Lençóis - North x South
June 2017, 16 to 21
Trilha a Pé have the pleasure of inviting all of our clients and partners to participate in an incredible adventure! On June 9 we will set off for an expedition of 6 days crossing the magnificent dunes of Lençóis Maranhenses from north to south. It will be a wonderful opportunity to visit this miraculous and rarely explored Brazilian phenomenon, considered by many as one of the most beautiful places in the world.
The National Park of Lençóis Maranhenses is an ecological paradise of sand dunes, crystalline lagoons, rivers and mangroves, covering 155,000 hectares. A rare geological phenomenon, formed over thousands of years by the action of nature. The stunning landscapes amid the immensity of sand dunes make it totally unique in the world. In the high season, after the rainy period, a unique and spectacular landscape is formed across the entire area as crystalline lagoons of different depths and colours are left between the enormous dunes.
Don’t miss this opportunity to join the adventure with Trilha a Pé on our expedition “North to South of Lençóis Maranhenses”
SINGLE INSTALLMENT: You make a bank transfer R$1.580,00
Obs: Payment can be done in check or bank deposit
6X INSTALLMENT: First payment R$450,00 + 6 payments R$238,00
Obs: Payment can be done in check or bank deposit
PAG SEGURO: R$ 1.878,00. This price can be paid in up to 12 installments, according to Pag Seguro´s taxes and policy
Carefully read all the details of the expedition´s description! Give special attention to what exactly is included in the price you are paying. Prices may change anytime, according to market variations.
In case of cancellation of the passenger´s decision, Trilha a Pé will follow the refund policy in accordance with EMBRATUR Legislative Deliberation #161 form August, 9th 1985. They are:
Cancellation up to 30 days before the trip: 70% refund of total price - participation taxes and reservation costs - non reimbursable expenses (tickets, hotel reservations…)
Cancellation between 29-21 days before the trip: 60% refund of total price - participation taxes and reservation costs - non reimbursable expenses (tickets, hotel reservations…)
Cancellation between 20-7 days before the trip: 40% refund of total price - participation taxes and reservation costs - non reimbursable expenses (tickets, hotel reservations…)
Cancellation less than 7 days before the trip: no devolution of any participation taxes or reservation costs
IMPORTANT! Once Trilha a Pé confirms reservations, the passenger will be charged 10% fee of the total price in case of cancellation.
➙ DAY 1 (JUNE 16): RIO DE JANEIRO - SÃO LUIZ
Night departure for São Luiz
Before boarding in Rio we will equally hand out our food and kitchen items among all participants. Each kit weighs about 1,5kg. So you should leave some free space in you backpack to better allocate them
➙ DAY 2 (JUNE 17): SÃO LUIZ – BARREIRINHAS – ATINS – CANTO DE ATINS
In São Luiz as the dawn is breaking, transfer from the airport to Barreirinhas (approximately 265 kms). On arrival in Barreirinhas, we set off on a speed boat in the direction of Atins a welcoming fishing village. The journey along Rio Preguiças will take around 1.5hrs. If we have time we will stop at the lighthouse in Mandacaru, for a preview of the incredible beauty of Lençóis Maranhenses. From Atins we walk along the coast for around 2 hours towards Canto do Atins, a tiny settlement, where we will stay in the house of Dona Luzia.
Dinner at the end of the day. An indescribable experience, where we will try traditional grilled prawns accompanied by delicious home cooked food, prepared by the famous “Dona Luzia”. In addition to fascinating conversation with Dona Luiza about the peculiarities of life in such extreme isolation, the prawns are simply sensational!
➙ DAY 3 (JUNE 18): LENÇÓIS MARANHENSES
Wake up at 5:40am. At 7.30am we start walking to the interior of Lençóis Maranhenses. At the beginning of our trek, we walk among the vegetation of the low coastal dunes to the border of the national park where we will see the incredible dunes appearing and lose sight of the Atlantic Ocean.
Along the way we will cross dunes and lagoons of differing sizes. Where golden sands contrast against the stunning waters of many different colours, vary from emerald green to deep blue. During the walk we will make various stops to bathe and relax.
In the afternoon we will set up our camp close to a beautiful lagoon, where we can appreciate the sunset and bathe in the refreshing water.
Simple breakfast at Dona Luiza’s
Communal camp dinner (pasta dish)
➙ DAY 4 (JUNE 19): LENÇÓIS MARANHENSES
Wake up at 5:40am. After breakfast we start another day trekking, enjoying many lagoons and appreciating the incredible enormous dunes found in the centre of Lençóis Maranhenses, that can reach 40m high. Under the sun, moon or starry sky, three distinctive moments in the same place, the experience is a mix of perplexity for the exuberance of natural beauty and a clear sense of the human dimension in this grand scenario.
Communal camp dinner (Rice with salami or sausage and potato sticks)
➙ DAY 5 (JUNE 20): LENÇÓIS MARANHENSES – BARREIRINHAS – SÃO LUIZ
Wake up at 5:40am. After breakfast, we will walk towards the exit of dos Lençóis Maranhenses. At this point we will enjoy our final refreshing bath in a splendid lagoon. Here our transfer will meet us and takes us to the town of Barreirinhas. In Barreirinhas we will have lunch and travel back to São Luiz. After the check-in at our hostel in São Luiz, we will have a night out to swap stories about or trip. Free night.
Overnight in hostel located in the historical centre of São Luiz.
➙ DAY 6 (JUNE 21): SÃO LUIZ – RIO DE JANEIRO
Wake up at 1am. we will get taxis (not included) to the airport. Depart for Rio de Janeiro.
POINTS OF INTEREST:
In this expedition you will have the chance to…
- Hike and have a great time in one of the most impressive natural beauties in the world: Lençóis Maranhenses
- Climb up and down the giant sand dunes
- Enjoy a boat trip on the Rio Preguiças (Lazy River), with a stop at the ‘Farol do Rio Preguiças’ lighthouse (time permitting)
- Appreciate the isolated beauty of Canto do Atins, tasting the famous grilled prawns prepared by ”Dona Luzia”
- Discover the coast and its beaches on the edge of Lençóis Maranhenses.
- See the intensity of the starry sky without the interference of any light pollution
Observations: The schedule can be altered due to climatic factors, difficult access or any other reason that may jeopardize the participants’ security. All lagoons are formed during the rainy period that proceeds the high season. However, if there is a dry period in the region of the National Park before our trip, the number of lagoons and their water levels can be hampered. Trilha a Pé DOES NOT assure that the lagoons will be fully filled by the expedition’s date.
➙ Bus transfer São Luiz – Barreirinhas
➙ Transfer by speedboat Barreirinhas – Atins
➙ Overnight in a hammock in Canto do Atins. NB: the place has 4 bedrooms with a Double bed, preference will go to the first reservations confirmed with payment.
➙ 1 x Dinner in Canto de Atins – Grilled prawns with salad, Rice and beans.
➙ 1 x Breakfast (Canto do Atins) . NB: A simple breakfast in Canto de Atins.
➙ 2x Camp dinners (risotto or spaghetti)
➙ Transfer Lençóis – Barreirinhas in 4x4 vehicle
➙ Transfer Barreirinhas – São Luiz
➙ Hotel accommodation in the city of São Luiz
➙ Tourist guides registered by Ministério do Turismo (Brazil) with mountaineering, first aid and rescue expertise
➙ All of the necessary equipment for the activity (first aid kit, GPS, repellent, etc)
➙ Activities planning and logistics
➙ Equipment for collective usage
➙ Sport bag
➙ Airplane tickets: Rio – São Luis – Rio
➙ Personal expenses (telephone calls, meals not described - pack lunch, camp breakfast, drinks etc...)
➙ Taxi transfer from hostel to São Luis Airport
➙ 4 x Breakfast whilst camping
➙ Pack lunches or snacks
➙ Dinner in São Luiz
➙ Excursions not described in the itinerary
➙ Personal equipment eg. (plate, cutlery, cup, sleeping bag, thermal mat, tent, etc)
ESSENTIAL INDIVIDUAL EQUIPMENT:
➙ Backpack at least 60 litres in size
➙ Waterproof cover for backpack
➙ Sleeping bag (optional)
➙ Thermal Mat
➙ Tent (possibly shared?)
➙ Flashlight (preferably a headlight)
➙ Reserve batteries for the flashlight
➙ Sun protection
➙ Cap or hat
➙ Water vessel, easily accessible (eg: camelback or 1 litre bottle) NB: In Barreirinhas we can buy 2l plastic bottles of water
➙ Plate, knife, fork, spoon and cup
➙ Documents (copy of passport and travel insurance)
➙ Personal hygiene items (eg. Wet wipes!)
➙ Plastic garbage bags
➙ A dry bag for your clothes
➙ Personal toiletry kits
➙ Water purifying pills (e.g: Clorin)
IMPORTANT: The less weight the more comfortable for you
SUGGESTED INDIVIDUAL EQUIPMENT:
➙ Personal medicines (eg. Anti-allergy etc)
➙ Walking sandals
➙ 1 pair of comfortable shoes
➙ 1 raincoat / wind breaker
➙ 1 hiking trousers
➙ 1 shorts / bermudas
➙ 1 sweatshirt
➙ 2 t-shirts (long or short sleeve)
➙ Swimsuit / bikini/ or shorts
➙ Small towel
➙ Extra set of clothes for the return journey
SUGGESTED PACK LUNCH / SNACK / BREAKFAST:
Attention: This suggestion is for food at for camp breakfasts and during the time actually trekking and is not included in the package.
➙ Polenguinho (processed and pre-wrapped cheese)
➙ Cereal bars
➙ Protein bars
➙ Carbohydrate supplements
➙ Isotonic / rehydration sachets
➙ Instant coffee
➙ Powdered milk
➙ Sugar or sweeteners in sachets
➙ Bread – pitta bread or pre-packed bread rolls
➙ Dried fruit
➙ Salted nuts
➙ Gelatine sweets
➙ LEVEL: Moderate. Walking on dunes and sand requires a certain level of fitness
➙ MINIMUM AGE: 14
➙ DATE: June 2017, 16 to 21
*EVERY DAY AVAILABILITY TOURS. FOR PRIVATE AND PERSONALIZED TOURS, GET IN TOUCH
➙ TRACK DISTANCE: 40km
➙ NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 6 -20 people
➙ KITS DISTRIBUTION: Before boarding in Rio we will equally hand out our food and kitchen items among all participants. Each kit weighs about 1,5kg. So you should leave some free space in you backpack to better allocate them
➙ PRE-TREK LOGISTICS MEETING (attendance mandatory):
Attendance is essential - the guide will inform the group all of the trek logistics and confirm all details of the equipment check-list
➙ PARTICIPANTS REQUIREMENTS:
It is better for the trekkers to….
- Be healthy and fit
- Have previous experience in moderate or hard trekking
- Have all needed equipment listed in our check list
- Fill in the registration form and sign a term of responsibility
- Respect and follow all safety regulations
- Sign the service rendering contract
- know how to swim or use a life jacket to cross deeper lagoons