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THE MARANHÃO DUNES

Presentation

Trekking through the Brazilian desert. This natural wonder is composed by huge dunes and, among them, several translucent lakes to bathe along the route. Overnight and meals taken inside oasis amidst the sandy panorama. Unforgettable experience to stay in peace with the spirit and with the nature.

Attractions

São luis, the colonial capital of Maranhão, the end of the villages of Santo Amaro & Atins
The Lencois Maranhenses National Park, its white sand desert & its cristal clear lagoons
The contact with local populations of Baixa Grande & Queimada dos Britos oasis
Roasted cashew nut, the nigths in hammock under the stars & the endless bath
Aventure – Nature – Trekking – Ecotourism – Fauna & Flora

Roadmap –  5 days

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DAY 1 : SÃO LUIS – BARREIRINHAS – ATINS
After breakfast, collective passenger transport transpotation to Barreirinhas. 04H00 journey for 260 km. Villages and plantations pass behind the windows. A mere reflection of local day-by-day, local agricultural life. Lunch in Barreirinhas near the Preguiças River. After lunch, stroll into the mangroves for mud bath trying to catch crabs. Silent progression allows to observe and listen to herons and parrots and maybe see the monkeys. The shadows lengthen and Atins emerges. Upon arrival, disembark and transfer to the hotel. Check-in, installation and rest of the day at leisure to visit the village.
Meals not included. Night at the hotel.

DAY 2 : ATINS – BAIXA GRANDE
Before dawn, short 4x4 transpotation to “Canto do Atins”. Where we disembark into an open field between the dunes and the ocean. Cap to the West. Hiking on the dunes and around the lagoons in the company of a local Portuguese-speaking guide. 06 hours walk for 18 km. His presence is mandatory. Well the desert is constantly changing under the influence of the climate. The lagoons are illuminated in blue and green tones, with the rising sun. Breakfast next to a pool before we continue trekking. The lagoons are a permanent temptation. Diving and swimming turns to be sweet companions as we progress on firm sands through the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. Pause for lunch, another swim and a nap before the finish line. Late afternoon arrival in Baixa Grande, an oasis in the desert, a tiny fishing village and a shelter of adventurers. Night under the stars.
Meals included. Night in a hammock.

DAY 3 : BAIXA GRANDE – QUEIMADA DOS BRITOS
After breakfast, trekking to Queimada dos Britos, the second oasis of the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. 03H00 walk for 08 km. The lagoons are revealed after a short climb on the dunes and it goes on and on. The horizon is full of them like a crumpled tissue. Progress is slow; walking on the dunes, swimming in the lagoons. Lunch next to a pool. Before the day continues as the guide leads the column among the sediments coloured lagoons and the low vegetation.
Arrival in Queimada dos Britos during the afternoon. End of the day at leisure in the oasis.
Meals included. Night in a hammock.

DAY 4 : QUEIMADA DOS BRITOS – SANTO AMARO
After breakfast, trekking to the western border of the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park and the small town of Santo Amaro. 06h00 walk for 20 km. The desert landscapes are similar and the maze keeps its mystery. The guide leads the column between the sediments coloured lagoons and the low vegetation. Picnic by a lagoon before the final raid. The progression is still slow on the firm sand due to numerous swimming stops. Arrival in Santo Amaro during the afternoon. Check-in, installation in the hotel and rest of the day at leisure in the village.
Meals included. Night at the hotel.

DAY 5 : SANTO AMARO DO MARANHÃO – SANGUE – SÃO LUIS
After breakfast, private transpotation to São Luis. 04H30 journey for 250 km. Upon arrival, check-in, installation at the hotel and end of the day at leisure to discover São Luis historical city centre.
Meals not included. Night at the hotel.

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