Ecotourism in the Northeast: Salvador, Chapada Diamantina and Lençóis Maranhenses.

After initial contact with the people and culture of Salvador, its fortifications, museums, colourful houses and centennial churches, a route in the Chapada Diamantina National Park, with waterfalls, caves, hiking, floating in the “Poço Azul” (Blue Pit).

The trip ends with the image of the huge White sheets formed by White sand and interspersed blue and green colours from the freshwater ponds of the Lençóis Maranhenses. Boat ride along the river towards the sea offers a stunning view of mangroves, buritis (animal), White dunes and palm trees where you pick the Açaí fruit.

Via: Salvador - Praia do Forte - Chapada Diamantina - São Luis - Lençóis Maranhenses - Parnaíba - Jericoacoara

Itinerary

Day 01

Arrival – Salvador
Arrival at the airport of Salvador, where you’ll be welcomed by your English-speaking guide, and transfer to the Hotel.
Rest of the day off.

Included: Private transfer airport > hotel + Accommodation 

Stops: Salvador

Day 02

Salvador
Day of sightseeing in Salvador:

Visit of the « Upper Town »: the « old » Salvador, at the center of the city, where slaves used to be disciplined and now the heart of Bahia’s Carnaval. Walk through the picturesque alleys, the Church of San Francisco and the “Pelourinho” (central square of the city – cultural heritage by UNESCO), exploring the cultural aspects of Bahia and its traditions.
Visit of the « Lower City »: the modern part of the city with its natural and architectural contrasts. The tour includes the Church of Bonfim, the São Joaquim Market and the Lacerda Elevator.

Included: Accommodation with breakfast + Visits mentioned (private group) 

Stops: Salvador

Day 03

Tour in Praia do Forte (close to Salvador)
Visits in Praia do Forte:
Praia do Forte: the Tamar Project – one of the most visited centers of the world, due to his biodiversity. In an area of 10.000 square meters, you can see 4 of 5 species of sea turtles in different stages of the life cycle.

Included: Accommodation with breakfast + Visits mentioned (private group) 

Stops: Salvador, Praia do Forte

Day 04

From Salvador to the Chapada Diamantina
Morning: transfer to Salvador’s Bus Station.
Transfer, by bus, to the city of Lençóis.
Reception at the Lençóis’s Bus Station and transfer to the Hotel.
Visit of the city and of Serrano: discovery of the charming city of Lençóis that extends into the first walls of the mountain, the National Park boundary. Visit the natural pools of the Serrano River and the coloured sands.

Included: Accommodation with breakfast + Transfer (private group) hotel in Salvador > Bus Station, Bus Station > Hotel in Lençóis + Transfer by Bus to Lençóis + Visits mentioned (private group)

Stops: Salvador, Lençóis (Chapada Diamantina)

Day 05

Visits at the Chapada Diamantina
Visit of the Pantanal Marimbús and Roncador River: departure of Lençóis in 4×4 towards “Vila Remanso”; there, board on to a boat to row down the river Santo Antonio and cross over the Marimbús, the “Pantanal” of the Chapada, natural habitat of several species of birds. Then, short walk to the river and bath in the “Roncador” ’s natural swimming pools.

Included: Accommodation with breakfast + Visits mentioned (private group) + 01 picnic + All entries fees 

Stops: Lençóis (Chapada Diamantina)

Day 06

Chapada Diamantina

Visits of “Lapa Doce”, “Poço do Diabo”, “Orquidário” and “Pai Inácio”.

Included: Accommodation with breakfast + Visits mentioned (private group) + Lunch + All entries fee

Stops: Lençóis (Chapada Diamantina)

Day 07

Visits of Chapada Diamantina
Visits of the “Cachoeira da Fumaça” and “Riachinho”: the spectacular “Waterfall of Smoke”, the largest waterfall of Brazil, located near the Mystic “Vale do Capão”. 4 hours of average difficulty hike on the highest plateaus allow discovering the beauty of the great wild spaces, insectivorous plants and the magnificent “Cachoeira da Fumaça” (Waterfall of Smoke).
Picnic on the edge of the river and observation of the local wildlife.
Waterfall bath in the river of Riachinho.              

Included: Accommodation with breakfast + Visits mentioned (private group) + 01 picnic + Entries fees

Stops: Vale do Capão (Chapada Diamantina)

Day 08

Back to Salvador
Transfer back to Salvador.
Reception at the Salvador’s Bus Station and private transfer to the Hotel.

Included: Accommodation with breakfast + Transfers hotel in Vale do Capão > Bus Station of Palmeiras ; Bus Station of Salvador > Hotel + Transfer by bus to Salvador 

Stops: Vale do Capão (Chapada Diamantina), Salvador

Day 09

From Salvador to São Luís
At the scheduled time, private transfer to the airport.
Flight to São Luis.
Reception at the airport and private transfer to the Hotel.

Included: Accommodation with breakfast + Transfers (private group) hotel > airport > hotel + Flight Salvador > São Luis 

Stops: Salvador, São Luís

Day 10

Visits of São Luís and departure to Barreirinhas
In the morning, visits of São Luis:
Walk through the Center: private walking tour through the historical centre of São Luis. Through the streets of the old part of the city, old houses from the 18th and 19th centuries show the legacy of Portuguese colonial.
In the afternoon, private transfer to Barreirinhas, gateway of the “Lençóis Maranhenses”.

Included: Accommodation with breakfast + Visits mentioned (private group) + Transfer (private group) São Luis > Barreirinhas   

Stops: São Luís, Barreirinhas (Lençóis Maranhenses)

Day 11

Visits of the Lençóis Maranhenses
Day of sightseeing of the “Lençóis Maranhenses”:
One of the most beautiful natural parks of Brazil and one of the most beautiful destinations in the country, with an unique and surreal landscape. This paradise is formed by several kilometers of sand dunes cut by hundreds of crystal clear water ponds full of fish and small crustaceans.
Lençóis Maranhenses National Park – Lagoa Bonita (Beautiful Pond): in 4×4, transfer to the foot of the dunes. Then, short walk to the “Lagoa Bonita” to observe the magnificent landscape and enjoy a relaxing bath in the pond.

 


Included: Accommodation with breakfast + Visits mentioned (private group)

Stops: Barreirinhas (Lençóis Maranhenses)

Day 12

Visit of the « Rio Preguiças »
Day of sightseeing of the « Rio Preguiças » (Lazy River) and region:
« Rio Preguiças » in « voadeira » (small boat): board into a small motorboat to go through the “Rio Preguiças” up until the ocean. The landscape begins by a large mangrove forest on both sides of the River, to then give way to the dunes. Between these two scenarios, the diversity of vegetation can be admired up close. Three stops are planned along the way. The first on “Vassouras”, the second in “Mandacaru”, then and finally in “Caburé”, where you can enjoy the landscapes and practice some activities such as ATV and stand up paddle.

Included: Accommodation with breakfast + Visits mentioned (private group)

Stops: Barreirinhas (Lençóis Maranhenses)

Day 13

From Barreirinhas to Parnaíba
Private transfer in 4×4 of Barreirinhas until Tutóia by the beach and dunes, passing by Paulino Neves. In the port of Tutóia, boarding on a small motorboat across the Delta of Parnaíba.
Formed by 85 islands in an area of 2700km², the “Delta das Américas”, is rare phenomenon of nature also found in Africa and Asia.


Included: Accommodation with breakfast + Transfer (private group) Barreirinhas > Parnaíba 

Stops: Barreirinhas, Tutóia, Parnaíba

Day 14

Departure to Jericoacoara
Private transfer in 4×4 to Jericoacoara.

Included: Accommodation with breakfast + Transfer (private group) Parnaíba > Jericoacoara 

Stops: Parnaíba, Jericoacoara

Days 15 to 17

Days off in Jericoacoara
Jericoacoara, considered one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world, although its reputation travelled the world, managed to remain as a small fishing village with its small streets with no public lighting. This destination, 300 km from Fortaleza, remains untouchable thanks to two factors: the poor access and the transformation of the region in an area of environmental preservation.
What to do: buggy in the dunes; visits of the “Lagoa Azul” (Blue Lagoon) and “Lagoa do Paraíso” (Paradise Lagoon).

Included: Accommodation with brreakfast

Stops:Jericoacoara

Day 18

Jericoacoara – Departure
At the scheduled time, private transfer to the airport of Fortaleza for your international flight.

Included: Breakfast + Transfer (private group) hotel > airport

Stops: Jericoacoara, Fortaleza – Departure

General Info

INCLUDED
– 17 nights of accommodation in Hotels and/or Pousadas, including breakfast, based on double occupancy.
– All domestic flights + airport fees.
– All transfers, in private (except to Lençóis – bus).
– Visits mentioned in the itinerary, in private.
– All entrance fees for the tours listed in the itinerary.

NOT INCLUDED
– Flights from your city of origin (consult us).
– Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary.
– Tip and personal expenses.
– Travel Insurance (consult us).