where we will stay for the night Optional: possibility to ride on motor boat until the dormitory of the birds.
Day 5 - Caburé – Parnaíba
After breakfast, we say goodbye to the Lençóis aboard our powerful 4×4. Desert beaches, fields and dunes make up the landscape in this stretch.
We will make a short stop for photos at the Oasis of the Rio Novo (New River), the beginning of Pequenos Lençóis. We will pass through Paulino Neves, and its streets displaying their white sand and its wooden bridge over the Rio Novo.
Secondary roads will lead us to Lagoinha where we will appreciate Dona Madás’s shrimps (not included), while contemplating the placid lake.
Then we will follow up Tutóia where we will take the speedboat with which we will cross the Delta
do Parnaíba and its majestic labyrinth of islands, such as Igoronhon, Paulino, Caju and Canárias
Islands, where we will stop at Morro do Meio for a quick walk on the giant dunes of Caju Bay and a
swim in the waters of the Parnaíba River. The guarás (red ibis), a beautiful bird with its plumage of a bright red can be seen by hundreds, perching while the sun goes down at horizon (the sightings of animals depends on several factors combined), a rare and unforgettable spectacle.
The arrival will be at the Port of Tatus, from where we will be transfered for about fifteen
minutes to the hotel in Parnaíba.
Day 6 - Parnaíba – Barra Grande
After breakfast, we will visit the Lagoa do Portinho, one of Piauí’s postcard where we will go on a panoramic tour by Atalaia, Coqueiro and Maramar beaches until the pittoresque “combed” tree.
After 35 km of paved road, we will arrive at charming Barra Grande beach, with its quiet and clear waters. A paradise for Kitesurfers from around the world, who come there in search of the trade winds that blow there constantly. We will experience a little of the lifestyle of the natives with the great canoe and cart tour for observation of seahorses in the estuary of the Rio Cardoso.
The tide table will determine the duration of every ride on this day. Accommodation in charming inns in Barra Grande.
Day 7 - Barra Grande – Jericoacoara
Depending on natural conditions, after breakfast, there is the possibility to ride in a canoe (not included) for sighting of the rare manatee marine at Cajueiro Beach, where is located the headquarters of the Marine Mammal Center project / ICMBio. According to the tide, we will leave Barra Grande towards Jericoacoara by 115 km of asphalt until the raft, at the mouth of the River Coreaú, with which we will cross it to reach the white dunes and carnaúbas palm trees in Camocim’s Island of Love. The 4×4 will follow the waterfront until the beach of Tatajuba. We can descend the Funil dune using sandboarding planks leased at place (not included).
In the Torta Lagoon we will be delighted with the small hammocks over the water and the fruits of
the sea curious “live” menu from Didi’s restaurant. The second ferry crossing will take place on the Guriú beach, with its green-water channel and the cemetery of the mangrove trees.
We will follow the waterfront to Jericoacoara where we will arrive in time to enjoy the sunset on the famous Duna do Pôr do Sol (Dune of the Sunset), the daily ritual of residents and visitors of the place. The overnight stay in Jericoacoara will allows us to enjoy the nightlife of the small town, its restaurants, shops and bars.
Day 8 - Jericoacoara
After breakfast, off-road tour at Lagoa do Paraíso and Lagoa do Coração lagoons, visiting the Pedra Furada (Holed Stone), another of Ceará’s postcard , which we will reach after a 20 minute walk from the Praia do Prea.
On the Lagoa do Paraíso, the vibrant colors of the place refers to the Caribbean paradise: white and
very fine sands are confused with the green of the ground vegetation and coconut trees which in turn frame the turquoise crystal clear water.
Excellent structure of bars and restaurants. Overnight in Jericoacoara.
Note: On this day tours may be modified in order and route due to natural conditions.
Day 9 - Jericoacoara
We reserve that day for Jericoacoara. Great for light walking through its shops in streets filled with sand. You can still make trips to nearby on quads or horses, in addition to excellent swimming, especially at the beach of Malhada, which has a small “bath” of warm water formed on the rocks.
If you prefer, just lie in the chaise longue and let the time pass by you.
Day 10 - Jericoacoara – Guajiru
After breakfast, departure in 4×4 through the trails until the seaside at the Praia do Preá, where after 14 km of secondary roads we will reach the pavement. We will go through several small towns like Acaraú and Itarema until we reach the sands of the beaches of Icaraí da Amontada, Apiques, Caetano, Baleia and Mundaú, where the ferry will takes us to the beach Guajiru.
Throughout this coastal stretch of blue sea, the dunes and coconut trees will guide us through
small fishing colonies interspersed with beaches and sophisticated luxury houses, in a breathtaking landscape which is typical of Ceará’s coast. This day may undergo change in route due to the tide. Overnight in Guajiru Beach.
Day 11 - Guajiru – Fortaleza
According to the tide schedule, we will continue our adventure by the mouth of the Trairi, which we will cross on the ferry, until the beautiful Lagoinha beach, Ceará’s postcard, where we take a strategic stop for pictures, bathing and lunch.
We will follow soon after by asphalt to the beaches of Cumbuco and Icaraí, already in the metropolitan area of Fortaleza.
Transfer to the airport.
* Accommodation with breakfast in the chosen category: 1 night in São Luís, 2 nights in Barreirinhas, 1 night in Caburé, 1 night in Parnaíba, 1 night in Barra Grande, 3 nights in Jericoacoara and 1 night in Guajiru.
* All terrestrial services, speedboats and tours mentioned:
Between destinations: Transfers São Luís/Barreirinhas (regular), Barreirinhas/Caburé (regular), Caburé/Parnaíba (private), Parnaíba/Barra Grande (private), Barra Grande/Jericoacoara (private), Jericoacoara/Fortaleza (private, exceted in the option by bus).
São Luís: Arrival and departure transfers (regular).
Barreirinhas: Tour by 4×4 to the lagoons Lagoa Azul and Peixes (regular), tour by speedboat by the Rio Preguiças with visit to Vassouras, Mandacaru Lighthouse and Caburé (regular).
Parnaíba: tour by speedboat throughout the Delta do Parnaíba – Delta Cruiser with Guarás (ibis) watching (private), tour to the Lagoa do Portinho and Atalaia, Coqueiro and Maramar beaches, and
“combed” tree (private).
Barra Grande: tour by boat and charrette to watch sea-horses (regular).
Jericoacoara: off-road tour to lagoons Paraíso, Coração, the Pedra Furada, Lagoa de Tatajuba (Lagoa da Torta) and Funil Dune (private).
Guajiru*: tour/transfer by 4×4 by Ceará’s beaches such as Preá, Icaraí da Amontada, Apiques, Caetano, Baleia, Mundaú, Trairi, Lagoinha, Cumbuco and Icaraí, among others (private).
Only for option Fortaleza-Jericoacoara by beaches: Tour / shuttle by 4×4 by the beaches of Ceará such as Preá, Icaraí da Amontada, Apiques, Caetano, Baleia, Mundaú, Trairi, Lagoinha, Cumbuco and Icaraí, among others – may change in order and itinerary according to natural conditions (private).