There is a corner of Brazil that is forgotten by all but the most knowledgeable travellers. In the top right of Brazil; we travel from Salvador to Belem and along the Amazon River. This wonderful journey allows you to unlock all the hidden gems of the area and to do so slowly, so that you really get to grips with the region. We will spend three days exploring the stunning lagoons and dunes of Lencois Maranhenses National Park and then have a couple of nights to chill on the beautiful beaches of Jericoacoara.
We will explore the cobbled streets of the Sao Luis, one of Brazil’s lesser known UNESCO world heritage sites and visit Belem, the most important port on the Amazon, with its great markets and museums. This is the city that became the gateway to the Amazon and the interior. But for most the highlight of this journey is the incomparable city of Salvador de Bahia with its amazing zest for life.
Welcome to Salvador! Today there is an important group meeting at 18:00hrs, please meet at the Hotel reception. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy Salvador.
Border information: If you are starting in Salvador, enter Brazil at Deputado Lu s Eduardo Magalh es International Airport (IATA code: SSA)
In Salvador we stay in a comfortable hotel
Today we head north up the coast of Bahia, into the state of Sergipe. Along the way we will make a stop at the Projeto Tamar - a research station involved in the protection of Brazil's fives species of turtle, which spans 1000km and 9 of Brazil's states. The best time to visit is September to March when the spawning occurs.
Afterwards we will continue our journey north to Aracaju, where we can chill out in one of the town's seafront eateries, listen to some traditional forro music and enjoy the fresh crabs that the town is known for.
Approximate Driving time - 332km / 7hrs
We will spend the night in a local Pousada
We have a full day drive to the stunning colonial gem of Olinda, considered one of Brazil s most important historic sites.
Approximate Driving Time - 540km / 9hrs
We will spend the next two nights in a local Pousada
Explore the beautiful town of Olinda, once known as 'small Lisbon' and the richest town in Brazil. Enjoy wandering the cobblestone streets, check out some of the exquisite churches and definitely make time for lunch at Alto de Se to enjoy the views!
Today we have a drive day to the seaside town of Canoa Quebrada.
In Canoa Quebrada we will stay in a local Pousada
Approximate Driving Time 629km / 10hrs
Huge pinkish sand dunes dominate the area of Canoa Quebrada, it's a fantastic spot to kick back and relax after a week of overlanding, or for the more energetic; try your hand at kite surfing, take an evening horseback ride along the beach, head out on a beach buggy. There's a laid back small town to explore too.
We will stay in a local pousada
An all day drive brings us to the laid back beach town of Jericoacoara, or 'Jeri' as it's affectionately known. Access to Jericoacoara is only by 4x4 through unpaved tracks through the dunes, making it a wonderfully hard to reach place.
Approximate Drive time - 440km / 8hrs
Jericoacoara is a magical place to spend some time; wander the sandy lanes, enjoy the sunset with a caipirinha on the dunes whilst the locals practise their Capoeira, head out on a quad bike adventure to remote lagoons where you can take a dip, laze in a hammock and enjoy a seafood lunch. Jeri is also one of the prime spots for surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing!
We will stay in a local Pousada
Today we drive to the town of Parnaiba, the gateway to the Parnaiba delta and the Lencois Maranhenses National Park.
We will stay the night in a local pousada.
Approximate Drive Time - 250km / 3hrs
Today our adventure into the Lencois Maranhenses National Park begins; we head out in 4WD to the port (Porto dos Tatus), where we will take a speed boat to Tatoia, stopping off at some dunes and islands of the famous Parnaiba Delta. Seen from the sky, the meeting point of the Rio Parnaiba and the Atlantic Ocean looks like a giant puzzle, made up of 85 tiny islands.
After visiting Tutoia we will spend the night in Atins in a small pousada on a sand bank.
Today we will head out in motor boats through the Preguica River, to the protected area of Pequeneos Lencois, along the way, we will visit a small fishing village, take a short walk to the lighthouse to enjoy views of the dunes and the Preguicas River.
We will spend the night in a Pousada in Barreirinhas.
This morning we will head out in 4WD into the lagoons, enjoy a swim and explore the dunes before heading back to the Truck and continuing our journey to the beautiful UNESCO town of
We stay in a local guesthouse.
Approximate Driving Time - 250km / 4 hrs
Today we can enjoy the UNESCO world heritage site of Sao Luis, the only city of Brazil to be founded by the French. The city is full is interesting museums and the historic centre houses beautiful, pastel coloured colonial mansions. You can take a boat trip to the more laid back town of Alcantara, you may spot the Scarlet Guara birds on your way.
We will stay in a local Guesthouse.
Our final drive day brings us to Belem where the mighty Amazon River meets the Atlantic.
We stay in a local hotel.
Approximate Driving time: 574km / 11hrs (including a ferry journey)
Today is yours to enjoy the port town of Belem, one of the first Portuguese settlements. Explore the historic centre which houses various museums and cathedrals and be sure to visit the Ver-o-Paso Market, considered the largest in South America, with its stalls scattered with Amazonian fish, baskets of Acai, herbs and crafts.
Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Belem. Please note that there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact your Sales agent if you would like to book additional nights in the hotel.
If you are continuing your trip to Boa Vista, we will depart early this morning on a passenger boat to Macapa.
Border information: If you are leaving in Belem, you will most likely exit Brazil at Val de Cans J lio Cezar Ribeiro International Airport (IATA: BEL)
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Trip Name: Brazilian Coastal Explorer
Duration: 17 Days
From Price: ₤1,170
Supplier Tour ID: ZSC1/201029
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