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Location: São Luís, Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Rio Preguiças, Caburé , Paulino Neves, Parnaiba, Delta das Americas, Jericoacoara, Fortaleza
Starting / Ending Point: São Luís - Fortaleza

12-day tour from São Luís to Fortaleza

Enjoy our extended trip from São Luís to Fortaleza, where you will be able to encounter history, national parks, sand dunes, lagoons, wild live, mangroves and beach paradises. This package offers a great opportunity to experience a part of Brazil full of natural wonders.

12-day tour from São Luís to Fortaleza

Arriving in the airport of São Luís in the morning, you will be collected and taken to your accommodation. São Luís is the only city in Brazil which was founded by the French. The city has almost 1 million inhabitants and over 1,2 million in its metropolitan area . A nice walk around the historical centre of the city is an excellent way to appreciate this beautiful  and well-preserved colonial town. The buildings with tiles walls and the cobblestone streets of the historic center have been listed a World heritage site by UNESCO.  São Luis has a distinctive culture with popular traditions and festivals, folkloric traditions and typical music. Therefore it definitely stands out among Brazilian cities.  

There is a welcome meeting in the end of the afternoon.

The next day we have an early start and go towards the national park of Lençois Maranhenses, where we will stay a couple of days, in order to fully enjoy the beauty of the area. The approximately 1550 square kilometer National Park is an area of low, flat land with large white sand dunes, oases with crystalline waters, beautiful remote beaches, mangroves,  interesting fauna and migratory birds. Although the Park might seem like one big desert, the region is in fact subject to a regular rain season. Due to the water which is collected in the valleys between the dunes, beautiful blue and green lagoons can be spotted.

We will visit “Grandes Lençóis”, or “Big Bed Sheets”, named this way because of the appearance of the sand dunes. A journey by 4-wheel drive trucks takes us through traditional fishing villages. This part is isolated, only inhabited by fishermen during the rainy season.  

12-day tour from São Luís to Fortaleza

A boat journey up the “Rio Preguiças”, during which will be able to spot some monkeys, will take us to a small community. The inhabitants make their living from the Buriti tree, an important palm tree in this area, which is used to make handcrafts and other products. We will be able to see the production processes firsthand. Afterwards we will navigate to Caburé. Along the way, we will make a stop at Mandacaru Light House and Vassouras. Here there is an Environmental Protected Area called the “Pequenos Lençóis” or “Small Bed Sheets” .

We continue by 4x4 and will see some aspects of the unique simplicity of a few farming communities. Afterwards, we take a local public bus to Parnaíba, from where we take a boat to the Delta das Americas, or Delta do Parnaiba , the only delta to open into the Atlantic Ocean. Our journey offers the chance to visit one of the biggest mangrove forests in the world, an area of 2700 square kilometers with islands, beaches, lagoons, sand dunes and mangroves.  The delta is home to amazing wildlife, and with some luck you will be able to see a wide variety of fauna, such as snakes, crabs, iguanas,  monkeys, caiman and some beautiful bird species, such as the beautiful scarlet ibis.

After our journey through the Delta we go onwards to Jericoacoara, on a bumby road in our 4x4 truck, passing through rustic villages and amazing beaches. Jericoacoara, or Jeri,  is a small fishing village and an idyllic place. Until about 20 years ago Jeri did not even have roads, electricity, or newspapers, and nowadays there is still no street illumination. In 2002 the area was declared National Park.

12-day tour from São Luís to Fortaleza

The beach of Jericoacoara is known to be one of themost beautiful beaches in Brazil, and one of the few places in the country from where it is possible to see the sun set over the ocean. During our stay in Jericoacoara, we will go on a buggy trip to visit Lagoas Azul, with its stunning freshwater lagoons, and Paraíso. You will have time to enjoy a horseback ride along desolate beaches, perhaps try some capoeira lessons or climb the sand dunes for some sand boarding. At night, you can enjoy the nice restaurants, the relaxed atmosphere, and the forró music.

After our days spent in the idyllic Jericoacoara, we will take the bus to Fortaleza. Here you will have some leisure time to discover the city by yourself. Enjoy the last days of your trip!

Your itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in São Luís. Transfer to your accommodation. Welcome meeting.
12-day tour from São Luís to Fortaleza Day 2-3-4: Lençois Maranhenses National Park
Day 5-6: Rio Preguiças / Paulino Neves / Parnaíba
Day 7: Delta das Americas
Day 8-9-10: Jericoacoara. Visit to Lagoas Azul and Paraíso.
Day 11: Fortaleza
Day 12: Departure Day

Note that can run at any date, having a minimum of 4 pax required. If you are travelling with less people, heck with us if we can form a group on your desired date.

Should there not be enough participants for the group tour, you can do a similar tour independently (different prices may apply).

12 days/11 nights


There are no fixed departure dates for this tour. Group tours can run at any date, as long as there is a minimum of 4 pax.
If you prefer to do this tour independently, you can start on any day you wish.

    12-day tour from São Luís to Fortaleza
  • Breakfast every day.
  • One lunch (day 4)
  • 11 nights in guesthouses/ hotels based on a twin/double room.
  • All transport as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 4x4 Trip to Lençóis Maranhenses National Park
  • Visit to local community
  • Boat journey to Caburé
  • Delta das Americas boat tour
  • Buggy Trip to Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Paraíso in Jericoacoara.
  • Arrival transfer


  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees (if required) and airport tax
  • Any International Flights and additional flights to/from the beginning and end of the tour
  • Meals/ drinks not specified in the itinerary
  • Departure transfer
  • Optional trips/excursions during the tour
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

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