Northeast 4x4 Adventures
The Sao Luis to Fortaleza (or reverse) 4x4 Adventure will take you away from the crowds to the wonderful beaches along the northern coast of Brazil. São Luis, Lençóis Maranhenses, Delta do Parnaiba, Jericoacoara and Fortaleza are some of the legendary places you will visit. The zone is still little known by tourists and has a remarkable beauty and also an astounding peace. It is called the Route of Emotions
Sao Luis to Fortaleza 4x4 -
Fortaleza to Natal
DAY 1 – Origin – São Luis de Maranhao
Airport arrival at São Luis de Maranhao, the capital of the state of Maranhao, and transfer to the pousada, located in the historic city center and declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site for its magnificent colonial architecture. Accommodation.
DAY 2 –São Luis – Barreirinhas (B)
In the morning we will leave for Barreirinhas, making one stop along the way in Rosário or Morros. A local guide will be waiting to take us on a tour through the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park on a Toyota four-wheel drive vehicle. Return to Barreirinhas. Accommodation.
DAY 3 – Lençóis Maranhenses –Parnaiba (B)
After breakfast, we will leave on a speedboat along the Rio Preguiças, passing by the APA – Environmental Protection Area of the Pequeños Lençóis and the towns of Mandacaru (Farol Preguiças) and Caburé. Then we will travel over the magnificent dunes known as the small Lençóis Maranhenses and then by road to the city of Parnaiba. The beauty of the Parnaíba Delta is enhanced by flocks of herons, toucans, yellow-crawed alligators, monkeys, wild horses, lion monkeys, foxes and deer. Accommodation.
DAY 4 –Parnaiba – Jericoacoara (B)
We will leave in the morning from Parnaíba to Jericoacoara on a four-wheel drive, most of the time travelling on a paved road. The journey will continue through a landscape of dunes until we finally arrive to Jericoacoara, which has the most amazing sunset of northeastern Brazil and beautiful beaches surrounded by dunes. Jeri is a place removed from the hurried modern world of screeching sirens, maniac deadlines, traffic jams and endless lineups. A place where streets are paved with sand, where beaches stretch as far as the eye can see and where warm water marries with palm swaying breezes. The trip ends at our accommodation lodge. Accommodation.
DAY 5 – Jericoacoara (B)
Free day to explore this forgotten town of the Northeast
where the rhythm of life changes and the unique landscape will dazzle the visitor. In the midst of sand dunes and lush vegetation, we will be able to take part in many optional activities like horseback riding, yoga classes, surfing or trips on four-wheel drive veh icles over the surrounding beaches such as Tajatuba. Above all, we will enjoy the peace and authenticity of this location. Accommodation.
DAY 6 – Jericoacoara – Fortaleza – Destination (B)
In the morning, transfer on a four-wheel drive vehicle over dunes and roads to the airport of Fortaleza for departure to your next destination.
2017 Price per person in US$ (min. of 2 people):
For the following dates, hotel prices are ON REQUEST: New Year's Eve (Dec 31 to Jan 03), Carnival (Feb 24 to Mar 01), Easter Holidays (Apr 13 to 16), Tiradentes (Apr 20 to 23), Worker's Day (Apr 28 to May 02), Corpus (Jun 15 to 18), Independence (Sep 07 to 10), Aparecida (Oct 12 to 15), All Souls (Nov 02 to 05), Republic Proclamation Day (Nov 12 to 19) and Christmas (Dec 20 to 26).
What to bring?
Throughout the trip travelers will wear short pants, swimsuit/bikini, hardly long pants.Sunscreen and sunglasses are essential for this trip. If they use contact lenses, we suggest bringing glasses for buggy rides, because wind can cause discomfort.
Best travel period?
They can travel throughout the year. Between January and April the weather is unstable, from December to March is the hottest period, and from October to December it's windier and there is less tourism. The period of June and July is when São João festivity takes place in the region, there is less accommodation availability, but there are many folk festivals on weekends.
DAY 1 – Origin – Fortaleza
Airport arrival at Fortaleza and transfer directly to the accommodation place. The hotel is located in the center of the city near Playa de Iracema, ideal for nightlife, and Playa de Meireles, known for its local handcrafts.
DAY 2 – Fortaleza – Canoa Quebrada (B)
After breakfast, we leave Fortaleza in a buggy to ride across the northeastern beaches. From the hotel we go to the coastal town of Canoa Quebrada, travelling across the beaches and dunes of Ceará. At night we
will be able to take a stroll along Broadway, the animated street full of bars and restaurants. Accommodation.
DAY 3 – Canoa Quebrada – Galinhos (B)
After breakfast, we travel into a territory of great natural beauty, with deserted beaches, red cliffs, extensive coconut groves, rock formations and small fishing villages. We will pass through Tibau, Grossos and the spectacular Areia Branca. Crossing the Mossoró River, we arrive to the dunesof São Cristovão. From there, we will drive to Ponta do Mel beach, passing through the Puerto do Mangue, and we continue to Galinhos, where we stop for the night.
DAY 4 – Galinhos – São Miguel do Gostoso (B)
After breakfast, we will ride in a buggy across various beaches arriving at Caiçara, a city lodged between the sea and the dunes. Afterwards, we continue along the trails in order to see the “caatinga,” the typical vegetation of the Brazilian “sertâo” (interior) until we arrive at Praia do Marco. From there, we go on to the semi-deserted São Miguel do Gostoso, where we stop for the night.
DAY 5 – São Miguel do Gostoso – Natal (B)
We leave São Miguel do Gostoso, driving across Praia das Garças and Praia de Touros with its huge 63 meters high lighthouse. Then we will go along an extensive stretch of beaches bordered by coconut trees, arriving finally at Maxaranguape. From there, we cross the dunes to the beach of Jacum where we will have the chance to practice aerobunda, and visit Redinha and Genipabú, some of the best known beaches of Brazil. Finally we arrive to Natal and settle into our accommodation place located in the area of Ponta Negra.
DAY 6 – Natal – Destination (B)
Transfer to the airport of Natal for departure to our next destination
2016 Price per person double occupancy in US$:
For the holiday dates below, please consult price:
New Year's Eve (30 Dec to 3 Jan), Carnival (5 to 10 Feb), Easter Holidays (24 to 27 Mar), Tiradentes (21 to 24 Apr), Worker's Day (29 Apr to 1 May), Corpus (25 to 29 May), Independence (2 to 7 Sep), Aparecida (7 to 12 Oct), All Souls (28 Oct to 2 Nov), Republic Proclamation Day (11 to 15 Nov) and Christmas (20 to 31 Dec).
· 5 night accommodation with breakfast:
- Fortaleza: Hotel Ponta Mar (www.pontamar.com.br) or similar
- Canoa Quebrada: Pousada Aruanã (www.pousadaaruana.com.br) or similar
- Galinhos: Pousada Peixe Galo (www.pousadapeixegalo.com.br) or similar
- São Miguel: Pousada dos Ponteiros (www.pousadadosponteiros.com.br) or similar
- Natal: Serantes Hotel (www.seranteshotel.com.br) or similar
· Included visits and transfers:
- Ride in private buggy (2 people per buggy) along the Northeast with driver/ guide for 4 days.
- Private transfer IN FOR + OUT NAT with guide.
· 24 hr support guide (telephone)
· Air transport and airport taxes
· Optional Excursions
· Meals not specified in the section “Included”
· Drinks, tips and personal extras
· Anything not mentioned as included
"we are back home sound and safe and we would like to let you know that we had blast fun during our trip in Brasil. Everything worked as expected and we enjoyed very much all the places we were taken to.
Thanks for helping out and answering to all our questions during the planning phase of the trip." Julia