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Lençois Maranhenses: 2-Day Combo Package

1. Lençois Maranhenses: 2-Day Combo Package

Discover the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park — a stunning region formed by the contrast between dunes and natural lagoons created by rainwater during the rainy season — with 2 incredible days of activities. Marvel at the wild scenery of the desert and the scenic beauty of the lagoons in this unique landscape. Day 1 Depart from your hotel in São Luis or the SLZ-Marechal Cunha Machado International Airport for flights arriving before 6:30 AM. Arrive in Barreirinhas, and set out at around 2 PM in a 4x4 vehicle to cross on the ferry. Then, follow a trail to get to the Lençois Maranhenses National Park, admire the dunes, and take a refreshing dip in the clean, blue lagoons. After watching the spectacular sunset at the top of the dune, return to Barreirinhas. Day 2 Depart around 8 AM on a speedboat tour of Preguiças River, a calm river with lots of different typical trees and palms on its margins. The first stop will be in Vassouras village, at the limit of the dunes. Interact with the monkeys, refresh with some coconut water, and peruse the local art. Next, head to the village of Mandacaru where it's possible to see and climb a lighthouse. Soak up a panoramic view of the region, the park, the river, and the sea. Make your last stop in Caburé village, an arm of sand with the river on one side, and the sea on the other. Spend some free time having lunch and swimming in the river or the sea. Finally, transfer back to your hotel in São Luis or the SLZ-Marechal Cunha Machado International Airport for flights departing after 11 PM.

São Luís: Half-Day Historical City Tour

2. São Luís: Half-Day Historical City Tour

Enjoy a half-day tour of São Luis, a capital city founded by the French. Its colonization has a history of disputes between the French, Dutch, Portuguese, and Indigenous people, leaving a rich and intense cultural collection as a legacy. Start your day with pick up from select São Luis hotels and pass by Calhau, São Marcos, Ponta d’Areia beaches, and Jansen Lagoon, before reaching the Historical Center and walking through the traditional cobblestone streets.   Visit the main highlights of the city, including the Lion’s Palace, Pedro II Square, and Portugal Street, all evidence of São Luís’ fascinating history.  

Belém: Half-Day Furos Boat Tour & Riverside Community Visit

3. Belém: Half-Day Furos Boat Tour & Riverside Community Visit

Board a boat and travel along the Guamá river to explore the waterfront of Belém. See the activities of various boats, from large cargo carriers and ferries, to the typical riverside vessels. Sail around Combú Island, passing through Furo do Benedito and Furo do Paciência. Furos — natural channels between two rivers or lagoons — are a typical geographical feature in northern Brazil. Enjoy the beauty of this fascinating system of waterways. Get to know the different Amazon environments such as forest, lowland forest, and aquatic vegetation. Visit a local riverside community to experience the unique lifestyle of its inhabitants. Learn about how locals interact with the environment, make use of natural resources in their daily lives, and activities such as fishing, hunting, and agriculture.

From Atins: 4x4 Tour to Canto do Atins

4. From Atins: 4x4 Tour to Canto do Atins

Disconnect and dive into the crystal clear waters of the lagoons in the Lençois Maranhenses National Park on this 4x4 tour from Atins, a small village on the border of the park so calm it is possible to hear “the noise of silence.” Depart from the very soft sand streets of Atins in your 4x4 vehicle and follow trails to Canto do Atins with your local guide. Pass by the beach then take a short walk to visit the lagoons formed by rainwater. Soak up the tranquil atmosphere in the less-visited lagoons. To enhance the tour, stop for lunch to taste the famous grilled shrimp of Luzia or Antônio's restaurant, internationally famous for the homemade special sauce that is a family secret (lunch not included). After lunch and a brief rest in the hammocks, return to the village of Atins.

Belém: Full-Day Furos & Igarapé Boat Tour with Lunch

5. Belém: Full-Day Furos & Igarapé Boat Tour with Lunch

Spend your day cruising along the Guamá and Acará rivers to tour the waterfront of Belém. Explore the natural channels between two rivers or lagoons, called furos, which are typical to northern Brazil. Visit a local riverside community to experience, and learn what life by the river is like. Take in the daily activities of different boats on the river and enjoy the beauty of the diverse Amazonian habitats as you travel down the waterways. Sail around Combú Island, passing through Furo do Benedito and Furo do Paciência. Visit a waterfront village, and learn about how locals interact with the environment, make use of natural resources in their daily lives, and activities such as fishing, hunting, and agriculture.  Choose to add your experience with a trip at dawn to Papagaios Island, a habitat for thousands of parrots. Watch the city come to life in the morning, and as the sun begins to rise, gaze in awe at the unique sight of thousands of parrots flying across the sky.

Belém: Combú Island Boat Trip

6. Belém: Combú Island Boat Trip

Embark on a boat trip on the Guamá River, with a view of the southern shore of Belém. Travel to Combú Island, an Amazonian agricultural paradise rich in a variety of crops such as cocoa, açaí, cupuaçu, banana, and pupunha.  Upon arrival at the island, enter Igarapé do Combú, an outdoor art gallery decorated by graffiti artists from various regions of Brazil. Then, visit Mrs. Nena's house, and learn about the production of organic chocolate on the island. The island is famous across Brazil, where 100%-organic chocolate is produced in Mrs. Nena's backyard. Taste some chocolate which used by many top chefs in Brazil. Then, see the sacred Samaumeira trees amongst the cacao and açaí trees. These trees often reach well over 40 meters in height and are called the "tree of life" by native Amazonian tribes. Admire the sapopembas (roots) which form monumental “sculptures”, often used as shelter by various tribes in the Amazon. Then, return to your hotel if you select the half-day option. Alternatively, choose to extend your experience with the full-day tour option and proceed to a typical regional lunch with grilled fish. After lunch, relax in the late afternoon with a river bath and a lot of contact with nature. At the end of the day, return to Belém.

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What people are saying about State of Maranhao

Superb experience! The tour was perfectly organized from start to finish. The 4x4 was just great, thrills because you have to hang on. The view of the dunes is more magical, no complaints, we really have time to enjoy it. The boat super, the stopovers are long and we had time to discover and swim. At the top, I recommend 100% it's to be done! PS: Do not take a guide, it is not at all necessary.

Going to Combu Island is a wonderful experience. I loved the boat ride and the tour at Dona Nena‘s chocolate production. It was a lot of fun. I highly recommend this tour for everyone who wants to experience the sourroundings of Belém.

Excellent tour! We saw all the highlights. Our guide, Leonidas, was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. Car was comfortable and tour company responded quickly to inquiries. Highly recommend it.

This expedition with Patrick was very pleasant. The surroundings of Belém are really worth the detour and we are very happy to have discovered this pretty corner of the Amazon.

Thank you for an amazing bout and jungel tour. Super nice and clever goud! We recommend!