The Route of Emotions 4wd: Dunes and Beaches

8 days and 7 nights
Type of travel:
Adventure tourism
Duration of the trip:
8 days and 7 nights
Transports / Excursions:
Shared
States visited:
Ceará
Maranhão
Piauí
Flights:
Not included
Departure:
Daily
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The Route of Emotions 4wd: Dunes and Beaches - 8 days and 7 nights

You will discover ...

Fortaleza
Jericoacoara
Camocim
Parnaiba
Tutoia
Paulino Neves
Caburè
Atins
Lençois Maranhenses
Mandacarù
Barreirinhas
São Luís
Seasonal features

In this coastal region of the Brazilian Northeast, along the Route of Emotions which includes the states of Maranhão, Piauí and Ceará, temperatures fluctuate between 37 ° and 22 ° throughout the year and the climate is hot and semi-humid. The rainy season runs from January to May; this period is indicated for those who can not stand the excessive heat; the dry season begins in June and goes until December, at this time the sun is steady and strong; this is definitely the best period for hiking.
We remind that due to the dry season, some lagoons of the National Park of Lençóis Maranhenses you can meet in the dry period from October to February.


Route and Duration (remind you that the program can be customized or reversed)

Day 1
Fortaleza

Arrival in Fortaleza and accommodation in hotel with air-conditioned vehicle.

This is the first step of the trip and starting point to visit the "Rota das emoções" of the "Route of emotions". 
Remaining part of the day is to visit the city.

Overnight stay in Fortaleza with breakfast.


Day 2
Fortaleza / Jericoacoara

Leave Fortaleza at 07:30 to Jericoacoara, this day we travel along a road that is approximately 6 hours shorter on 300 km of paved road, the trip is divided into two parts: the first on paved road with air-conditioned tourist mini-bus until arrival in the town of Jijoca where we will depart  to the second part of the trajectory with a local vehicle (no air condition) going through trails until arrival in Jericoacoara about 02:00 pm.

Note: the municipality of Jericoacoara requires a stay fee, already included in the cost of the tour. 
The voucher that we will send you must be shown (in digital format) upon your arrival in Jericoacoara and also to the pousada where you will be staying (children up to 12 years and adults over 60 years are exempt from paying).

Overnight stay in Jericoacoara in with breakfast.


Day 3
Jericoacoara

Departure in the morning to 9:00 in Dune Buggy to know the Jericoacoara National Park, with its famous beaches. We will drive along sandy roads, climb dunes and arrive at the Paraiso lagoon. It will be possible to visit the famous Alchymist bathing establishment (optional visit with R $ 20 entry fee to be paid locally) where you can relax in hammocks in the crystal clear waters, sipping a good local caipirinha or the water in the natural coconut.

Later we will continue passing through a visit to the Azul lagoon and will continue until we reach the east coast of the Jericoacoara Park with a stop in the beautiful village of Preá where we will stop for lunch (lunch not included) in a typical restaurant specializing in fish and fruit of the sea and to enjoy a breathtaking view of the beach and the blue ocean.

After lunch and a last swim in the ocean, we will travel about 12 km of sandy slopes that run along the sea until we reach Jericoacoara.

Overnight stay in Jericoacoara with breakfast. 


Day 4
Jericoacoara / Parnaíba

Departure at 8:00 in the morning in an air-conditioned 4X4 to the city of Parnaiba, in the Piauì state. 

We travelling the panoramic route long a 40-km stretch of coast, through trails, edging sand dunes, palm trees and coconut trees on the way to Tatajuba where we get to know the lagoon "Lagoa Grande” and proceed until to the city of Camocim where we cross “Rio Coreaù” boarding a ferry and the trip continues along 50 km of paved road until we reach Chaval where we climb go up the observatory to see look over the small city with its houses constructed in the middle of giant rocks.
We then travel 75 km of paved road, passing through the dunes of Luis Correia until we reach the city of Parnaiba
Duration of the trip is 6 full hours.
We’d like to mention that the actual duration of each visit is influenced by the schedule of the tides and is decided at the moment of the excursion. 

At 2:30 pm will start the boat trip to discover the Delta of Parnaíba, unique in the world for its variety of different landscapes like dunes, “igarapés”, mangrove and islands and that we can consider as a glimpse of the Amazon rainforest along the Route of the Emotions.
At the end of the excursion, the sunset, from July to January, offers the possibility of watching hundreds of fire-red ibises in flight to their own refuges in the middle of the forest, a truly amazing spectacle. 

Overnight stay in Parnaiba with breakfast. 


Day 5
Parnaíba / Atins
Departure to Barreirinhas at 8:30 am by an acclimatized 4WD vehicle, duration of this trip about 5 hours.
On the firts part of the trip to Barreirinhas we follow 144 km of the paved road until reaching the town of Rio Novo and we will continue along the panoramic route following sand trails along the beach, which in the rainy season, can be flooded,  we will coast a gigantic wind farm built in front of the sea and meet native fishermen huts lost at the "foot" of the desert. 
Arriving at Caburé beach we will continue by boat crossing the river Rio Preguiça and in a few minutes we will arrive at the Atins beach, where we will wait the vehicle that will take us to the pousada.

Remember that Atins is a village of fishermen where streets are sandy, there are no pharmacies, no internet or mobile phones; the pousadas count with electricity supplied by the precarious local power grid, for this reason hot water and air conditioning could not be available.

Overnight in Atins with breakfast. 


Day 6
Atins / Barreirinhas

Departure in the morning at 9:00 am ( don't forget to bring your luggage with you ) to the Atins beach, set out in motorboat down Rio Preguiça towards the town of Barreirinhas.
The first stop is in the village called Mandacarú, a small fishing village where you can climb up the light house called “Farol Preguiças” navy lighthouse to enjoy an enchanting site of the Lencois Maranhenses, Rio Preguiça flowing into the ocean and the immense native forest; second stop is in the village called Mandacarú, a small fishing village where you can to appreciate various craft shops, the best caipirinha in the region at the kiosk on the pier and if accessible, you can climb up the light house called “Farol Preguiças” navy lighthouse to enjoy an enchanting panorama that embraces the entire mouth of the river and part of the National Park of Lencois Maranhenses; finally arriving at port in Barreirinhas.

After getting settled in the inn, departure at 2:00 pm for excursion in a 4x4 ( no air conditioning), Rio Preguiça is crossed by ferry to continue the trip until the Grandes Lençois Maranhenses National Park, then the trip begins with an excursion on foot to visit the beautiful Lagoa Bonita. Return to city after 6:30 pm.

Overnight in Barreirinhas with breakfast.       


Day 7
Barreirinhas / São Luis

Breakfast at the hotel, (the check-out should happens until 12:00 am, but you can let your baggage at the reception).

At 09:40 depart for excursion in a 4x4 ( no air conditioning), Rio Preguiça is crossed by ferry to continue the trip until the Grandes Lençois Maranhenses National Park, then the trip begins with an excursion on foot to visit Lagoa Azul and Lagoa do Peixe.
Return to city after 01:00 pm.

About 4:20 pm a transfer in an air-conditioned bus up to 30 seats will bring you back to São Luís; trip duration 5 hours.

The arrival is estimated for 9:30 pm.

Overnight in São Luís with breakfast.       


Day 8
São Luis

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer in air-conditioned vehicle to airport of São Luis and flight departure.
Leave hotel 2 hours before plane take-off.

End of service.


Departures
  • Our trips are daily so you can choose without worrying about pre-determined days.
Seasonal features
Seasonal features

In this coastal region of the Brazilian Northeast, along the Route of Emotions which includes the states of Maranhão, Piauí and Ceará, temperatures fluctuate between 37 ° and 22 ° throughout the year and the climate is hot and semi-humid. The rainy season runs from January to May; this period is indicated for those who can not stand the excessive heat; the dry season begins in June and goes until December, at this time the sun is steady and strong; this is definitely the best period for hiking.
We remind that due to the dry season, some lagoons of the National Park of Lençóis Maranhenses you can meet in the dry period from October to February.

Route and Duration (remind you that the program can be customized or reversed)
Route and Duration (remind you that the program can be customized or reversed)
Day 1
Fortaleza
- Fortaleza

Arrival in Fortaleza and accommodation in hotel with air-conditioned vehicle.

This is the first step of the trip and starting point to visit the "Rota das emoções" of the "Route of emotions". 
Remaining part of the day is to visit the city.

Overnight stay in Fortaleza with breakfast.

Day 2
Fortaleza / Jericoacoara
- Fortaleza / Jericoacoara

Leave Fortaleza at 07:30 to Jericoacoara, this day we travel along a road that is approximately 6 hours shorter on 300 km of paved road, the trip is divided into two parts: the first on paved road with air-conditioned tourist mini-bus until arrival in the town of Jijoca where we will depart  to the second part of the trajectory with a local vehicle (no air condition) going through trails until arrival in Jericoacoara about 02:00 pm.

Note: the municipality of Jericoacoara requires a stay fee, already included in the cost of the tour. 
The voucher that we will send you must be shown (in digital format) upon your arrival in Jericoacoara and also to the pousada where you will be staying (children up to 12 years and adults over 60 years are exempt from paying).

Overnight stay in Jericoacoara in with breakfast.

Day 3
Jericoacoara
- Jericoacoara

Departure in the morning to 9:00 in Dune Buggy to know the Jericoacoara National Park, with its famous beaches. We will drive along sandy roads, climb dunes and arrive at the Paraiso lagoon. It will be possible to visit the famous Alchymist bathing establishment (optional visit with R $ 20 entry fee to be paid locally) where you can relax in hammocks in the crystal clear waters, sipping a good local caipirinha or the water in the natural coconut.

Later we will continue passing through a visit to the Azul lagoon and will continue until we reach the east coast of the Jericoacoara Park with a stop in the beautiful village of Preá where we will stop for lunch (lunch not included) in a typical restaurant specializing in fish and fruit of the sea and to enjoy a breathtaking view of the beach and the blue ocean.

After lunch and a last swim in the ocean, we will travel about 12 km of sandy slopes that run along the sea until we reach Jericoacoara.

Overnight stay in Jericoacoara with breakfast. 

Day 4
Jericoacoara / Parnaíba
- Jericoacoara / Parnaíba

Departure at 8:00 in the morning in an air-conditioned 4X4 to the city of Parnaiba, in the Piauì state. 

We travelling the panoramic route long a 40-km stretch of coast, through trails, edging sand dunes, palm trees and coconut trees on the way to Tatajuba where we get to know the lagoon "Lagoa Grande” and proceed until to the city of Camocim where we cross “Rio Coreaù” boarding a ferry and the trip continues along 50 km of paved road until we reach Chaval where we climb go up the observatory to see look over the small city with its houses constructed in the middle of giant rocks.
We then travel 75 km of paved road, passing through the dunes of Luis Correia until we reach the city of Parnaiba
Duration of the trip is 6 full hours.
We’d like to mention that the actual duration of each visit is influenced by the schedule of the tides and is decided at the moment of the excursion. 

At 2:30 pm will start the boat trip to discover the Delta of Parnaíba, unique in the world for its variety of different landscapes like dunes, “igarapés”, mangrove and islands and that we can consider as a glimpse of the Amazon rainforest along the Route of the Emotions.
At the end of the excursion, the sunset, from July to January, offers the possibility of watching hundreds of fire-red ibises in flight to their own refuges in the middle of the forest, a truly amazing spectacle. 

Overnight stay in Parnaiba with breakfast. 

Day 5
Parnaíba / Atins
- Parnaíba / Atins
Departure to Barreirinhas at 8:30 am by an acclimatized 4WD vehicle, duration of this trip about 5 hours.
On the firts part of the trip to Barreirinhas we follow 144 km of the paved road until reaching the town of Rio Novo and we will continue along the panoramic route following sand trails along the beach, which in the rainy season, can be flooded,  we will coast a gigantic wind farm built in front of the sea and meet native fishermen huts lost at the "foot" of the desert. 
Arriving at Caburé beach we will continue by boat crossing the river Rio Preguiça and in a few minutes we will arrive at the Atins beach, where we will wait the vehicle that will take us to the pousada.

Remember that Atins is a village of fishermen where streets are sandy, there are no pharmacies, no internet or mobile phones; the pousadas count with electricity supplied by the precarious local power grid, for this reason hot water and air conditioning could not be available.

Overnight in Atins with breakfast. 

Day 6
Atins / Barreirinhas
- Atins / Barreirinhas

Departure in the morning at 9:00 am ( don't forget to bring your luggage with you ) to the Atins beach, set out in motorboat down Rio Preguiça towards the town of Barreirinhas.
The first stop is in the village called Mandacarú, a small fishing village where you can climb up the light house called “Farol Preguiças” navy lighthouse to enjoy an enchanting site of the Lencois Maranhenses, Rio Preguiça flowing into the ocean and the immense native forest; second stop is in the village called Mandacarú, a small fishing village where you can to appreciate various craft shops, the best caipirinha in the region at the kiosk on the pier and if accessible, you can climb up the light house called “Farol Preguiças” navy lighthouse to enjoy an enchanting panorama that embraces the entire mouth of the river and part of the National Park of Lencois Maranhenses; finally arriving at port in Barreirinhas.

After getting settled in the inn, departure at 2:00 pm for excursion in a 4x4 ( no air conditioning), Rio Preguiça is crossed by ferry to continue the trip until the Grandes Lençois Maranhenses National Park, then the trip begins with an excursion on foot to visit the beautiful Lagoa Bonita. Return to city after 6:30 pm.

Overnight in Barreirinhas with breakfast.       

Day 7
Barreirinhas / São Luis
- Barreirinhas / São Luis

Breakfast at the hotel, (the check-out should happens until 12:00 am, but you can let your baggage at the reception).

At 09:40 depart for excursion in a 4x4 ( no air conditioning), Rio Preguiça is crossed by ferry to continue the trip until the Grandes Lençois Maranhenses National Park, then the trip begins with an excursion on foot to visit Lagoa Azul and Lagoa do Peixe.
Return to city after 01:00 pm.

About 4:20 pm a transfer in an air-conditioned bus up to 30 seats will bring you back to São Luís; trip duration 5 hours.

The arrival is estimated for 9:30 pm.

Overnight in São Luís with breakfast.       

Day 8
São Luis
- São Luis

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer in air-conditioned vehicle to airport of São Luis and flight departure.
Leave hotel 2 hours before plane take-off.

End of service.

Departures
Departures
  • Our trips are daily so you can choose without worrying about pre-determined days.

Conditions

Included in the package
  • Overnight with breakfast.
  • Acclimatized transfer with a driver.
  • The excursions and activities above described (the transport is not with vehicles for exclusive use).
  • A local Portuguese speaking guide.
Not included
  • The internationals and domestic flights.
  • Drinks and food.
  • Medical travel and Trip Cancellation insurance.
Additional options
  • English speaking guide.
  • Private transfers and excursions with vehicles for exclusive use.
Extra information
  • During the drought season, between October and February, the water level of the lagoons of the Lençóis Maranhenses decreases and the most of them are completely dry.
  • Do not forget the sun block, the hat, the cap, the sunglasses and of course the swimsuit.
  • Brasil Planet has no constraints with the restaurants envisaged for the route, which are chosen by drivers and guides for logistical reasons and to offer a good quality at reasonable prices. Therefore remains at the discretion of the client whether to accept or to prefer, when available, another restaurant nearby.
  • Brasil Planet is not responsible for objects forgotten in hotels or inside the vehicles.

THE ROUTE OF EMOTIONS 4WD: DUNES AND BEACHES -
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Corinna A. - November 2018
Lençois Maranhenses, Delta das Americas e Jericoacoara
Dear Francesco,

I just wanted to say thank you for this amazing tour, we loved everything about it and it was organised perfectly!!! One of our highlights was the beautiful drive from Barreirinhas to Parnaiba during which we had the best guide ever, he was so nice and took great care of us and really made an effort to show and explain as much as possible to us though we don´t speak Portuguese.

Thanks again and best regards
Corinna

Luis N - September 2018
From São Luís to Fortaleza 4wd: "The Route of Emotions"
Hi Francesco!

Thank you for an amazing trip, it was just as good, if not better than expected! The tours and transfers were well organised and exceeded expectations! It was so great having everything organised for us, especially with our limited Portuguese and time! It was quite difficult finding information and tours from Australia, and without Brasil Planet we probably would not have been able to experience as much as we did! The route of emotions was definitely a highlight of our holiday and have been recommending it to many people!

Thanks again,

Louise

Daniel S. - August 2018
From São Luís to Fortaleza 4wd: "The Route of Emotions"
Hi Francesco,

How are you?

I finally had the time to leave a feedback on google.
Also I would like to write you some comments, so you can further fine-tune your offer.
Generally, we were really happy, it has been a wonderful trip and very well organized, all worked out very well.

Just some points of improvement:
Hotels:
All hotels were very good selected and really nice!
The only ones not so special have been the one in São Luiz (it has been under construction) and the one in Fortaleza (the room has a view on the back-side of the hotel - would have preferred a view to the ocean).
Tour:
It was very great! A unique experience indeed!
The only improvements would be:
The trip to the lençois Maranhenses - the pick-up was already rather late and there was a big delay - they only arrived about one hour after the agreed time - we were already very worried, as this excursion is the high-light of the trip. With the delay we had to wait a long time to cross the river and literally just made it short before the sunset to the dunes - it would be really recommended to leave earlier to this trip - even the guides said so - so if you can change it, make the pick-up in São Luiz one hour earlier and then arrange the pick-up for the excursion 2 hours earlier at the Rio Preguiço Resort Hotel - that way you have sufficient time to really enjoy the spectacle of the Lençois and take a bath in the various lagoons.
The other improvement is the trip from Jericoacoara to Fortaleza. Instead of mid-day this pick-up should be early morning - that way you could stop on the way at praia de paraiso (preferably) or simply have more time at Fortaleza - the way it is currently, bascially you waste the whole day travelling on boring roads from Jeri to Fortaleza - and since it´s the last day of the trip, it leaves a bad last impression. (Fortunately we had two additonal days in Fortaleza and then left to Fernando de Noronha - if not it would have been really depressing to spend the last day of your vacations in a bus riding through the inlands of Ceara).
If you are able to improve these two points, I think you´d really have the dream trip mastered out. Let me know once you implement this, and I am happy to recommend this as the perfect trip to my friends and family!

Thanks again for this wonderful trip and the splendid organization!

Kind regards,
Daniel


Emmanuelle & Florent - July 2018
Jericoacoara, Delta das Americas e Lençois Maranhenses
Good afternoon Francesco,

Apologies for the late reply, we recently came back from our holidays in Brazil.

Emmanuelle and I would like to thank you a lot for the Route of Emotions tour that you organized for us ! We really enjoyed it.

All tours and transfers came as planned, and the choice of accommodations was great. In particular we liked the Pousada do Farol in Jeri and Pousada Vila Parnaiba. We also had great drivers from Jeri to Barreirinhas.

We will try to leave feedback on internet when we have some time. We’ll happy to use your services if we come back to Brazil !

Thanks again

Emmanuelle & Florent
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Hotel Praiabella
Sao Luis
Litoranea beach - Av. Avicênia 1, 65071-370 São Luís
Praiabella Hotel is located in front of the Calhau Beach on the Litoranea avenue; offers modern accommodation, and it also features a swimming pool with Atlantic Ocean views.
The comfortable rooms are simply furnished, yet offer modern conveniences such as LCD TVs and air conditioning. All rooms feature a private balcony and superior rooms enjoy panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean.
Pousada do Buriti
Barreirinhas
Town center - Rua Inácio Lins. S/N, 65590-000 Barreirinhas
Hotel Pousada Do Buriti offers accommodation with balcony, an outdoor swimming pool, free Wi-Fi and free parking. It is located in downtown Barreirinhas, 200 metres from the River Preguiças. The air-conditioned rooms are simply furnished with a TV and a minibar. Guests can enjoy their hammocks, set on the balcony.
A buffet breakfast is served in the eating area each morning. Buriti´s bar prepares a variety of drinks and refreshments during the day.
Pousada do Irmao
Atins
Rua Principal, Atins, CEP 65590-000
The pousada do Irmao is located in the village of Atins, a quiet fishing village.
Each room has a fan and some also have air conditioning, and always equipped with mosquito nets to prevent insects from entering.
Each room has a private bathroom with room temperature shower, double bed and veranda overlooking the garden and hammocks.
The breakfast consists of local products and seasonal fruits.
Pousada Vila Parnaiba
Parnaiba
Town center - Rua Monsenhor Joaquim Lopes 500, 64200-150 Parnaíba
Located 500 metres from the historical centre, Vila Parnaiba offers a buffet breakfast, an outdoor pool and free Wi-fi. All air-conditioned rooms offer an LCD TV, a telephone and a private bathroom. Simply styled, they also provide bed linens and bath towels. The buffet breakfast at Vila Parnaiba includes fresh fruits, breads and cakes, as well as a selection of drinks.
Pousada Surfing Jeri
Jericoacoara
Town center - Rua São Francisco 150, 62598-000 Jericoacoara
The hotel offers an enchanting harmony between its architecture and the native nature in a central location of Sao Francisco Street, only 170 meters from the beach.
The Pousada Surfing Jeri offers air-conditioned rooms and bungalows with private balcony and hammock. All accommodations feature free internet connection and other amenities. A rich breakfast is included in the room price and served in a cozy ambiance next to the outdoor pool.
Hotel Ponta Mar
Fortaleza
Beira Mar beach - Av. Beira Mar, 2200, CEP 60165-121, Fortaleza
As a guest of Ponta Mar Hotel, you can enjoy the ocean´s breeze while relaxing by the outdoor pool or while working out in the poolside gym.
The Ponta Mar Hotel offers 4-star services in an excellent location on the oceanfront of Meireles Beach, just a few meters from Fortaleza’s most popular handicraft market.
Without any additional charge, you are invited to savor a rich breakfast buffet every morning and use the free Wi-Fi that is available in all areas.
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