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The Route of Emotions in Brazil is one of the country’s highlights.  You will go through three North Eastern states, Ceará, Piauí and Maranhão, in an unforgettable little known route, so be sure that you will escape the tourist crowds!

You will experience the wild side of one of the most incredible landscapes in the Northeast of Brazil, beginning in the colonial city of São Luis and ending in sunny Fortaleza visiting different ecosystems. Our personal highlight is the Lencois Maranhenses National Park, an out of this world landscape of white sand dunes and turquoise water lagoons. The best time to visit here is June/July after the rainy season so that the lagoons are at their fullest.

We have recently experienced this trip and we cannot recommend it enough if you are going back to Brazil or you want to discover something really unique for your first visit to this country. Give our consultants a ring on 0207 112 0019 or email us to start planning!

Your Itinerary

Day 1 - São Luis

Arrive in São Luis where your guide and driver will meet you and take you by private car to your hotel.

You will have some free time before bedtime so enjoy walking around the beautiful colonial centre of this charming city. If you wish, and depending on your flight’s arrival time, you can add a privately guided tour of the city.

Accommodation at Pousada Portas da Amazonia in a standard room for 1 night with breakfast.

Day 3 - São Luis to Barreirinhas and 4x4 tour of Lencois Maranhenses

A fairly early start to the day as you will by picked up by your driver at around 8 am for a 3 to 4 hours journey to Barreirinhas. After checking into the hotel, you will visit the magical Lençóis Maranhenses.

We will leave in a 4×4 overland vehicle for a tour on the Lagoa Bonita circuit. The park was created in June 1981 and its area is 155 thousand hectares, of which 90 thousand are free dunes and interdune lagoons. The Park is inserted in a transition zone between the Cerrado, Caatinga and Amazon biomes and is composed of restinga areas, free dune fields and ocean coast. We will take sand trails until our first stop for lunch (not included) at a local restaurant. After lunch we will go to the Bonita Lagoon, where we will have time to swim and rest. Our return will be after sunset with arrival in Barreirinhas around 7:00pm.

Accommodation at Pousada Encantes do Nordeste in a standard room with breakfast for 1 night.

Day 4 - Barreirinhas to Atins with boat tour on the Rio Preguiças

We will leave around 10 am with an executive, private car to the beira rio harbour where we will board a private boat for a tour on the Rio Preguiças.

During the navigation we will pass by Vassouras, the monkeys island, Cabure and the Mandacaru Lighthouse. Lunch (not included) will be in Cabure at one of the fishermen’s huts.

You will carry on and finish the day in Atins where you will spend 1 night at La Ferme de Georges in a dune chalet with breakfast.

Day 5 - Atins to Parnaiba with flight of the Ibis birds

Departure from Atins at 8:00am to the port of fora to board a boat. We will cross until Cabure and then board the 4×4 towards Parnaíba. We will pass through Tutoia to visit the cemetery beach of the ships and then continue on the asphalt road until the Tatus port.

From there we will embark on another adventure through the region of the Route of Emotions: using a motorboat, we will pass by igarapés (small creeks) and small islands in the heart of the Parnaíba Delta. We will stop for lunch at Casa de Caboclo (not included). We continue sailing through the Delta to a dune formation east of Feijão Bravo in Caju Bay. There is a stop to see the dunes and take a swim in the seasonal lagoons or in the river. Around 5:30 pm, we will have the privilege of watching the flight of the Red Guará: a spectacle not to be missed. The return is after sunset, with arrival at 06:30pm/07:00pm and boarding in a 4×4 to go to the hotel.

Accommodation at Casa de Santo Antonio in a charm room with breakfast for 1 night.

Day 6 - Barra Grande

Free morning to rest, our departure will be at 12:00 pm in direction of Barra Grande, passing by the Árvore Penteada (Jaguar Tree) and part of the beaches and dunes of the coast of Piaui.

Lunch (not included) will be in a local restaurant on the Coqueiros beach in Luis Correa. Barra Grande is a small village, and our arrival will be around 3:00pm, with the rest of the day free to enjoy the beach.

Accommodation at Pousada BGK in a standard chalet with breakfast for 2 nights.

Day 7 - Tour to Chaval - the City of Stones

Departure from Barra Grande around 9:00am to visit Chaval, known as the City of Stones. We will walk through its natural park, which houses cave paintings that date back to 9 thousand years ago. We will also visit the carnauba stone: one of the highest monoliths in the natural park. Lunch (not included) will be at a local restaurant, where we can also take a dip in a natural pool carved out of the rocks, and will have the opportunity to see a handmade salt mine that is part of the local economy to this day.

A local guide will accompany the hike in the natural park.

Day 8 - Camocim

Departure in the morning towards Camocim. On the way, we will pass by Cajueiro da Praia to visit the largest cashew tree in the world! Then we will go for a boat ride on the Timonha River to see the manatee, on a float (using life jackets) through the gentle current of the river. We will visit a fishing corral and stop for lunch (included) at the island of shells. We will disembark at the Pontal das Almas, in Bitupitá, where we will visit the tomb of Santa Adelaide. From there we continue via the beach passing through Curimãs, Barra dos Remédios, Amarelas, and Maceió until we arrive in Camocim at the end of the day.

Accommodation at Baia das Caraubas in wapi bungalow for 2 nights with breakfast.

Day 9 - Free day in Camocim

Free day to enjoy the hotel, reading a good book by the pool or on the veranda of the chalet, bike ride on the beach, kayak ride, light walk around the hotel.

Day 10 - Departure

Today you will be taken by private transfer in a 4×4 to Fortaleza airport to catch your onward flight.


The Route of Emotions is an unforgettable trip in a lesser known part of Brazil. This trip is private with the addition of an English speaking guide throughout. Please note that English is not widely spoken in this part of the country, and the logistics mean that some of the days will be long.

At the end you may wish to swap Camocim with Jericoacoara, which is a bigger town with plenty of boutiques, bars and restaurants. We personally loved Camocim, as much more laid back, and Baia das Caraubas is a perfect boutique hotel on a stunning beach but it is outside the town, so it is perfect if you want to seek complete relaxation. The best would be to include them both!

You can combine it with other destinations in Brazil or it can be a great holiday to Brazil on its own. You will need to fly into Sao Luis and out of Fortaleza.

What's included?

  • Prices start from £3,653 per person
  • 9 nights in hotels on B&B basis
  • Private transfers in 4×4 vehicles
  • Private boat transfers
  • All entrance fees with service of English speaking guide for excursions
  • Local taxes
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered

All prices correct at the time of writing.  Give us a call on 0207 112 0019 or email us to discuss your requirements and get a confirmed price.

Please remember this is a sample itinerary and we are happy to modify it to suit your plans.  We can add or remove days and look at different places to stay.

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