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Route of Emotions

The Route of Emotions Tour is a scenic 10-day privately guided itinerary exceptionally designed for nature lovers, who enjoy beaches and castaway rustic luxury. Geographically, this sightseeing route will take you through three (!) states in the north-east of Brazil – Maranhão, Piauí and Ceará. Walk barefoot through a beautiful landscape of white-sand dunes and azure lagoons in the national park of Lençóis Maranhenses. Admire the picturesque course of Preguicas river during the transfer from Barreirinhas to Atins. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of remote fishing villages, take kitesurfing lessons, go horse-riding and experience the slow lifestyle of the North-Eastern Brazil. This road trip is without doubt one of the most breathtaking itineraries in Brazil, and certainly, one of the highlights of South America.  You can start either in the city of São Luiz or in Fortaleza, and we will adjust the trip depending on the airport of arrival. Ideally, add a few more days in Atins and Jericoacoara. The Route of Emotions is an excellent choice for family travelling with children, a group of friends or couples who like active trips, as well as for senior travellers. The program includes accommodation at small boutique hotels with a lot of comfort and charm. 

10 Days – From £1,645 per person 

*equivalent in USD, EUR accepted

Itinerary: Sao Luis, Santo Amaro, Barreirinhas, Atins, Parnaiba, Jericoacoara, Fortaleza (or on reverse order)

  • Price is per person, based on two people sharing in a double/twin room
  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • All the excursions mentioned in the itinerary 
  • All transfers by car and boat on a private basis
  • Entrance & guiding fees to all the mentioned National Parks
  • 1 large bottle of water per day per person
  • All mandatory local taxes
  • Visa, where applicable
  • International Flights (See Flights to Brazil)
  • Domestic Flights 
  • Personal Expenses
  • Insurance
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Meals not mentioned in the description.

International flights are not included in the package price. We give you the freedom to book the flights yourself, use miles and choose your preferred airline, and if you are stuck we can help you find the right connections. Return flights to Brazil start from £800 per person, depending on the connections and time of the year. Fly to Fortaleza (FOR) or Sao Luis (SLZ).

For families and groups (starting with 5 pax), we can book domestic flights in Brazil, during the high season, and if the trip is part of a more complex itinerary. This is to ensure a seamless travel and no complications.

Send us a message on WhatsApp or email us at brazil@boutiquetravelexperts.com to check availability, discuss your preferences and get a quote.

This is a sample itinerary and prices are correct at the time of writing. We can tailor it to suit your plans by changing the length of the trip or the order of activities. More days can be added. Other hotels can be chosen, according to your liking. You can also combine this trip with other sights in Brazil, like the cosmopolitan Rio de Janeiro, the exciting Amazon rainforest, the fascinating Pantanal, the culture of Bahia or the deep canyons of the south. For more travel inspiration check these itineraries.

The Route of Emotions is recommended after the rainy season, starting with late May till late September. In this period of the year you have more chances to see the lagoons full of water. The ideal month to visit is August.

To avoid unpleasant weather surprises, we recommend to check our Brazil Weather Guide to plan your trip in the right season. Click on the month you want to travel in and see the tours which are best for each month of the year. 

Day 1 - São Luís

Today you arrive in São Luiz. You will be met at the airport and escorted to the hotel. After refreshing, take a guided walking city tour along the cobblestone streets of the old town, a UNESCO Heritage Site, to admire the beautiful colonial buildings ornamented by colourful tiles. São Luiz is the capital city of the state of Maranhão. It has known the rule of the French, the Dutch and the Portuguese. It is also known for its reggae music and an amazing folklore festival which takes place in June. There are many family-run restaurants where you can try local northeastern Brazilian food. Overnight at Luzeiros Hotel. 

girl walking along the streets of the colorful historic center of Sao Luis in the north-east of Brazil

Day 2 - São Luís to Santo Amaro

After breakfast, your driver will take you to discover the national park of Lençois Maranhenses, starting  in Santo Amaro, a rustic village located right in the middle of white sand dunes and cobalt-blue lagoons. A part of the journey is done by paved road and then you will continue in a 4×4 since the park area is unpaved. Visit Lagoa da Gaivota, one of the biggest lagoons in the park, and enjoy an incredible sunset. In the evening have dinner at one of the local restaurants – these are simple but serve very nice fresh fish or meat. Overnight at Ciamat Camp.

the rustic bungalow at Ciamat Camp, a charming pousada in the village of Santo Amaro, located in the middle of the national park of Lencois Maranhenses in the north-east of Brazil

Day 3 - Santo Amaro

After breakfast, take a trip to Bethânia, a village located on the edge of the Alegre river. The trip will take the full day (9.00 to 18.30). Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing nature of Lençóis Maranhenses. This is a more remote and off the beaten track area of the Route of Emotions so you will have it all for yourself. At lunch break in the village you can taste the typical dishes of the region as galinha caipira or goat with coconut milk. In the afternoon discover new lagoons of different colors and shapes. Enjoy a magnificent sunset. Overnight at Ciamat Camp.

white sand dunes and clear water lagoons in the national park of Lencois Maranhenses in the north-east of Brazil

Day 4 - Santo Amaro to Barreirinhas

Today continue your journey to Barreirinhas (1,5h). During this full day trip you will visit Lagoa Bonita, Lagoa Azul and Lagoa do Peixe, the popular highlights of this region. Don’t forget the swimsuit – the crystal clear lagoons are perfect for a bath. The lagoons are filled with rainwater and are of different colours: from green, blue and black. Closer to the evening your driver will take you to the hotel. Barreirinhas is a bigger town with more infrastructure, located on the banks of river Preguiças. Have a look at the local crafts market. There are a lot of interesting hand-made souvenirs. Overnight at Porto Preguiças Resort.

green lagoon and white sand dune near the village of Santo Amaro, in the national park of Lencois Maranhenses in the north-east of Brazil

Day 5 - Barreirinhas to Atins

After breakfast embark on a speedboat adventure on the river Preguiças. Explore the mangrove forest and visit the golden dunes of the Small Lençois in Vassouras. Sometimes there are playful monkeys in the mangroves. Stop for lunch in a rustic fishing village, after which visit Mandacaru lighthouse for a fantastic panoramic view.  Continue to Atins,  a small charming village located on the beach. Spend the afternoon at leisure. The beach in Atins is bioluminescent, try to take a walk on the beach at night – it’s magical. Overnight at Pousada Maresia.

white sand dunes overlooking Preguicas river in Lencois Maranhnses national park in Brazil

Day 6 - Atins

Spend this day at leisure. Practice sports, relax and enjoy the beauty of this castaway village or visit more lagoons. There are a lot of things to do such as horse riding, kite-surfing, fishing, dune and lagoons adventure. For lunch we recommend a rustic family-run place serving giant shrimps in Canto de Atins owned by Luzia, reachable on a short 4×4 ride. It is famous in Brazil and really good for seafood. Atins has its magic – you will instantly fall in love with this beautiful village, it is one of the most beautiful ones on the Route of Emotions. Overnight at Pousada Maresia.

green lagoon and white sand dune near the village of Atins, in the national park of Lencois Maranhenses in the north-east of Brazil

Day 7 - Atins to Parnaiba

Early after breakfast, you will be taken back to the river to take a 25-min boat transfer to Caburé then in a 4×4 onwards to Parnaiba, the 3rd largest river delta in the world. Pass by Oásis de Rio Novo, Paulino Neves, Tutóia, Lagoinha, Barro Duro, Cana Brava. Arrive in Porto dos Tatus and board a speedboat to Ilha das Canárias to have lunch at Casa de Caboclo. At 3pm continue to Baia do Caju. Stop at Morro do Meio for dune walking and swimming, then head to Revoada dos Guarás to spot the spectacular red ibis returning to the mangroves for the night – a truly magical sight at sunset. Overnight at Casa Santo Antonio.

red Ibis birds flying above the delta of Parnaiba in Brazil

Day 8 - Parnaiba to Jericoacoara

After breakfast, continue to a colorful fishing port of Camocim. Take a detour and cross over to visit the romantic Ilha do Amor by ferry-boat. After a delicious lunch on the other side of Camocim, take a walk amongst the sand dunes before continuing to Jericoacoara. On the way to Jeri, stop in Tatajuba to see the mangrove trees. Once checked-in at your pousada, head out to watch the sunset from Duna Grande, a popular spot which is so beloved by everybody in Jeri. At night you can relax in the local bars with live music. Overnight at Pousada Jeriba.

Colorful wooden boat on the beach in Jericoacoara and the turquoise waters and sand dunes in the background, a popular holiday destination in Brazil

Day 9 - Jericoacoara

Today your driver will take you through the sandy roads of the national park to discover two beautiful blue lagoons where you can recline in a hammock right by the water (Lagoa de Paraíso and Lagoa Azul). In the afternoon visit Pedra Furada  – a naturally shaped rock nearby Jeri. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the relaxing atmosphere of this little village tucked away from the rest of the world. There might be capoeira shows on the beach – Jeri is really lively and international. Forget about shoes – enjoy a barefoot relaxation. Kitesurf lessons are also available in Jeri. Overnight at Pousada Jeriba.

hammocks and beach umbrellas in the green waters of Lagoa do Paraiso in Jericoacoara, in the north-east of Brazil

Day 10 - Jericoacoara to Fortaleza

After breakfast, we will organise your transfer to the airport. Departure time is flexible and adjustable to fit your flight schedule. The transfer to Fortaleza is done in a 4×4 and normally takes 5 hours. This itinerary can be done in a reversed order should your international flight arrive in Fortaleza. Flights out of Jeri are also available on several days of the week, so then you can avoid the long transfer to Fortaleza. We will help you find the right sequence and tailor the trip up to your needs, timings and preferences.

sunset over the Atlantic Ocean seen from the Sunset Dune in Jericoacoara in Brazil, a popular place where people gather to watch the sundowners

* NOTE : If you are interested in multi-day kite-surfing lessons, horse riding, scenic flights over the park, extended trekking expeditions to Baixa Grande and Queimada dos Britos, yoga and wellness – we can make the Route of Emotions very special to you. Tell us more about your preferred way of travel and the activities you like.

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