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I have been home for 3 days now!!! I love all the travel experience that I have from South America, especially from Brazil!!!! I just want to say thank you for all the help and support that you gave me! Very nice to meet you!! Whenever you come to Canada, please let me know! I have feeling that we will meet again! ;) All the best,
Joyei Z - Canada
Now that we’re back home and normality has returned, I wanted to write a note to express our thanks for an incredible journey and thank you for the effort you put into making it so special. One word describes the organisation of our trip. Flawless. The hotels used by LUSH were each beautiful in their own way and staffed by the most amazingly helpful people, our local guides and the transport from place to place was always there. As easy and wonderful as it was for myself and Jeremy, I’m sure that the work and effort you put in behind the scenes to organise everything required enormous amounts of energy. Many other tours I have done in the past have not run as smoothly as this tour. LUSH Pathways is to be congratulated on a tour organised with such precision! Besides your knowledge of tourism in Brazil, it is clear that your relationships with all the people you use in that area, ranging from people in the hotels to the guides and transport people, are relationships in which these people know the company well and have a lot of respect for you. I know how hard it is and how long it takes to cultivate solid relationships. To top it off, the location! Your pictures and descriptions do not do the Northeast of Brazil justice..but then again, I don’t think that would be possible. Each place we went to was phenomenal. Sao Luis was special because it was the first stop on our tour – what a beautiful, simple, relaxed little city. Our favourite stop was Jericoacoara – we wished we could have spent more time there but have plans to return. We have both been converted to LUSH Pathwayism and we shall be spreading the gospel. Thank you so much once again, we shall be telling anyone who cares to listen that they must visit Brazil and that they must use you.
Jen C - United States
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10% OFF Lençois Maranhenses Route » Dec 10, 2012
9 DAY: Dunes, Parnaiba Delta & Mangroves

Colonial architecture in Sao Luis
Crystaline lagoon in Lencois Maranheses NP
View from the lighthouse in Mandacaru
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Duration: 9 days / 8 nights
Areas: Brazil's Northeast
Style: Group Tour
Tour Code: GS09SLF
A fascinating adventure that covers many beautiful and remote areas.
Itinerary: Day 1 São Luís; Day 2-3-4 Lençóis Maranhenses National Park; Day 5-6 Rio Preguiças / Paulino Neves / Parnaiba; Day 7 Delta das Americas; Day 8 Fortaleza or São Luís, Day 9 Departure Day.

Day 1 Arrival Day in São Luís
Arrive in the morning. São Luís is the only city in Brazil founded by the French. A walk around the Historical Centre is the perfect way to see the beauty of this charming colonial town rich in folkloric traditions. Welcome meeting @ 18hs.

Day 2-3-4 Lençóis Maranhenses National Park
We start early in the morning. Beautiful remote beaches, mangroves, oases with crystalline waters, white sand dunes, interesting fauna and migratory birds are some of the attractions of this 1550 square kilometer national park. We first visit the area called “Grandes Lençóis”, meaning “Big Bed Sheets” because of the appearance of the sand dunes. A 4x4 journey takes us through isolated, traditional fishing villages in this stunning part of Brazil, an area that few people have the privilege to visit.

Day 5-6 Rio Preguiças / Paulino Neves / Parnaiba
A boat journey up the “Rio Preguiças” takes us to a local community. There they make their living from the Buriti tree – the most important palm tree in the area. We will have the opportunity to see all the processes involved in making handcrafts and other products. We then navigate to Caburé with stops at Mandacaru Light House and Vassouras - part of which is called the “Pequenos Lençóis” or “Small Bed Sheets” – an Environmental Protected Area.
Enjoy the unique simplicity of farming communities on our 4x4 route…pigs, goats, and kids bathing in the river are some of the day-to-day scenes of this beautiful, pure area. We then take a local public bus to Parnaíba.

Day 7 Delta das Americas
Delta das Americas, also known as Delta do Parnaiba, is the only delta to open into the Atlantic Ocean.A boat trip offers the chance to visit one of the biggest mangrove forests in the world which is 2700 square kilometers of islands, beaches, lagoons, sand dunes and mangroves!
The delta is home to amazing fauna and with a bit of luck we might see iguanas, snakes, crabs, monkeys, caiman and the beautiful scarlet ibis, without counting other bird species. A nightbus takes you to Fortaleza, the final destination of this tour. You will arrive in Fortaleza early in the morning. Or if you wish, you can take a bus back to São Luís the next morning (let us know in advance). You will arrive in São Luís at the end of the afternoon.

Day 8 Fortaleza or São Luís
Check into the hotel and enjoy your last day. Depending on your arrangements, you can leave today or tomorrow.

Day 9 Departure Day

Do you have time to see a bit more?
Check out our 12 DAY version of this route: São Luis, Lencois Maranhenses & Jeri

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Additional Accommodation & Transfers
You can book your arrival transfer with us and add extra nights accommodation before or after your trip. Click here for details.

This tour runs combined with the 12 Day Group Tour: São Luis, Lencois Maranhenses & Jericoacoara.

The itinerary presented is a guideline. Things may change with little or no notice due to local circumstances such as weather conditions, difficult access and other unpredictable or unforeseeable circumstances, events or any factor that might put the safety or well-being of our clients at risk.

*For all tours/programs, “Force Majeure” applies, as explained in our Booking Conditions.

What is the Final Payment?
The Final Payment is a convenient and easy way for us to get cash to the Tour Leader to pay for some of the expenses during the tour. It is a nominal proportion of the funds that are required to run the tour. The Final Payment is in addition to, and not included in, the base tour price. The Final Payment must be paid locally to the Tour Leader on the first day of the tour. Go to our FAQ section to know more about it.

Are these tours for me?
Our goal is to make you live your trip, exposing you to some of the day-to-day situations of the places that we visit, providing not only an enjoyable trip, but also a life experience. If you don’t mind a bit of adventure, interacting with the local people, travelling on public buses, and if you care about the environment and the human side of things, then our trips are for you! Click here to see more about Our Way of Travelling.

What should I take?
Click here to see the "What to Bring" section in our FAQ.

All prices on our website are stated in $ American Dollars (USD). Please contact us prior to booking for prices in £ British Pounds (GBP) or € Euros (EUR). We do not accept other currencies.
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Activities Included
4x4 Trip to Lençóis Maranhenses NP;
Visit to local community;
Boat journey to Caburé;
Delta das Americas boat tour.

Food Included
Breakfast everyday and 1 lunch. Allow around $40 USD per day for meals.

7 nights in guesthouses/ hotels based on a twin/double room; day use of guesthouse/ hotel in Parnaíba (Day 7).

Several 4x4 private and shared scenic journeys/ transfers through remote areas; Local public buses on occasions and boat journeys.

Where do we go?
States of Maranhão, Piauí and Ceará.

Group size & Staff
Min 4, Max 10. Tour Leader throughout (except on the bus journey to Fortaleza or back to São Luís and on the last day of the tour - Day 8) and local guides on occasions.

Not Included
- Travel Insurance (mandatory)
- Visa fees (if required) and airport tax
- Any International Flights and additional flights to/from the beginning and end of the tour
- Arrival and Departure Transfers/taxis
- Optional Trips/ services available during the tour
- Meals, beverages not specified in the chosen itinerary, including items from the guesthouse/ hotel minibar
- Any other item/service not mentioned in the tour description
- Laundry, internet, phone calls & other personal expenses
- Tips to Local Guides and the Tour Leader; Tips/ service fee charged in restaurants (normally 10% on top of the bill)

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