Barefoot Trekking in Brazil

São Luís, Brazil

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Trek across the sweeping white dunes of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, with sand so soft you can make the trip in your bare feet. This vast expanse of dunes looks like an archetypical desert, but the blue and green lagoons that spring up during the rainy season let you stop for a refreshing dip along the way. At the beginning and end of your trip, explore São Luis do Maranhão, also known as "Brazilian Jamaica." Founded by the French in 1612, this vibrant city is a UNESCO World Heritage site.


Duration: 9 Days
Starts in: São Luis, Brazil
Ends in: São Luis, Brazil
Group Size: 6-15

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MT Sobek

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Arrive São Luis

Upon arrival in São Luis, meet your guide at the airport and transfer to your hotel. In the evening, gather with the group for a welcome dinner.

Historic Tour of São Luis

Enjoy a historic tour of São Luis, known for its picturesque colonial buildings with colorful tiles and cast-iron balconies. Dinner tonight is on your own.

Take a Speedboat from Barreirinhas to Atins

Get an early start for Barreirinhas, where you'll board a speedboat to Atins down the River Preguiça. Along the way, stop for lunch in the fishing village of Vassouras, visit the small dunes of Caburé, and stop at the oldest fishing village, Mandacaru. Upon arrival in Atins, transfer to your accommodations for the night and spend the evening at your leisure.

Trek in Lençóis Maranhenses National Park

After an early breakfast, transfer to the mouth of the Rio Negro and hike on the soft white dunes of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park — a trek best experienced barefoot or with only socks. Stop along the way for photo opportunities and to swim in the lagoons. Arrive at the oasis of Baixa Grande, where we will stay with one of the handful of families who live there. Enjoy a local dinner, sunset over the dunes, and spend the night in a local home.

Hike to Queimada

Set out for a second day of barefoot trekking through Lençóis Maranhenses National Park to Queimada dos Britos. Enjoy the hospitality of one of the local families who live in Queimada, who will prepare our lunch and dinner and be our hosts for the evening.

Day Hike to Betânia

Wake before sunrise to depart on a 6 to 7-hour hike to Betânia along the Alegre Riveras. We'll have a traditional lunch and dinner today, enjoying an evening at your leisure with the local villagers.

Betânia do Amoro

After an early breakfast, we continue hiking to the village of Santo Amaro. From here, transfer by 4x4 to Santo Amaro. In the afternoon, we hike to the Gaivota Lagoon for a refreshing sunset swim. Return to Santo Amaro, and enjoy a free evening to visit this quiet village. Overnight in hammocks at Santo Amaro.

Return to São Luis

After breakfast, depart for Sangue Village, then change cars before returning to São Luis, stopping for lunch in Rosário. Gather with the group in the evening for a farewell dinner in São Luis.

Depart from São Luis

Transfer from your hotel back to the airport for your homeward-bound flight.


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