a jungle adventure and overland journey along Brazil's north-eastern shoulder
This 13 day itinerary explores the wildlife of the Amazon rainforest, and the spectacular dunes of Lençois Maranhenses National Park, followed by a 4x4 adventure along remote and stunning beaches to the fishing village of Jericoacoara.
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The Amazon rainforest
Note: This itinerary works particularly well from Europe with Air Portugal's flights in to Manaus and home from Fortaleza.
Days 1-3: Fly to Manaus, the gateway to one of the world's most impressive rivers: the mighty Amazon, whose milky silt-laden waters join the tannin-stained Rio Negro at the famous meeting of the waters. Spend three nights here, taking in the sights and sounds of the forest including excursions with a knowlegeable local guide to visit local riverine dwellers, treks through the jungle, or do night tours on the river to spot black and spectacled caiman. Manaus has one of the largest annual variations in water levels in the world, and the flooded forest is at its peak in July.
Colonial São Luis
Day 4: Fly to colonial São Luis, once a slaving port. First founded by the French, and owned for short times by the Dutch and Portuguese, European influences are everywhere and much African culture remains.
The endless dunes of the Lençois Maranhenses
Days 5-8: Driven (3-4 hours) to Barreirinhas, on the banks of the sleepy Preguiças river and close to the Lençois Maranhenses National Park. This is a spectacular series of endless white sand dunes - a mere 155,000 hectares - many of whose troughs form enticingly swimmable fresh water lagoons from May to October (the rainy season is from January to July).
After a 2 night stay you will embark on an overland adventure which starts by river, heading towards the ocean (there are various accommodation choices in simple fishing villages and remote islands) and the enormous Parnaiba delta. The journey continues by 4x4, culminating with a drive along beaches, over dunes and across rivers and estuaries by hand-poled ferry.
Jericoacoara - sea breezes and sand castles
Days 9-12: You finally arrive in the vibrant beach village of Jericoacoara, where you have four nights to relax and unwind. 'Jeri' is a charming, hippyish, oceanfront fishing village hidden among rolling sand dunes and palm trees. It is popular with in-the-know families and water sports enthusiasts. There is plenty to do for adults and children of all ages, from hunting for sea horses in the delta of nearby Tatajuba, riding, dune buggy excursions, kitesurfing or learning to play capoeira with the locals.
Day 13: Driven to Fortaleza (5 hours) for onward connections.
In the following section you will see our suggested options for possible accommodation.
The estimated flight cost included in this itinerary (assuming international flights from the UK plus any internal flights that are necessary) is £940 per person.
Standard - £3,100
- Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge - 20 minutes by boat from Manaus and surrounded by 3,000 hectares of protected rainforest.
- My Blue Hotel - right on the beach in Jericoacoara with a lovely restaurant, comfortable rooms and a spa.
- Porto Preguiças Resort - just outside Barreirinhas with a large pool and activities centre.
Price and validity notes
We have tried to give you as accurate an idea of prices as possible, including meals where appropriate (but not when there are good local options so you don't pay for a meal that you might not want), accommodation, transfers, and any tours we have included.
All prices are per person based on two people sharing a room and are intended as a guide (local high or low seasons can cause some variation). All prices were correct when published but may vary with exchange rate fluctuations, fuel surcharges, or changes in the general economic situation.