The Best of Brazil’s North Coast

A tailor-made tour to Brazil's spectacular North Coast

The Best of Brazil’s North Coast

This two week sample Brazil holiday showcases the best of Brazil’s fabulous north coast with its incredible beaches. The journey between Fortaleza and Sao Luis makes for a perfect holiday to Brazil and locally is known as the route of emotions. This tailor-made holiday to Brazil travels along stunning beaches, offers wildlife viewing plus a visit to the amazing Lencois Maranhenses national park. It’s ideal for those wishing to mix exploration and relaxation on a Brazil holiday and probably our favourite part of the country.

Day 1 – Fly to Fortaleza / Flexeiras

Fly to Fortaleza in the north of Brazil where upon arrival you will be met at the airport transferred in a private car to the beach town of Flexeiras and taken to your hotel. Flexeiras is roughly 2 hours away from Fortaleza but a lovely drive along the coast. On the way you will cross various beaches until arrival in Flexeiras. It is a perfect spot to relax.

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Rede Beach Hotel, Flexeiras Rede Beach Hotel, Flexeiras

The Hotel Rede Beach is wonderfully located on Flexeiras beach front with access direct from the hotel onto the sand. The hotel has 24 rooms each of which look out towards the beach and ocean. The rooms are of a simple rustic design and all have terraces or verandahs with a hammock, minibar, wi-fi, air conditioning and TV. The hotel has a spa and a lovely pool, less than 10 metres from the beach, a delightful pool bar and an excellent restaurant offering fine fare from the ocean. The hotel also houses a kitesurf school if you want to turn your hand to something adventurous. It’s a lovely hotel to spend a couple of days or a week.

Day 2 Flexeiras

Today is free for you to relax on the beach or in pool or perhaps view the local fishermen heading out to sea and bringing back their catch.

Day 3 Jericoacoara

After breakfast you will continue your journey along the coast crossing Mundaú river by ferry and exploring Mundaú, Baleia and Icaraí sand dunes on foot before visiting the Tamar Turtle Preservation Project in Almofala. There are seven species of sea turtles worldwide, five of which are found in Brazil. In the afternoon you will arrive in Jericoacoara and be taken to your chosen hotel before departing to see the sunset on top on the famous sunset dune.

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Vila Kalango, Jericoacoara Vila Kalango, Jericoacoara

The delightfully intimate Pousada Vila Kalango sits in front of the beach of Jericoacoara and is picture perfect. The pousada has 24 rooms divided between apartments, palafittes and bungalows, all created using local materials and with wonderful decoration. All the rooms are equipped with fans, minibar, mosquito net, and wi-fi access. There are no TV’s or telephones in the rooms allowing for total peace and tranquillity. The lovely restaurant looks out to the sea offering a delicious breakfast and an array of excellent Brazilian dishes. For relaxation there is a 19 metre long pool, with an ocean view and a lounge with hammocks plus a nearby bar.

Day 4 Jericoacoara

After breakfast you will head to visit the Heart Lagoon and the Paradise Lagoon, both stunning spots. The Paradise Lagoon in particular is an amazing place, a turquoise blue lake surrounded by sand dunes where you can enjoy sunbathing and swimming or perhaps just laze in one of the hammocks in the lake with a caipirinha in hand. It’s an incredible place. In the afternoon you will return to Jericoacoara and walk to the Pedra Furada (Pierced Rock), which is one of the most photographed sights of the region.

Days 5 – 8 Jericoacoara

Enjoy the next few days at your leisure. Jericoacoara is one of those places that most people could happily never leave. There are lovely boutique shops and a great variety of activities which can be locally arranged. The evenings are great to head to the beach, enjoy a caiprinha from one of the many beach bars and watch people practicing capoeira on the sands.

Day 9 Barra Grande

After breakfast you will be collected by your driver in a four wheel drive vehicle and head along the sand dunes and beaches to Camocin town. On the way you will stop at Tatajuba which the locals say look like Jericoacoara 30 years ago. The village is isolated by the sand dunes which have covered the old town which now lies buried here. You will enjoy the scenic drive through the dunes and the green sea of Ceará before arriving in Barra Grande where you will stay at your chosen hotel.

Day 10 Atins / Lencois Maranhenses National Park

After breakfast you will depart in a four wheel drive to Parnaíba where you will take a motor boat to Tutóia, crossing the Parnaíba River Delta. This area is an incredible area as is a unique eco-system and home to many animals and colourful birds. Seen from the sky, the meeting of the Parnaíba river with the delta leading to the Atlantic Ocean looks like a giant puzzle. When you disembark in Tutóia you will leave in a 4WD to Caburé, a long sand bank sticking out in to the Atlantic Ocean. You will finally depart in small speed boat to Atins where you will spend the night.

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Pousada Oceano Atins Pousada Oceano Atins

Oceano Atins is a boutique hotel located just outside of Lencois Maranhenses National Park and is like a living art gallery such is the amount of contemporary sculptures and paintings around the property. There are only four rooms in the property making it a very unique place stay and all rooms are individually furnished with differing art and antique rugs in refined simplicity. The hotel has direct access to the beach, with a good restaurant and bar whilst also offering a number of activities such as horse riding or kite surfing.

Day 11 Barreirinhas / Lencois Maranhenses National Park

After breakfast you will depart for a tour to the lagoons. Here you will get an idea of the beauty and the dimension of Lençóis Maranhenses. In the afternoon you will depart in a boat along the Preguiça River to Barrreirinhas where you will be taken to your chosen hotel.

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Pousada Porto Preguicas, Barreirinhas Pousada Porto Preguicas, Barreirinhas

The Porto Preguiças Resort is the best place to stay in Barreirinhas. Set on the banks of the Preguiça river it offers a very good level of accommodation in spacious gardens. The rooms are all very large with two double beds and large bathroom, digital safes, free wi-fi and LCS TVs. The hotel has an excellent restaurant and bar with a large pool and a sauna plus a massage area for the ultimate in relaxation. There are kayaks for hire allowing you to paddle down the river plus a variety of other activities on offer to enhance your stay.

Day 12 Lencois Maranhenses National Park / Sao Luis

After breakfast you will begin a full day tour to the National Park. Here you will get an idea of the beauty and the dimension of Lençóis Maranhenses. It takes about 2 hours in 4WD and then 30 minutes walking to get to the lagoons where you will be able to swim so be sure to take your swimsuit. A boxed lunch box will be included. You will return to Barreirinhas in time to be transferred São Luís, roughly a 4 hour drive where you will be dropped off at your chosen hotel.

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Hotel Luzeiros, Sao Luis Hotel Luzeiros, Sao Luis

The Hotel Luzeiros sits in a great location by the beach with six different types of rooms, from standard rooms to a fabulous presidential suite. All rooms are immaculately designed with views of the beach and ocean, most of which have private balconies too. All rooms have large beds, flat screen TVs, free wi-fi and a digital safe. The hotel has a fabulous pool overlooking the ocean with an attached bar plus a spa, fitness room and sauna with views out to the ocean. The Munim lobby bar is a great place for a drink and the Timon and Mearim restaurants are both wonderful restaurants offering local and international food.

Day 13

This morning you will enjoy a tour of the historic centre of Sao Luis before a private transfer to Sao Luis airport where you board a flight back to the UK after what will have been an unforgettable holiday to Brazil.

What’s Included

  • International flights to Brazil
  • Private transfer Fortaleza / Flexeiras;
  • Private transfer Flexeiras /Jericoacoara;
  • Transfers between Jericoacoara / Camocim / Barra Grande and Tutóia / Caburé in 4WD charter vehicles;
  • Private Transfers Parnaíba / Tutóia and Caburé / Atins in motor boats;
  • Private Transfer in motor boat Atins / Barreirinhas;
  • Regular transfer Barreirinhas/São Luís;
  • Private half day historical city tour in Sao Luis;
  • Private Transfer Hotel / Airport in São Luis;
  • Private Tours in Lencois maranhenses National Park in 4WD vehicle;
  • 2 nights accommodation in Flexeiras with breakfast;
  • 6 nights accommodation in Jericoacoara with breakfast;
  • 1 night accommodation in Barra Grande with breakfast;
  • 1 night accommodation in Atins with breakfast;
  • 1 nights accommodation in Barreirinhas with breakfast;
  • 1 night accommodation in São Luis with breakfast;
  • All the tours mentioned;
  • English speaking guides

Not Included

  • Beverages and meals which are not specified;
  • Phone calls and personal expenses;
  • Travel insurance;
  • * All other services stated as optional or not explicitly stated as included.*

From: £3940 per person, based on 2 people sharing.

This is a guide price based on the use of rooms at low season, all transfers, domestic and international flights (from Europe).

Please enquire and we will provide a full quote for you.

All our itineraries are tailor-made to your own requirements so can be modified however you wish.