Jewels in the Brazilian crown, those infinite sand dunes scattered with crystal clear water lagoons, at some 6 miles from São Luís, are located in the National Park of Lençóis-Marahenses ("sheet of the Maranhão" in Portuguese).
These sheets consist of a desert about 63 mile long and 32 mile wide, alongside the Atlantic to the North, and surrounded by tropical forests to the South. Seen from the sky, the scenery is of a rare beauty: the dunes are molded by the wind and the trapped tropical rains have created immense pools of fresh, green and blue waters.
An unusual desert, exceptional treks
Superb, and unique, this place will intensely move you. Just think about it… crossing a desert of sand, similar to the Sahara, and swimming in unlikely natural pools…and all this in Brazil!
A walk in the heart of this wilderness will move you in a way you have never felt before.
Under an unmerciful sun and in an environment that reminds you of the Sahara, taking a swim at every possible moment and discovering unlikely villages your perseverance will be wholeheartedly rewarded.
It is superb and completely unique and should be classified among the Top 10 places to explore in South American on the same level as Iguaçu Falls, the Salar de Uyuni, the Argentinean Perito Moreno or even Machu Picchu in Peru.
Note: The lagunas are filled from May to November. Between the month of December and the month of April, depending on precipitations, they can be more or less dry.
This season corresponds to the rainy season, characterized by short heavy showers.
During this periode, the program may have to be modified so that the excursion in the dunes is happening in an area where the lagunas are still full
The Northern littoral of Brazil, adventure & nature
Truly off-the-beaten-path, the Northern littoral is without a doubt our favorite area of Brazil.
By 4WD, on little wooden boats, by plane or on foot, everything emanates adventure in this remote and wild area propitious to encounters with an endearing and hospitable population.
We will not miss the principal destination, the sublime Lençóis Maranhenses Desert doted with fresh water lagunas that will take your breath away.
From the Lençóis to Jericoacoara, nature in all it states
Once there, how not visit the Parnaíba Delta, paradisiacal sanctuary to thousands of birds?
And more to the East, one of the most beautiful northern beach of the charming name of Jericoacoara.
Finally, inland, hidden from the indiscreet, two recognized gems: the National Parks of Ubajara and of Sete Cidades…
Welcome in the North of Brazil, You won’t be disappointed. There is enough to do to spend a whole month here, we even recommend you do, even if the choice is difficult. Forget Rio de Janeiro, Iguaçu, and Salvador? Are you crazy? Indeed, if you only knew...
Belém & Marajó, the delta of the Amazon
From its birth in the bowels of the Andes, the Amazon River executes a formidable transcontinental epopee to trace its furrow and reach the ocean. A crossing of over 4,300 miles during which, a multitude of tributaries discharging their water regularly contribute to swell its main arm. When at the end of its course it reaches the Ocean, the encounter is titanic.
With a flow reaching up to 209.000 m³/seconde (which alter the salinity and the color of the Ocean for 200 miles from the coasts), the Amazon is responsible alone for 18% of the total volume of fresh water dumped into the world’s Oceans.
The delta is bordered to the North by Macapá, crushed by heat (the town is exactly located on the Equator) and to the South by Belém, nostalgic of its glorious past.
Despite its attractiveness, this area remains little known and almost excluded from most traditional tourist roads.
Between the Amazon and the Atlantic, the ecosystems compete in creativity to exhibit a large array of contrasts.
The area of Belém offers numerous fluvial beaches, particularly on the islands of Mosqueiro, Outeiro and Cotijuba; as well as she it offers oceanic beaches such as Algodoal, Salinas and Ajuruteua.
Alt the center of the delta, the gigantic island of Marajó, the size of Switzerland, constitutes a limitless playground where alternate plains and tropical forest.