Brazil North East Tour
Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, is a protected area in Brazil’s northeastern Atlantic coast. Located on the banks of the Preguiças River, it’s known for its vast desert landscape of tall, white sand dunes and seasonal crystal-clear rainwater lagoons. The nearby towns of Barreirinhas and Santo Amaro do Maranhão, serve as entry points and provide Jeeps with guides. Recommended stay is 2-days to explore Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Bonita, two of the largest lagoons. The best time to visit is between July and September, when the ponds have formed.
Take a comprehensive tour of Rio de Janeiro, then travel to northeast Brazil. Visit Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, also known as the "Brazilian Sahara". Behind the dunes of the West Coast, lies the virgin beach called Jericoacoara. Jeri is the windsurfing capital of Brazil. Other activities include kayaking, kite surfing and horse riding. Dune buggy riding is available along the Paradise Lake which is 15 km long and surrounded by beautiful dunes and crystalline waters.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 11 DAY BRAZIL NORTH EAST HOLIDAY...
And, experience swimming in fresh water lakes in the Brazilian Sahara.
Lençóis Maranhenses National Park is considered the "Brazilian Sahara" for its 155,000 hectares dune desert which extends itself from the continent towards the sea. Composed of large, white, sweeping dunes, at first glance Lençóis Maranhenses looks like an archetypal desert.
Lying just outside the Amazon basin, the region is subject to a regular rainfall during the beginning of the year. The rains cause a peculiar phenomenon: freshwater collects in the valleys between sand dunes, spotting the desert with blue and green lagoons that reach their fullest between July and September.
A virgin beach hidden behind the dunes of the West Coast of Ceara State is Jericoacoara. Consistently voted one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world, Jeri, as it is called by locals, is a small point of heaven on Earth, compounded by deep blue lagoons, calm seas and huge dunes from the top of which you can see the most beautiful sunsets in Brazil.
Jeri is the windsurfing capital of Brazil but the winds really only pick up from September through December. Kayaking and Kite Surfing are also possible. Horse riding is common and you can rent horses by the hour. Dune Buggy Riding is available along the Paradise Lake which is 15 km long and surrounded by beautiful dunes and amazingly clear crystalline waters.
There are plenty of choices of carrier to Brazil from the UK, with São Paulo and Rio being the usual points of arrival. If your ultimate destination is neither of these cities, it is usually best to connect in Rio, or connect with a flight on the continent, where your options are TAM to Recife from Paris, or TAP via Lisbon to Recife, Salvador, Fortaleza, Natal, Belo Horizonte and Brasília. If you only want to go to the Amazon, Manaus via Miami with TAM is your best bet, but it’s unlikely to be cheaper or quicker than a flight to Rio or São Paulo and then a connection north.
Rio – Lencois – Jeri – Rio
(11 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Rio de Janeiro Meet and greet on arrival at Rio de Janeiro and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, take a Samba Dance Class (optional) at one most the prestigious dancing schools or explore the town at your leisure.
For dinner we recommend the restaurant of the chef Claude Troisgos and experience his legendary “Menu Degustation” which is a sampler of his signature French dishes. If you wish to explore the night in Rio then you can either go to Leblon to explore the bars and clubs of this trendy neighbourhood or the Rio Scenarium bar, where you can also practice the Samba moves you learnt earlier in the day.
Overnight at Fasano (B)
Day 2 – Transfer
Lençois Maranhenses Transfer to the airport for your flight to Sao Luis. On arrival, transfer by road (3 and half hrs) towards Barreirinhas to Lençóis Maranhenses. The municipal district of Barreirinhas is the entrance to the National Park of Lençóis Maranhenses.
Overnight at Caburé in Pousada Porto do Buriti (B)
Day 3 – Fisherman Village Tour
Lençois Maranhenses After breakfast we visit the typical fisherman village of Mandacaru. Later view of the dunes from the lighthouse and then transfer to Barreirinhas.
Overnight at Pousada Buriti in Barreirinhas (B)
Day 4 – National Park
Lençois Maranhenses After breakfast, full day tour to the National Park. Here we will have an idea of the beauty and the dimension of Lençóis Maranhenses. It takes about 2 hours in 4WD and than an hour walking to get to the lagoons. Lunch box is included. Return to Barreirinhas in the late afternoon.
Overnight at Pousada Buriti in Barreirinhas (B, L)
Day 5 – Transfer by 4x4 Land Rover
Jericoacoara After a leisurely morning and lunch we take a private transfer by 4x4 Land Rover to Jericoacoara. The first part of the journey to Jijoca takes 3 hours and from there a 45 min journey over sand dunes and small lakes that are typical to this region, is most interesting. Upon arrival and after you have freshened up we head into the village for dinner where there are excellent seafood restaurants.
Overnight at Pousada Mosquito Blue (B)
Day 6-8 – Beaches & Villages
Jericoacoara The trip to Jeri represents a natural obstacle but it is part of the show. The road from Fortaleza to Jerico acoara presents beautiful beaches and rustic villages. The last 45 minutes are off-road "on-sand dunes", and along a beach in what it is one of most beautiful journeys of Brazil (even more at night, in the moon light!).
Overnight at Pousada Mosquito Blue (B, D)
Day 9 – Transfer
Rio de Janeiro Transfer to the Fortaleza airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Half-day Tour: After lunch take a half day tour to one of Rio’s most famous postcard views, the “SugarLoaf” mountain. This visit is made in two stages by cable car. The first cable car takes passengers to Urca Hill which is 215 meters high from where one has a beautiful view of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói bridge and Corcovado hill. Then take a second cable car to the top (395 meters) to see a splendid view of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress and some of the beaches of Niterói.
Overnight at Fasano (B, L, D)
Day 10 – City Highlights Tour
Rio de Janeiro After breakfast take a short drive through downtown Rio, passing by the Sambo drome, the Metropolitan and the traditional Cinelândia Square with its historical buildings and the National Museum of Fine Arts. Then drive through the charming neighbourhood of Santa Teresa to catch the train to Corcovado, the majestic statue of Christ standing 120 feet high. The Redeemer’s outstretched arms welcome you to a breathtaking panorama - unmatched for its spellbinding magic!
On your return stop at the artsy and hip Santa Teresa neighbourhood where you will visit the Chacara do Ceu Museum – perhaps the best small museum in the country. For lunch we recommend Aprazivel restaurant, Rio’s best contemporary Brazilian cuisine restaurant which has stunning views of the Guanabara Bay. Evening at leisure.
Overnight at Fasano (B, L)
Day 11 – Depart
Rio de Janeiro Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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Overview Brazil is bigger than the United States (excluding Alaska) and the journey from Recife in the east to the western border with Peru is longer than that from London to Moscow, and the distance between the northern and southern borders is about the same as that between New York and Los Angeles.
Roughly two-thirds of Brazil’s population live near the coast and well over half live in cities. In Rio and São Paulo, Brazil has two of the world’s great metropolises. Most Brazilians speak Portuguese but there are also Spanish speakers who won’t understand Portuguese.
In the extreme south German and eastern European immigration has left distinctive traces; São Paulo has the world’s largest Japanese community outside Japan; a large Afro-Brazilian population is concentrated in Rio, Salvador and São Luís; while the Indian influence is very visible in the Amazon.
Where to go The three largest cities in Brazil; São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte are worth visiting but Rio, which really is as beautiful as it seems in pictures, is the one essential destination.
The South, encompassing the states of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul includes much of the enormous Paraná River system. Further south-west are the spectacular Iguaçu Falls on the border with Argentina, one of the great natural wonders of South America.
The Central Brazil is dominated by an enormous plateau of savanna and rock escarpments. In the middle, lies Brasília, the country’s space-age capital, and gateway to Mato Grosso. It includes the Pantanal, the largest wetlands in the world and the richest wildlife reserve anywhere in the Americas. North and west Mato Grosso shades into the Amazon, the world’s largest river basin that also contains two major cities – Belém, at the mouth of the Amazon itself, and Manaus, some 1600km upstream.
The Northeast, the part of Brazil that curves out into the Atlantic Ocean is a region of dramatic contrasts: a lush tropical coastline with the best beaches in Brazil. Two of its largest cities; Recife and Salvador, are most heavily Afro-Brazilian and a fascinating place to visit.
When to go When thinking about the best time to visit Brazil, it’s worth bearing in mind that the country splits into four distinct climatic regions. The only part of Brazil that ever gets really cold is the South and Southeast, the region roughly from central Minas Gerais to Rio Grande do Sul that includes Belo Horizonte, São Paulo and Porto Alegre.
In January the rains are coming to an end and it is a good time to visit Rio. But the warmer days are accompanied by the start of the rains in the Amazon and the Pantanal. February is Carnival time in Brazil. In April and May the temperatures begin to decline and by end April, Pantanal enters its dry season.
June and July is winter in Brazil but temperatures rarely hit freezing overnight. It is a good time to visit the Green Coast between Rio and Sao Paulo; evenings are cooler, but the air is fresh and the sea still warm. Bahia's rainy season tends to begin in June, with one or two showers that arrive in the afternoon.
August and October are perhaps the best time to visit the Pantanal, and also great for spending time in Rio, where spring is arriving, there are few clouds in the sky and the temperatures are on the rise. Summer arrives in November, and you can expect high temperatures across the country. Rio de Janeiro in December tends to be hot and dry, but it gets busy during Christmas and New Year.
Visa Visas for Brazil are not required by all nationals of EU countries for stays of up to 90 days. Visas are required by nationals of Australia, Canada and the USA. Other national to check with Brazilian Consulate in their respective countries.
For UK Travellers: British nationals can normally enter Brazil without a visa as a tourist.
Make sure you comply with Brazilian immigration laws on arrival in the country. You must satisfy the Federal Police (the Brazilian immigration authority) of your intended purpose of visit. You will need to be able to demonstrate that you have enough money for the duration of your stay, and provide details of your accommodation and evidence of return or onward travel. Make sure your passport is stamped. If it is not, you may be fined on departure. Keep your immigration landing card. You’ll need it when you leave. If you lose it you may be fined.
Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Brazil.
For further information about visas see the website of the Brazilian Consulate in London.
Visa information source: www.gov.uk