17 days in State of Maranhao Itinerary

17 days in State of Maranhao Itinerary

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Sao Luis
— 5 nights
Drive
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Barreirinhas
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tutoia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Alcantara
— 4 nights
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Sao Luis — 5 nights

City of Tiles

Located on the island of Ilha Upaon-Acu, state capital Sao Luis represents the largest city in Maranhao.
Centro Historico de Sao Luis and Igreja da Se are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Calhau Beach and Meio Beach for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Fronhas maranhence (in Raposa) and Sao Jose de Ribamar (Banho Beach & Panaquatira Beach). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lagoa da Jansen, kick back and relax at Aracagi Beach, steep yourself in history at Palacio dos Leoes, and stroll through Praia Sao Marcos.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sao Luis online route maker.

Sao Paulo to Sao Luis is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sao Paulo in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Sao Luis: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Barreirinhas.
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Barreirinhas — 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Pequenos Lencois Maranhense and Lencois Beach. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Preguicas, pedal to the sights with Espirito de Aventura, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and enjoy the sea views from Preguicas (Mandacaru) Lighthouse.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Barreirinhas trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Sao Luis to Barreirinhas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Barreirinhas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tutoia.
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Tutoia — 3 nights

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. On the 18th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Arpoador Beach and then kick back and relax at Barra Beach. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pequenos Lencois Beach and then kick back and relax at Amor Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Tutoia holiday planner.

You can drive from Barreirinhas to Tutoia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Tutoia are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. On the 20th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Alcantara.
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Alcantara — 4 nights

Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Itatinga Beach and Ilha do Livramento Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Matriz square and Pelourinho.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Alcantara trip maker website.

You can drive from Tutoia to Alcantara in 7.5 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Tutoia, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Alcantara, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.
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State of Maranhao travel guide

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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.
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