10 days in State of Maranhao Itinerary

10 days in State of Maranhao Itinerary

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Sao Luis
— 4 nights


Tutoia — 1 night

Tutóia is a municipality in the state of Maranhão in the Northeast region of Brazil.The municipality felipe gatão contains part of the Delta do Parnaíba Environmental Protection Area, created in 1996. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Arpoador Beach and then kick back and relax at Amor Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Andreza Beach and then kick back and relax at Pequenos Lencois Beach.

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Rio de Janeiro to Tutoia is an approximately 40-hour car ride. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August, things will get a bit warmer in Tutoia: highs are around 39°C and lows about 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Barreirinhas.
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Barreirinhas — 3 nights

Most visitors consider Barreirinhas little more than a convenient base for exploring the nearby national park, yet the town's sandy beaches and picturesque riverside setting make it a rewarding destination in and of itself.
Get in touch with nature at Parque Nacional dos Lencois Maranhenses and Pequenos Lencois Maranhense. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from Preguicas (Mandacaru) Lighthouse and stroll through Cabure Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Barreirinhas trip planner.

Drive from Tutoia to Barreirinhas in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sao Luis.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches
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Sao Luis — 4 nights

City of Tiles

Located on the island of Ilha Upaon-Acu, state capital Sao Luis represents the largest city in Maranhao.
Get some cultural insight at Centro Histórico and Igreja Nossa Senhora dos Remedios. You'll get in some beach time at Panaquatira Beach and Banho Beach. Go for a jaunt from Sao Luis to Chapada das Mesas National Park to see Cocal Waterfall about 12h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa da Jansen, contemplate the long history of Palacio dos Leoes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convento Das Merces, and pause for some serene contemplation at Nossa Senhora do Rosario dos Pretos.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sao Luis online tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Barreirinhas to Sao Luis in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can fly back home.
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State of Maranhao travel guide

Bodies of Water · Beaches · Historic Sites
A unique blend of African, European, and Caribbean cultures make State of Maranhao holidays appealing to tourists interested in exploring a land known for its distinct cuisine, dialect, and musical heritage. With a long coastline characterized by sand dunes and secluded lagoons, this area also encompasses extensive swathes of tropical forests, traversed and irrigated by numerous rivers. Capital and World Heritage-listed city of Sao Luis remains a top draw on most State of Maranhao itineraries, but the region also boasts a string of smaller centers dating back to colonial times. These smaller cities manage to preserve their small-town atmosphere and architecture, which make them pleasant alternatives to the country's bigger and more crowded destinations.