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North-East Brazil 4x4 Adventure

5-8 Nights Recommended

This tour of the far northern coast of Brazil takes you to three national parks, a spectacular journey of dunes and lagoons linked by beautiful beaches and river deltas. This remote corner of the country holds adventures on the sands and in the waters, with excursions around the parks possible by vehicle, boat on foot, by beach buggy and quad-bike, and on horse as well.

This tour of the far northern coast of Brazil takes you to three national parks, a spectacular journey of dunes and lagoons linked by beautiful beaches and river deltas. This remote corner of the country holds adventures on the sands and in the waters, with excursions around the parks possible by vehicle, boat on foot, by beach buggy and quad-bike, and on horse as well. 

  • Destinations: Jericoacoara - Fortaleza & Canoa Quebrada - Sao Luis & Lençois Maranhenses - Piaui & The Parnaiba Delta
  • Duration: 5-8 Nights Recommended
  • Trip Style: Traditional
  • Activities: Wildlife Observation - Ecotourism - Beaches

Brazil Adventure Tours provide you with ideas for tours of Brazil and South America, with all being completely flexible with regards to dates, duration or the tours, activities and classes that we can include. Our website tours are our recommendations based on our experience of how to make the very best of your time in South America. We can adjust these details in any way that you wish, with a little advice from us of course. We can combine any of our destinations that you wish to visit into one tour, and for however long you wish to visit them. Any of our Traditional and Adventure tours can also be combined in whichever way you prefer. We are here to organise a tour that suits you after all, not the other way around!

Day 1 : All the way to Maranhao
Sao Luis
After flying over Brazil, you arrive in Sao Luis. The capital of Maranhao State gives you a look at a city that was founded over 400 years ago, and contains both a modern and a historical side. Sao Luis was founded by the French and colonised by the Portuguese, and the marks of colonisation can still be seen in architecture of the city and neighbouring Alcantara across the estuary. A wander through the historical streets of Sao Luis around the port of the lower city comes first, with the redevelopment improving the area all the time. After the tour you transfer to your hotel looking out over the Atlantic Ocean and also to neighbouring Alcantara.
Day 2 : Dunes and Lagoons of Lençois Maranhenses
Sao Luis to Barreirinhas
In the morning you drive three hours along the highway to Barreirinhas. In the afternoon you head into the dunes of Lençois Maranhenses, the only desert on the planet with its own freshwater lakes. This national park is one of the most photogenic areas of Brazil, or anywhere else. The wind-carved dunes curve into the distance, with the clearest blue water forming lakes between them. You can spend the morning leaving footprints in empty miles of soft white sands, refreshing in the blue lakes between them, and taking photos of everything you can see. Evening is free to enjoy Barreirinhas, which is a quiet town with a relaxed air.
Day 3 : The Shifting Sands of Maranhao
Barreirinhas to Cabure & Atins
After breakfast, a boat trip takes you down the Lazy River past the Mandacaru Lighthouse, with unparalleled 360º views of Mandacaru, Atins and the smaller dunes of Lençois Maranhenses. Your launch takes you to explore the water channels and vegetation along the way, including a stop in the fishing community of Vassouras, with its friendly monkeys. You reach Cabure before lunch, a village built on a disappearing spit of sand that guards the Lazy River from the open ocean. It has already been moved at least once! You transfer by boat from Cabure to Atins, with the afternoon free to wander in to the dunes once more before relaxing in your rustic pousada.
Day 4 : Along the Atlantic Coastline
Atins to Cabure & the Parnaiba Delta
The day begins with the 4x4 journey along the beaches and through the dunes of North-East Brazil, looking out over the Atlantic Ocean as it breaks on miles of empty beaches. After passing through Tutoia, you cross into Piaui State and arrive on the edge of the Rio Parnaiba Delta. Here, the vegetation is more exuberant, making it a haven for wildlife. The Port of Aramadillos on Santa Isabel Island is the first stop in the delta. Here you take a launch along the creeks, rivers and estuaries, with monkeys, iguanas, snakes and scarlet ibis amongst many other animals. After a delta sunset, you can settle into your simple pousada in Parnaiba and relax.
Day 5 : All the way to Jeri
Parnaiba Delta to Jericoacoara
The roads of Piaui take you to Camocim in the morning, where you cross the Rio Coreau in Ceara State. The Lonely Palm and Beach of Love (Praia de Amor) come as you travel east and back to the coastline. By late morning you reach the ruins of of Tatajuba. The village was buried by the encroaching dunes and abandoned to nature. In the afternoon you continue east to Mangue Seco, taking a boat around the mangroves of Guriú and finally to Jericoacoara, hopefully in time for sunset. You can enjoy this from the top of Sunset Dune, the largest in the area that sits outside the tiny town built on sand roads. Evening is free to explore.
Day 6 : Jeri!
Your days in Jeri are all free, free, free to do as much or as little as you please, and there is no better place in Brazil to take your time making such difficult decisions. Life moves at a slow pace in Jeri, the sun rises at 6am and sets at 6pm, just about every day of the year. The full moon also rises and sets at these times. Watching this happen simultaneously, the sun setting into the sea as the moon rises over the dunes, and vice-versa twelve hours later, is a special moment and perhaps the only timing that you need to remember. Otherwise, you can go wherever the mood takes you.
Day 7 : Jeri Activities
It is easy to slide into the relaxed atmosphere of Jeri, and slip into a hammock or the warm waters of a beach lagoon for a few minutes or hours. If you can raise yourself to exercise, you can also slide down the huge dunes. Sand-boarding is one of the most popular activities, and also one of the most fun - especially watching somebody else trying it for the first time. Surfing and kite-surfing are popular too, while horse-rides through the dunes and along the beach appeal to many. Snorkelling and diving are easy to arrange when in the town, or just a simple walk on an empty beach and a swim in the tropical ocean is as pleasurable as could be in Jeri.
Day 8 : The Final Leg
Jericoacoara to Guajiru
Leaving Jericoacoara, there are dunes and lagoons to visit on your journey to Guajiru. The offshore winds in this 300km stretch of Ceara coastline between Jericoacoara and Fortaleza are the base for some of the finest in Brazil for kite-surfing and wind-surfing, including Praia do Prea just outside of town. Your journey passes by estuaries which need to be crossed by the local balsa, a small and simple craft designed to negotiate the shallows of the coast. Your final stop on the journey along the north-east coastline of Brazil comes at Guajiru. On arrival at your pousada in the small town you can relax for the late afternoon and evening.
Day 9 : To Fortaleza & Away
Guajiru to Fortaleza & Away
The final day of your land journey across the far north-eastern coastline of Brazil brings the journey from Guajiru to Fortaleza. The journey takes around 4 hours through the dunes and along the beach, passing the kite-surfing beaches of Cumbuco, Paracuru, Mundau and Praia da Prea closer to the city. On arrival in Fortaleza, you say goodbye at the airport and begin your journey away from Brazil. This 4x4 tour of the north-east coastline of Brazil can be reversed, and can also be combined with the buggy trip between Natal and Fortaleza, or any other of our wonderful tours of Brazil.
PRICES Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
Per Adult * US$ 1,975 US$ 2,225 US$ 2,850 US$ 3,500
Domestic Flights ** N/A

Suggested Hotels Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
Fortaleza & Canoa Quebrada
Sao Luis & Lençois Maranhenses
Piaui & The Parnaiba Delta


* Prices vary depending on travel dates and flight availability. Peak periods in Brazil including Carnaval, public holidays and Christmas/New Year usually require a minimum number of nights, so in these cases itineraries may need to be changes. ** Domestic flight prices are estimated on typical values when reserved 6 months before travel. Prices can never be guaranteed until reservations are made though, and do usually become more expensive closer to the travel period.

Do I require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil and other countries visited during this tour?

Citizens of many countries require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil, organised in advance at your nearest Brazil Consulate.
Please check details for visa requirements for your country on our Brazil Tourist Visa page.
Also, for details of your nearest Brazil Consulate in case you do require a Tourist Visa, please visit our Brazil Consulates page.

Do I need any special vaccinations for the areas visited during this tour?

Visitors to Brazil and South America are advised to always check the latest health information from your local doctors or travel clinic.
You may be advised to take a course of Malaria tablets. Yellow Fever Vaccine is highly recommended/essential for the Pantanal & Amazon region, plus the certificate to prove it, and possibly Hepatitis A and B Vaccines.
Please check our Brazil Vaccinations for further information.

What is the best time of year for this tour?

All Year Round