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From French-influenced Sao Luis, we head for the Lençois Maranhenses, where indescribable beauty surrounds us in the form of sand dunes and clear lakes. On a river excursion, we travel through the mangroves of the Parnaiba Delta, one of the three largest deltas in the whole world and the only one in the Americas that empties into the open sea. This unique ecological sanctuary is great for trekking as well as spotting birds and wildlife. Transportation by charter flights and off-road 4 x 4 vehicles.

 Short itinerary

Day 1 -
Depart from home
Day 2 -
Sao Luis - Day at leisure
Day 3 -
Lençois Maranhenses National Park - Excursions
Day 4 -
Lençois Maranhenses - River Excursion
Day 5 -
Delta do Parnaiba - Tour by 4x4 vehicle
Day 6 -
Delta do Parnaiba - Tour by boat
Day 7 - Parnaiba - Sao Luis - Day at leisure
Day 8 -
Sao Luis - Optional excursions
Day 9 -

 Detailed itinerary

 Day 1
 - Depart from home
Departure from your home town on an overnight flight to Sao Luis.

 Day 2  - Sao Luis - Day at leisure
Arrive in the morning in Sao Luis, the capital of the state of Maranhão. The city was originally founded by the French in 1612 and later occupied by the Dutch in the mid-1600s. The Portuguese influence was greatest, of course, and this is reflected in the stately mansions and their intricate tile facades. Sao Luis is located on the island of the same name. We will have some time in the evening to explore. On Avenida Pedro II (named after the Brazilian emperor) we'll see some of the oldest buildings in Brazil, such as the 1612 French fortress and later governor's mansion the Palacio dos Leon (Lion Palace), the Palácio La Ravardiere (Ravardiere Palace) which served as both city hall and the town's prison, as well as the Igreja da Sé ¨the Sé church) from 1619. Overnight at Briza Mar or similar in Sao Luis.

 Day 3  - Lençois Maranhenses National Park - Excursions
We'll leave Sao Luis with a short charter flight to Barreirinhas. We will be met at the airport and be transferred in 4x4 vehicles to the Lençois Maranhenses National Park, the largest such park in northeastern Brazil. Situated on the northern coast of the state of Maranhão, the Lençois Maranhenses National Park consists of a unique landscape of rolling dunes, some reaching ten meters (33 feet) in height. It's practically a desert with thousands of crystal-clear lakes surrounded by picturesque dunes, mangroves and beaches. The park derives its name from the fact that the vast expanse of dunes resembles bed sheets (lençois). On the way, we will visit Lagoa Azul (Blue Lake) and either dos Bentos or Lagoa Bonita. Rooms at our lodge are equipped with a/c, TV, mini fridge. There's also a pool at the lodge. Here, the tours in the 4x4 (Toyota Bandeirantes or Landrover) are included in your package. Overnight at the Pousada Buriti or similar.

 Day 4  - Lençois Maranhenses - River Excursion
Today we go on a river excursion on the Preguica River including a visit to waterfalls. See the best sights of Pequenos Lençois like Morro do Boi, Alazã Espadarte, Vassouras and the Mandacaru lighthouse, from which you have a stupendous overview of the dunes. Lunch on Cambare Beach. The tour is included in your stay at the Buriti. Overnight at the Pousada Buriti.

 Day 5  - Delta do Parnaiba - Tour by 4x4 vehicle
We will be transferred in 4x4 vehicles to the Delta do Parnaï region. This unique area is the only delta in the Western Hemisphere facing the open sea. Pretty mangrove-lined islands and dunes are typical of this part of the state of Piauï. We'll have a panoramic tour that includes the beaches of Mangue Seco, Tatajuba, Guri, Barra do Feijã and also along the coast of Piauï where we will pass Atalá, Peito de Moç, Itaqui, Coqueiro, Arrombado, Carnaubinha, Maramar e Macapá. Upon arrival we'll check into our remotely located lodge with A/C, TV, hot showers and a pool.

 Day 6  - Delta do Parnaiba - Tour by boat
Today we will enjoy a boat tour on the Parnaiba Delta. Typical lunch will consist of caranguejada, a wonderful local crab specialty. Overnight in Delta do Parnaiba

 Day 7  - Parnaiba - Sao Luis - Day at leisure
Leave Parnaiba to return to Sao Luis. The rest of the day will be at your leisure. Enjoy this diverse city's active nightlife or sample some French-influenced cuisine at one of the fine restaurants in town. Overnight at Briza Mar or similar in Sao Luis.

 Day 8
 - Sao Luis - Optional excursions
At leisure in Sao Luis. Overnight at Briza Mar or similar in Sao Luis.

 Day 9
 - Departure
In the early afternoon, we will depart back to Sao Luis for the flight to our final destination.

The ecobrazil family wishes you a great expedition!

  Tour package includes 

- Local ground transportation by 4x4 SUV's
- Charter flight from Sao Luis to Lençois & Parnaiba to Sao Luis
- Double accommodations
- Daily breakfast & selected meals
- Selected activities
- Bilingual guide services

 NOTE  Prices, as listed in our rates pages, are subject to availability and may vary by time of year. All prices are based on double accommodations and subject to change without notice. Package does not include airport taxes, optional tours, tips or items of a personal nature.

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