São Luís

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  • Lençois Maranhenses: 2-Day Combo Package

    1. Lençois Maranhenses: 2-Day Combo Package

    Discover the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park — a stunning region formed by the contrast between dunes and natural lagoons created by rainwater during the rainy season — with 2 incredible days of activities. Marvel at the wild scenery of the desert and the scenic beauty of the lagoons in this unique landscape. Day 1 Depart from your hotel in São Luis or the SLZ-Marechal Cunha Machado International Airport for flights arriving before 6:30 AM. Arrive in Barreirinhas, and set out at around 2 PM in a 4x4 vehicle to cross on the ferry. Then, follow a trail to get to the Lençois Maranhenses National Park, admire the dunes, and take a refreshing dip in the clean, blue lagoons. After watching the spectacular sunset at the top of the dune, return to Barreirinhas. Day 2 Depart around 8 AM on a speedboat tour of Preguiças River, a calm river with lots of different typical trees and palms on its ...

  • Lençóis Maranhenses: Transfer São Luis and Barreirinhas

    2. Lençóis Maranhenses: Transfer São Luis and Barreirinhas

    Enjoy shared transfer service to or from Barreirinhas and São Luiz with daily departures, including holidays. The trip will take around 4 hours and 20 minutes with a stop on the way to purchase snacks and to stretch your legs. São Luís is the capital of Maranhão in the northeast of Brazil. Its colonization has a history of disputes between French, Dutch, Portuguese, and Indigenous people, leaving a rich and intense cultural collection as its legacy. In addition, the São Luís culture is represented in famous festivals, such as Bumba Meu Boi and the Tambor da Crioula, which fill the streets in June. Barreirinhas is located on the coast, 252 kilometers from the capital, São Luís. The city is known for being the gateway to the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, a stunning region formed by the contrast between dunes and natural lagoons created by rainwater during rainy season. The wild scener...

    The service is overall pretty good. It is door to door service. They picked me up at my hotel at Barreirinhas and dropped me at the hotel at São Luis. The only reason why I did not give 5 star is that they were more than one hour late than what they have promised. It said 4pm but I was waiting for them right in front of my hotel until after 5pm. I hope it is just one time delay. It is a little bit frustrating not knowing whether they are coming or not. Although I understand it is not possible to pick up everyone at exact 4pm, one hour delay is more than I have expected. I hope them to be clear about this and to state that the pick up time is 4 to 5 pm. Again the service is overall good.

  • São Luís: Half-Day Historical City Tour

    3. São Luís: Half-Day Historical City Tour

    Enjoy a half-day tour of São Luis, a capital city founded by the French. Its colonization has a history of disputes between the French, Dutch, Portuguese, and Indigenous people, leaving a rich and intense cultural collection as a legacy. Start your day with pick up from select São Luis hotels and pass by Calhau, São Marcos, Ponta d’Areia beaches, and Jansen Lagoon, before reaching the Historical Center and walking through the traditional cobblestone streets.   Visit the main highlights of the city, including the Lion’s Palace, Pedro II Square, and Portugal Street, all evidence of São Luís’ fascinating history.  

    Excellent tour! We saw all the highlights. Our guide, Leonidas, was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. Car was comfortable and tour company responded quickly to inquiries. Highly recommend it.

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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 6 reviews

the driver and the guide picked us up at the airport at around 8 am and from there we went directly to our hotel in Barreirinhas which we had booked. We make a meal stop etc because the journey takes around 4 hours. then around 1:30 p.m. we are split up to do the activity. already going there is an adventure in itself: with our car in safari mode we cross the river then 1 hour of route to access Lencois. the road is difficult it is like progressing in the desert in 4 × 4. if back problems or motion sickness to avoid absolutely but we, we loved it! then 2 possible paths. and we choose according to our physical condition. the spectacle is magnificent arrived on the spot. and André our guide always takes us further to discover and find ourselves alone otherwise we can also stay swimming .. the 2nd day crossing the river is magnificent. mangrove dunes. Andre stays with us until we return and explains everything. awesome guide

The service is overall pretty good. It is door to door service. They picked me up at my hotel at Barreirinhas and dropped me at the hotel at São Luis. The only reason why I did not give 5 star is that they were more than one hour late than what they have promised. It said 4pm but I was waiting for them right in front of my hotel until after 5pm. I hope it is just one time delay. It is a little bit frustrating not knowing whether they are coming or not. Although I understand it is not possible to pick up everyone at exact 4pm, one hour delay is more than I have expected. I hope them to be clear about this and to state that the pick up time is 4 to 5 pm. Again the service is overall good.

Superb experience! The tour was perfectly organized from start to finish. The 4x4 was just great, thrills because you have to hang on. The view of the dunes is more magical, no complaints, we really have time to enjoy it. The boat super, the stopovers are long and we had time to discover and swim. At the top, I recommend 100% it's to be done! PS: Do not take a guide, it is not at all necessary.

Excellent tour! We saw all the highlights. Our guide, Leonidas, was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. Car was comfortable and tour company responded quickly to inquiries. Highly recommend it.

It is overall very good. The logistics is smoother than I thought. Someone picked me up at the hotel on time. I have no complaint.