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On this gem of a tour, you'll have a chance to experience for yourself what serene beauty the northeast of Brazil holds. We'll take dune buggies through the immense and surreal sand dunes of Lençois, ride a riverboat up the Parna� Delta emptying into the Atlantic Ocean and relax on the isolated, palm-lined beach paradise of Jericoacoara. Transportation by motor coach, charter flight and off-road 4 x 4 vehicle.

 Short itinerary


Day 1 -
Departure from home town
Day 2 -
Fortaleza - Day at leisure
Day 3 -
Fortaleza - Jericoacoara
Day 4 -
Jericoacoara - Day at leisure - Optional excursions
Day 5 -
Jericoacoara - Delta do Parnaiba - Panoramic tour
Day 6 -
Delta do Parnaiba - Boat tour
Day 7 - Parnaiba - Lençois Maranhenses - Tour
Day 8 -
Lençois Maranhenses - River trip
Day 9 -
Lençois Maranhenses - São Luis
Day 10 -
São Luis - Fortaleza

 Detailed itinerary

 Day 1
 - Departure from home
Departure from your home town on an international flight to Fortaleza, Brazil.


 Day 2  - Fortaleza - Day at leisure
After our flight arrives in the early morning, we will be met at the airport and be transferred to our beachfront hotel, after which we will check in and have time to rest. Enjoy a free day in Fortaleza. The city of Fortaleza is an active center of commerce and fishing in Brazil's northeastern state of Ceará® Although it was not colonized until the early 1600s, Portuguese explorers landed here in 1500. The Dutch established a stronghold with the construction of Schoonenborch fortress, but control of the settlement at Fortaleza teetered between the Portuguese, Indians and Dutch several times in the 1600s. The town later became a trading post for cattle farms that were established in Ceará's interior. Nowadays, Fortaleza is used as a jumping-off point for many serene palm-lined beaches that the northeast is known for. The lively Praia da Iracema and Praia do Meireles are excellent choices for going out. The beaches in Fortaleza are known more for their nightlife than for soaking up sun and surf. Overnight at Othon Imperial.


 Day 3  - Fortaleza - Jericoacoara
We will make the all-day journey to one of the most pristine beaches in world. Our day will be one of pure fun and adventure as we make selected stops along the way. Known as one of the world's best beaches, rustic Jericoacoara is as beautiful as it gets. Since 1984, the area was declared protected in order to preserve its environmental integrity. The beaches, palm trees, dunes, reefs and rocky outcroppings are truly a sight to behold. Jericoacoara, or Jeri, as it is sometimes called, takes its peculiar name from the Tupi-Guarani words yuruco (hole) and cuara (turtle), referring to the sea turtles' egg-laying on the beaches. Overnight in Jericoacoara at the Pousada Matusa or similar.


 Day 4  - Jericoacoara - Day at leisure - Optional excursions
At leisure to enjoy paradise. There are many optional tours available. Visit Pedra Furada ("Pierced Rock"), a photogenic rock formation with a small quartzite cave nearby. It's also possible to take an extremely scenic ride through the dunes to visit the Lagoa do Paraïso ("Paradise Lagoon"). Rent horses or go for a dune buggy ride. You'll never forget the sunsets here... Overnight in Jericoacoara at the Pousada Matusa or similar.


 Day 5  - Jericoacoara - Delta do Parnaiba - Panoramic tour
We will be transferred in 4x4 vehicles to the Delta do Parnaiba 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 and Macapá. Upon arrival we'll check into our lodge with A/C, TV, hot showers and a pool.


 Day 6  - Delta do Parnaiba - Boat tour
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 - Lençois Maranhenses - Tour
Today we leave Parnaiba to make our way 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). We'll visit the Rio Novo Oasis and Barra Beach in Tutó over the course of our journey, arriving at lodge in the afternoon. We'll overnight in a comfortable but rustic lodge.

 Day 8  - Lençois Maranhenses - River trip
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. We can stop on Cambare Beach for a lunch break. Overnight in Lençois in a comfortable lodge with A/C, TV and mini fridge.

 Day 9  -  Lençois Maranhenses - São Luis
Early this morning, we can visit Lagoa Azul (Blue Lake) and either dos Bentos or Lagoa Bonita. From Lençois, we fly in the afternoon to São 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. São 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 Palácio 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 in São Luis.


 Day 10  - São Luis - Fortaleza
Free time in the morning to relax. In the early afternoon, we will depart back to São Luis for our flight back home.


The ecobrazil family wishes you a great expedition!
 
  Tour package includes 
  

- (Contact us for add-ons prices if departing from other US city)
- Local ground transportation by 4x4 SUV's
- Charter flight from Lençois to Sao Luis
- Double accommodations
- Daily breakfast
- Selected activities & expeditions
- 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 international airfares, airport taxes, optional tours, tips or items of a personal nature.


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