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São Luís, Alcântara and the Lençóis Maranhenses

One of our culture VS nature itineraries. Follow our guides through São Luís and Alcântara. After an immersion in the cultural past of Northeast Brazil, visit the unique landscape of the Lençóis Maranhenses Natural Park.



  • Day 1: São Luís
  • Day 2: Alcântara
  • Day 3: São Luís - Barreirinhas
  • Day 4: Barreirinhas - São Luís


Day 1: São Luís

Arrival at São Luís airport and meeting with your Portuguese-speaking driver who will drive you to the hotel.

Half-day city tour of the São Luís historical center: you will be learning the secrets of alleys, XVIIIth and XIXth century colonial mansions and political monuments of São Luís before heading towards the Sé Cathedral, at the end of the avenue Dom Pedro II, which leads to the seaside.
Included : private transport, transfer arrival, english speaking guide, excursion (private)

Day 2: Alcântara

In the morning, depending on your hotel location, you will be driven or you will walk with your English speaking guide to the boat which will ride you through São Marcos Bay.

You will arrive at the ghost town of Alcântara. This historical town used to be bigger than São Luís in the XVIIIth century. Nowadays, it is the quietest historical center of Brazil.

Former favorite holiday destination of rich landowners, its popularity declined in 1888, after the abolition of slavery.

You guide will tell you the history behind each mansion, square and church: a real travel in time.

Journey back to São Luís in the afternoon.
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, shared transport

Day 3: São Luís - Barreirinhas

Your driver will pick you up at the hotel or airport in São Luís to go straight to Barreirinhas.

At 1pm, your driver will pick you up at the hotel in Barreirinhas for a half-day excursion in the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park.

Your will follow a trail for 1h40 through the native vegetation.

You will reach a village and see the Lagoa da Esperança (the hope lagoon). This lagoon has the peculiarity of never drying. It reaches 12 meters depth and is stuck between two sand dunes, which creates a huge fresh water lake with heavenly beaches.

Lunch (non-included): free-range chicken and fried fish. After lunch, you will have the opportunity to relax on a hammock if you wish.

Journey back to Barreirinhas and arrival at the hotel at 18h30.
Included : private transport, excursion (private)

Day 4: Barreirinhas - São Luís

Departure for a half-day exploration of the Lençóis Marenhenses National Park.
You will be driven to the park by four-by-four (1 hour). You will then leave the car to climb during approximately 20 minutes before you reach the breathtaking Lagoa Bonita. After a refreshing bath, travel back to Barreirinhas.

Your driver will pick you up in Barreirinhas to drive you to your hotel or to the airport in São Luís (5 hours' drive).
Included : private transport, excursion (private)

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