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Trekking in Lençóis Maranhenses


Our trekking tours can be done by anyone as long as you are physically fit, have no medical contraindications and enjoy this type of trekking. We have short, one-day, and longest, 3 or 5-day itineraries that require more physical training.

All our itineraries are accompanied by a native and experienced guide. The Guide offers us besides the location, all the knowledge necessary to walk in the sands and dunes of Lençóis. His experience and wisdom are essential for an unforeseen crossing and allow us a knowledge and an intimacy with the place impossible to acquire otherwise. Therefore, following the guidance of the guide and respecting it is an essential condition to participate in the trekking. Each Guide will accompany a maximum of 6 to 8 people.

Walking in the sand requires a different effort from other types of soil, so we suggest walking barefoot or wearing sandals like Hawaiian, papete or croque which is a good option as well. Shoes and boots are not recommended. Little clothes, preferably white and quick drying, little luggage, water, sunglasses, cap or hat, swimwear, sunscreen SPF 60, backpack suitable for trekking, light flashlight, clock, a camera and a lot of disposition, are the basic essentials, the rest is suggested at the briefing the day before departure. .

The best time of the year for the crossings are the months of July to October, but it is possible at any time of the year. The best time to start trekking in Lençóis is always from 04:00 am on the dot. The temperature is mild, pleasant and the walk yields more. Stop for rest from 10:00 am to 02:00 pm is recommended. It is difficult to walk in the midday sun.

Our arrival and departure times are specified for reference only. Our scripts are not rigid, structured. We leave the program well to the traveler’s taste, keeping the due limitations imposed by the nature of the route. For trekking it is not advisable to carry a lot of luggage, so when it is the case, it is advisable to consult our receptionist at Pousada Encantes do Nordeste regarding the transportation of the luggage to the final point of the trekking.

Describing these crossings would not be enough to convey all its beauty and emotion, but prepare yourself for a unique, contemplative experience of the greatness and exuberance of nature and the simplicity and human dimension before it. There is also the mystical component to those people most sensitive and connected with the spiritual aspect of man’s adventure on earth.

R-1 – Lagoa da Esperança / Lagoa Azul / Atins
From Barreirinhas to Lagoa da Esperança 4 × 4 vehicle. Walk from the Lagoa da Esperança to the Atins through the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, past the Lagoa Azul. Overnight in the Atins and return to Barreirinhas the next day of voadeira (Speedboat)
Hiking Level: Medium
Total trip duration: Approx. 18 hours
Total length of hike: Approx. 7 hours
Travel duration 4 × 4: Approx. 1 hour
Total length of boat trip: Approx. 1:30 hours

R-2 – Atins – Lower Great – Queimada dos Britos – Santo Amaro
The most searched and most accomplished route has two stages. The first one leaves from boat of Barreirinhas, making the trip of the River Preguiças, Caburé, Mandacarú until arrival in Atins where it is overnight.
Duration of boat trip: Approx: 5 to 6 hours
The second stage, from the walk itself, leaves the Atins in the morning the next day bound for the Lower Great and overnight.
Walk Level: Intense
Duration: Approx: 6 to 8 hours.
The next morning, departure from Baixa Grande to Queimada dos Britos and overnight.
Duration: 2 to 3 hours.
On the last day, we left Queimada dos Britos at Santo Amaro.
Duration: Approx. 4 to 5 hours.
The whole walk is made in the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. You can walk from 8 to 10 hours on the first day and spend the night in Queimada dos Britos. It is at the discretion of the client and his physical disposition.
There are other options for trekking, see our agency or the reception.
Total trip duration: two or three days, depending on the client’s choice.