Travel to Marañao – Brazil North East (October 2010)

São Luís

Parque Nacional de los Lençóis Maranhenses
Rally dos Vientos Red Bull


Video from Fabio Pastorello blog,


Video from Fabio Pastorello, see below link to his blog (the best blog to collect information and video about Brazil and more!!)


Map link with my places,-42.4421742,284323m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!6m1!1sz4TOarGII1Cg.ksh5quRhfKDI

What to do/place to see:

São Luís: In 1997 the city’s historical center was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The late 17th-century core of this historic town, founded by the French and occupied by the Dutch before coming under Portuguese rule, has preserved the original rectangular street plan in its entirety. Thanks to a period of economic stagnation in the early 20th century, an exceptional number of fine historic buildings have survived, making this an outstanding example of an Iberian colonial town.Starting in 1989 there has been an extensive program to restore and renovate the colonial era buildings of the city’s historical center. The Bumba Meu Boi is a popular farce which takes its form as a grand musical pantomime. Practice is a public affair and begins directly after Easter reaching its climax in June when literally hundreds of groups perform on a nightly basis for popular acclaim.

Lençóis Maranhenses National Park : Composed of large, white, sweeping dunes, at first glance Lençóis Maranhenses looks like an archetypal desert. In fact it isn’t actually a desert. Lying just outside the Amazon Basin, the region is subject to a regular rain season during the beginning of the year. The rains cause a peculiar phenomenon: fresh water collects in the valleys between sand dunes, spotting the desert with blue and green lagoons that reach their fullest between July and September.

See below a blog from Patricia Camargo with a lot of informations (in portogues) about many places to visit in Maranhao

Cabure’: This is a secret places, no touristic, located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Preguicas river, there are some small “pousadas” and fishing huts located on a sand bar. It is not easy to get there (by boat from Barreirinhas) and once there, you have to adapt to the rules of the place: no electricity after 10 pm!. So you will love to place if you are looking for a remote place, silence, peace and beaches. In front of Cabure’, on the other site of Preguica river you will find Mandacarú, a very little village with a nice bar on the river to drink some refreshing caipiriña.

See below a spanish blog from Tony Galvez with tips about Cabure’

Destinos: Caburé

Atins: as written in the blog “”

Atins is a place of pure tranquility and simple life bliss.
In Atins you won’t find streets or any conventional pavement; here life sets place in a large sand pit. Mobile phone and Internet connectivity are limited, electricity has only been here for a few years and credit cards are yet to be seen.
Removed from the hurried world of civilisation, Atins offers endless dunes, sandy beaches as far as the eye can see, warm shallow waters, swaying palm trees and a constant, soothing sea breeze.”

Parnaiba Delta/Caju Island: 


When to go:

The best period to see the lagoons in Lencois Maranhenses is from the mid/end of July (end of rainy seasons in Maranhão) until mid of september. After that period lagoons start to disappear. I went in the mid of October and there was only one lagoon still with enough water to swim. In general the calendar is divided into the rainy season, from November-December to April-May, and the “dry” season comprised of the rest of the year when there is less rainfall

Where to go:




Barra Grande:




How to go:

My suggestion is always to use local agency to get support for your travel. In this case a found a brazilian travel company called “Brazil Planet Turismo”, they are based on Sao Luis, they are specialized in the Northeast of Brazil but they offer also some other destinations, my experience with them was very good, nice people, professional, they can personalize your travel.

Here you can find their link:

Blog to collect information:


One thought on “Travel to Marañao – Brazil North East (October 2010)

  1. Hello Luca. Love your pics, congrats. It is a great iniative to share and I am quite glad you liked and share my video. Hope you come back soon and don’t hesitate do get in touch if you need some help ou information. 🙂


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