The ‘off the beaten track’ tour from Ceará to Maranhão

Embark on a Brazilian adventure and spend a fun and authentic time in an enchanting region that is still unknown to most tourists !

This tour in the North East has 6 stages along the coast of Ceará, from Piauí to Maranhão, you will set off on an expedition with in total comfort to discover some totally preserved natural wonders! This exotic tour offers an alternative to the classic ones found for Brazil. With this tour from Fortaleza to São Luís, you will encounter the traditional life of the Nordeste, its inhabitants whose lives continue unchanged and where the landscapes are still untouched and wild.

Your north – eastern adventure will start by driving along 10kms of practically deserted beaches of Ceará, at the wheel of your own buggy, or in a 4X4. As a couple, a family or with friends, discover the unbelievable treasures of this beautiful region where the sun shines all year round.

This is the ideal way to get to and discover the enchanting fishing villages of Guajiru and Jericoacoara, the two first stages of your vacation. It’s as close as you can get to the fabulous Ceará coastline with the waves lapping only a few feet from your wheels and as far as the can see. This tour will leave you free to discover the unique scenery of giant sand dunes, some of them covered with small native shrubs, beaches and cliffs, interrupted from time to time by the mouth of a river or a vast lagoon. To enjoy the freedom of the present moment to the full you will be  totally free in these vast deserted coastal landscapes and can explore without constraint. Your guide will stop where you wish to take photos, admire the view or swim in the 27°C ocean . You can also have an ice cold drink of coconut water right from the fresh coconut in one of the beach restaurants near the villages and also feast on the daily catch of the region. It is also an occasion to meet the locals with their traditions and culture and to discover the unique way of life that has hardly changed in decades, on the North Eastern coast of Brazil.

This tour continues on to the gates of Amazonia at Sáo Luís, where you will take in the full extent of the beauty and diversity of the North Eastern countryside. There are giant dunes with fresh water lakes hiding amongst them. Dense mangroves teeming with red ibis and caimans in the Delta das Americás and on the banks of the Rio Preguiças. This is exactly what you will see on the way between Jericoacoara, Parnaíba and Barreirinhas ! Not to mention the incredible desert of immaculate dunes, the Lençois do Maranhão, dotted with crystal clear lagoons after each rainy season !

To top this tour off in style, you will learn a little regional history with the largest concentration of Portuguese colonial architecture in the world in São Luís. Classified as a UNESCO World heritage site since 1997. A whole district is continually being renovated and a guided tour will throw you back a few centuries to when the town was rich, prosperous and the intellectual capital of Brazil !

This is an authentic tour, well balanced between the discovery of an exceptional and unique environment, the rich regional history and the preserved and little known regional way of life with all its traditions. An amazing adventure off the beaten track!

On the Fortaleza to São Luís Tour
visit:

The small fishing village of Guajiru
Jericoacoara, the treasure of the Northeast
The Parnaíba delta
The Lençóis desert of sand and water
The colonial São Luís

Map showing North East coast of Brazil.

Fortaleza / São Luis – Itinerary at a glance

Day 1 : FORTALEZA / IN
Private transfer to the hotel in Fortaleza

Day 2 : FORTALEZA / GUAJIRU
Private transfer from Fortaleza to Guajiru by 4X4

Day 3 : GUAJIRU / JERICOACOARA
Private transfer from Guajiru to Jericoacoara by 4X4

Day 4 : JERICOACOARA
Free day

Day 5 : JERICOACOARA / PARNAIBA
Private transfer by 4×4 to Parnaíba with stop at the Tatajuba lagoon

Day 6 : PARNAIBA / BARREIRINHAS
Private transfer to the port of Tatus and motor boat ride in the Parnaíba delta (3hrs) then transfer by 4X4 to Cabure, ride up the river Preguiças in a private motor canoe to Barreirinhas

Day 7 : BARREIRINHAS / SÃO LUÍS
Private excursion in a 4X4 vehicle to the Lençois Maranhenses (4hrs) and private transfer by car to São Luís

Day 8 : TRANSFER OUT
Private visit with a guide of São Luís and airport transfer.

Adventure awaits you on the paradise beaches north of Fortaleza!

Fine sandy beaches and the turquoise Atlantic Ocean will greet you as soon as you set off from Fortaleza on an adventure into the immense and wild yet pleasantly calm landscapes of this region.

At the wheel of your buggy or comfortably seated in a 4×4 with a driver, you will explore at your own pace, the preserved landscapes that spread out as far as the eye can see. Every now and then you will come across a small fishing village nestled in the dunes and lost in time. With a few cobbled streets and coloured huts and their jangadas (local fishing boats) with big white sails, these fascinating villages will help you realise a totally different life style to your own.

After a day driving along the immense beaches, your first stop coming from Fortaleza will be Guajiru, a small paradise and authentic masterpiece where time seems to have slowed down. The typical architecture of its low houses and the sandy streets between them, are an invitation to wander and explore the village to see the daily life of the inhabitants. At nightfall, the small square comes alive and you can enjoy watching the unchanged life of this little haven. An ideal setting to try the national cocktail “caipirinha”, a homemade fruit juice or one of the many refreshing local beers.

Jericoacoara, a magic destination surrounded by giant dunes, lagoons and the Atlantic Ocean.

Your second stage is Jericoacoara, the most emblematic destination on this coast which you will arrive at after your second day of driving along the coastline. Classified by the Washington Post as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, here you will find the same authentic and relaxed atmosphere but also a more elaborate tourist infrastructure with a larger range of shops, handicrafts and restaurants. Located 300km from Fortaleza, this little piece of true paradise is one of the highlights of the region. Although it remains quite remote, people come from all over the world to enjoy its exceptional settings.

The inhabitabts of “Jeri” have managed to perform the extremely difficult task of opening up to tourism whilst still conserving their unique atmosphere and rustic charm. More than 30 years after the first visitors came, the village is still only accessible to all terrain vehicles as it’s protected by enormous sand dunes. No road serves the small cove that protects the village from the sea currents, and there are barely a few sandy tracks traced by the comings and goings of the locals. This is the key to the magic of this fishing village, isolated from the rest of the world.

There are lots of activities in “Jeri”: the ocean is of course the main attraction, hosting all kinds of water sports. Kite-surf, surf, windsurfing and stand-up paddling. From beginners to the most experienced surfers, there is something for everyone. For those who prefer dry land, there is walking, buggy rides, horseback riding or quad bikes in the National Park. Don´t miss out on the vast freshwater lagoons where you can relax in hammocks suspended in beautifully warm waters! Everyday of your stay in this little paradise can be full of adventure, but if you prefer to spend your days basking in the sun, this is also the ideal spot. The serenity that is felt in the open landscapes surrounding Jericoacoara is a real call to relaxation.

At dusk, if you want to follow local tradition, you can go to the impressive “Duna do por do sol” (The sunset Dune) near the village. It’s one of the rare places on the Ceará coast where the sun sets over the ocean due to the specific orientation of this place. A sunset here is a truly memorable experience. For walking enthusiasts the walk to the famous Pedra Furada (2hrs) is very interesting and worth the effort required to reach the impressive arc shaped rock.

These small, enchanting and authentic seaside villages, far from mass tourism, are excellent places for sunbathing, relaxing, and evening parties on the beach; dancing to local music creating an atmosphere of absolute freedom!

A buggy is taken accross a lagoon in Guajiru by ferry.

From the Parnaíba Delta to the Lençóis desert, take in some of the most exceptional panoramas in Nordeste

After Jericoacoara, you will carry on in your 4×4 along the beaches and tracks to reach the beautiful lagoon of Tatajuba.

Here, you can take the opportunity to enjoy a delicous lobster lunch with your feet in the warm water.

A few kms further on, you will take a ferry in Camocim to get on the road leading to Piauí. About 2hrs later, the town of Parnaíba is your stop for the day. If you prefer to be on the beach, we can book a hotel in Barra Grande, this is a popular option for kite-surfers. However, as this is only 1hr30 from Camocim this option means you will have to leave earlier the next morning to go on your day’s excursion.

You will spend the night in the hotel you have chosen from our selection and then leave the next day to visit an extremely rich and rare ecosystem, the only tropical delta in the Americas.

Delta of the Americas, a well-preserved, extremely rare ecosystem.

In the Parnaíba Delta, there are mangroves, dunes and tropical forests all interwoven, creating a curious group of river islands. Aboard a small, modern and comfortable boat, chartered just for you, your guide and native pilot will take you through the maze of channels to observe a unique ecosystem, where you will find monkeys, iguanas and guaras (scarlet ibis) as well as millions of caranguejos, the red or purple colored crabs that populate the mangrove mud and which are one of the main sources of livelihood for many people in the area. During the excursion, your guide will demonstratie the special technique the locals use to catch these famous crustaceans.

This excursion can also be done at night to discover the nocturnal wildlife and in particular the hundreds of caimans populating these waters to hunt at night, thrills guaranteed!

In the afternoon, you will continue your journey in a private vehicle to reach the mouth of the Rio Preguiças, along the way you will notice the countryside becoming more wild and untamed during the ascent to Maranhão. You will turn off the road to Tutoia and head towards the coast then travel one last time along the deserted beaches of the region. The thin stretch of sand wedged between the Atlantic and the river Caburé is a remote landmark, alone facing the forces of nature. It is here in the middle of nowhere, that a fast motor boat awaits to take you up the meanders of the river, between mangroves with their thick vegetation, the forest will begin to appear as you speed along the river up towards the picturesque pontoons of Barreirinhas.

Time permitting, a short break in Vassouras, a native hamlet, will be a chance to meet the sagu – shy little monkeys. You can also drink fresh coconut water whilst you take a walk to see the “mini Lencois”. It is possible to make an extra stop in Atins, a small isolated hamlet of fishermen on the other side of the river mouth 15 minutes by boat from Caburé. It is nestled between the ocean, the river and the dunes, in a pleasent setting of coconut trees and palms, a perfect place if you are fond of nature, calm and relaxation!

Barreirinhas, the entrance gate to the Lençois du Maranhão desert.
Barreirinhas is the last stage of your tour from Fortaleza to São Luís, and is the entrance to one of the most incredible deserts on the planet. Stretched out over 1550 km2, the Lençóis do Maranhão (literally meaning sheets, due to the shape of the dunes resembling crumpled sheets) is definitely a unique experience . You enter a strange desert of dunes encircled by many lagoons of crystal clear rain water, it really feels like exploring another planet. After 45 minutes by road along the sandy tracks zigzagging through the vegetation, the vehicle will drop you off at the entrance to the National Park.

You continue on foot with your local guide to reach the famous natural swimming pools nestled at the foot of the dunes sculpted by the winds. It is a unique experience where you can walk barefoot in the soft sands and bathe whenever you wish in the immaculate lagoons. All this in a relaxing silence and soft decor that no other desert in the world can offer!

This extraordinary setting is created by a geological phenomenon that blocks the infiltration of rainwater into the subsoil, trapping it on the surface until it has completely evaporated. The level of the hundreds of lagoons that cover this desert therefore totally depends on the rains. This is also why the lagoons are only full from May to October, after the rainy season and before the sun has dried them up.

The dunes at Jericoacoara shaped by the wind.

A step back into the colonial era in the capital of Maranhão

You will reach São Luís the capital of Maranháo,  and the last leg of your tour, after about 4 hours (270 km).

It’s a chance to better observe the daily life of this state. Traditional lifestyles are still present and you will see many houses still traditionally built in Taipa. This technique involves applying layers of clay mud on woven wooden racks to build the walls, completed by a roof made of carnauba or buriti palms depending on what nature offers close by.

São Luís is one of the most beautiful colonial cities of Latin America with its baroque palaces, azulejo decorations and 18th century patio houses. It is the most important testimony of Portuguese colonial art still in place today. For this reason, it is the subject of a major renovation of its historic centre since its entry into the World Heritage of Humanity list. With fountains and mansions, squares and museums, your guide will share the history and magic of the neighbourhoods that tell the story of a once prosperous region. Complete your tour of the wonders of Nordeste with a hint of history.

The balconies of São Luís.

Detailed Itinerary – Fortaleza to São Luís

Note : All road and water transport is private. 

Day 1 : FORTALEZA IN

Arrival of your flight in Fortaleza. Welcome at the airport by your chauffeur and transfer to your hotel (30 mins). You can enjoy the afternoon resting or wandering around Fortaleza to get a first impression.

Located just below the equator, in a tropical position, is the Ceará coastline, with its turquoise waters at around 25 to 28°C all year round. Fortaleza has a history of almost 300 years and has everything tourists need to feel welcome. Hotels & restaurants, 3000 hours of sunshine a year and a constant gentle breeze, it’s weather is ideal for holidaymakers. The nature in Fortaleza is beautiful and impressive with 25kms of beaches, most of them with hotels and a tourist infrastructure. For night owls, you can go out in the evening to the bars and lively parties, typically playing regional music; Forró and Samba, but there are also an increasing number of venues playing other genres.

The modern architecture of the buildings contrasts with the artisanal fishing boats found on the beach of Mucuripe, Beira Mar (the avenue that runs along the ocean). This is where the best hotels are found and it is ideal for a walk to experience local life. Also here, you can visit the night market, every day from 6pm it has a hundred stands offering local souvenirs. Fortaleza has been the capital of Brazilian seaside tourism in recent years and is an eclectic mix of beach and city life!

Night in your chosen hotel: Sonata de Iracema (Standard) or Gran Marquise (Superior). Option at the Golfinho in Cumbuco, 45 minutes from Fortaleza, for those who wish to have their “feet in the water” as soon as they arrive. (See accommodation details in the section below.)

Beira Mar beach in Fortaleza.

Aerial shot of the many jangadas off the coast of Fortaleza.

Day 2 : FORTALEZA / GUAJIRU

After a hearty Brazilian buffet style breakfast at the hotel, your chauffeur/guide will take you to begin your adventure along the beaches of Ceará.

It’s about a 40 minute drive out of town to reach the seaside resort of Cumbuco. This is where you can drive onto the beach and your adventure really starts ! You will encounter the “barra of Cauipe”, a magnificent lagoon between the sea, the pine trees and the coconut trees where many kite-surfers are found. After the port of Pecém you will arrive in Taíba, a village built along one street, lined with coconut trees and lovely houses. Then you continue along the beach for about 20kms to get to Paracuru where we suggest you have lunch.

In the afternoon, a narrow track of about 8 kms winding through the fields will bring you to a small bridge to cross the Curu river before joining the road to Lagoinha. This village is one of the picture postcards of Ceará with its famous beach and small peninsula covered in coconut trees. 15kms further on, you arrive at your stop for the day, Guajiru, a dreamlike beach as far as the eye can see with a little fishing village hidden from the main tourist trade. It’s an idyllic setting to spend the end of your day watching the ocean.

Check-in and night at your chosen pousada: Rede BeachVagalume (standard) or Zorah Beach (superior). (See accommodation details below).

Two jangadas sitting on the beach ready to set sail.

A buggy speeds off into the distance along a sand dune in Jericoacoara.

Day 3 : GUAJIRU / JERICOACOARA

Brazilian buffet breakfast at your hotel.

After tearing yourself away from the enchanting atmosphere of Guajiru, you will continue your trip (which still has plenty of surprises in store) in a 4×4 vehicle. After 5kms you will discover Fleixeiras, set among coconut trees and rocks covered with natural pools full of small fish at low tide, ideal to go snorkelling.

Further on at Mundaú, (Fleixeiras/Mundaú – 13kms) where the river winds between the dunes before reaching the ocean, you will climb some magnificent dunes with an incredible view point of the surrounding region. You then cross the Mundaú river on a small ferry before reaching the Baleia beach, (Mundaú/Baleia – 8kms) then along the beach to Icaraí de Amontada (lunch is suggested here).

At Icaraí you leave the beach and join the road to Jericoacoara for about 1hr30. You will go through Itarema and Acaraú before you reach the fishing village of Préa and its magnificent beach leading to Jericoacoara.

Paradise on earth, Jericoacoara is often considered the most beautiful beach on the Brazilian coastline. It has also been consistently named one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.  Giant dunes dotted with fresh water lakes, caves, cacti, palm trees…..the landscape is breathtaking! The unique location of this village enclosed by the Atlantic Ocean and the sand dunes, protected by the bay from the winds and the currents creates an exceptional place. Whether it’s to enjoy the natural surroundings of the tropical ocean and the National Park or the laid – back relaxing atmosphere, Jericoacoara is a real highlight of the coast of Ceará!

Check-in and night in your chosen pousada : My Blue (standard), Hurricane, Vila Kalango or Essenza (superior)(see accommodation details in the section below)

People getting ready to sail their jangadas in Jericoacoara.

Close up of a beached boat in Jericoacoara.

Day 4 : JERICOACOARA

Brazilian buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Free day to enjoy Jericoacoara and the numerous activities available.

For example :

• Excursions on foot or horseback along the Jericoacoara beach and among the surrounding sand dunes.

• Quad bike or buggy rides to the rainwater lakes in the National Park.

• Beginner lessons in kite surf, surf, windsurf, sailing or even stand-up paddling.

• Dance lessons for the local dances (Samba, Forró…)

• A walk to “Pedra Furada” (the pierced rock). You walk along the beaches before reaching the cliffs lined by fields and then descend a path taking you to the pedra furada. It is one of Jericoacoara’s symbolic spots where people often come to admire the breathtaking sunset (2hrs. round trip).

Night in your chosen pousada : My Blue (standard) and Hurricane, Vila Kalango or Essenza (superior). (See accommodation details in the section below).

A woman enjoys walking accross a shimmering lagoon in Jericoacoara.

Day 5 : JERICOACOARA / PARNAIBA (or BARRA GRANDE)

Morning, after breakfast at your hotel, you are free to have a last wander around the village or go for a relaxing swim.

Later in the morning around 11:30, your personal driver will collect you in a 4×4 (buggy is an option, contact us) to set off to Parnaíba, your destination for the day. After 6km along the beach, you arrive at the Guriú ferry where you cross the water to reach a dead mangrove forest that has silted up over the years and formed a unique sight.

Then on along the beach to reach the village of Tatajuba where you will turn inland. In this extraordinary countryside of dunes and prairies dotted with small lagoons and a few groves you will find donkeys that have returned to the wild! After 45mins. in the dunes, along the beach and the sandy paths you come to the Tatajuba lagoon,  (possible option of reserving a lobster lunch at Didi’s beach restaurant, contact us).

Tatajuba, is a vast lagoon in the middle of nowhere in a totally wild location, the restaurant tables are installed literally in the water as well as the hammocks and the lobsters seem to have been caught right in front of you. It’s a very calm place, ideal for a relaxing moment with good food and a view straight out of paradise.

After this refreshing pause, the trip goes on to Camocim. After a ferry crossing, you continue by road this time for about 2hrs before reaching Parnaíba. (1hr20 if you have chosen to stay in Barra Grande)

Check-in and night at the charming pousada of Casa de Santo Antonio (See accommodation details in section below).

3 men prepare to launch a jangada from the beach.

Multi-coloured hammocks suspended above the warm water.

Day 6 : PARNAÍBA (BARRA GRANDE) / PARNAÍBA DELTA / BARREIRINHAS

Morning, after a delicious buffet breakfast at the pousada you set off in a 4X4 to the port of Tatus a few kms away from Barra Grande.

Here, a local guide will take you in a small modern motor boat  with a sun protection roof, for about a 4hr ride in the labyrinth of islands in the famous Parnaíba delta, a unique formation on this continent.

Known as the “Delta das Américas” the Parnaíba river mouth divides into 5 main branches with around 73 islands. Between these is a vast network of small waterways which are the only means of communication in this impenetrable mangrove forest. This is a fragile ecosystem that is perpetually changing with the tides. You will see various animals including small monkeys, sloths and caimans. What is especially exceptional is the many bird species with feathers of every colour including the scarlet ibis.

Around noon you return to the port of Tatus where your vehicle awaits to set off for Caburé via Tutoia. This village located at about 1hr30 from Parnaíba is an ideal stop for lunch.

Afternoon, after tasting a few local delicacies, you will take the road to the village of Paulino Neves. From here, you cross the sand dunes of the “mini – Lençóis” before joining a totally deserted part of the coastline and arriving in Caburé, which is a small stretch of sand separating the ocean from the river. It’s a magnificent place that feels like the end of the earth. A fast canoe awaits to take you up the Preguiças river. This is a chance to see the gradual change in plant life from the imposing mangroves to the appearance of the Acaizieros palm trees with their soft fruits that you can taste in local sorbets, and other tropical plants.

After about 45mins, you arrive in Barreirinhas where you will step onto the jetty nearest your pousada.

Check-in and night at your chosen pousada : Pousada Encantes do Nordeste (Standard) and Porto Preguiças (Superior) (See accommodation details in the section below)

Note : There is the option to add an extra stage of one or two nights in the totally isolated village of Atins, opposite Caburé. Contact us if you are interested !

A fishing jangada going across the river.

Igarape Delta in Parnaiba.

Aquatic birds line the river banks at Parnaíba delta.

Day 7 : BARREIRINHAS/ SÃO LUÍS

Morning, After your buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will set off in an all terrain vehicle to the desert and the famous National Park of Lençóis do Maranhão for a visit with a local guide, lasting 4hrs. It is possible to make the tour last all day (6hrs.) with lunch on a local farm, siesta in a hammock and sunset over the desert to top it off!

After leaving your pousada, you cross the Preguiças river on a ferry and then take a series of tracks for about 40 minutes before catching your first glimpse of the Lençóis sand dunes. Here, your driver drops you off and you will walk into this immaculate desert with your guide. (Vehicles are not allowed in this Park).

After passing the first dunes, the unusual and beautiful scenery spreads out before you. In the hollows between the giant sand dunes, small crystalline lagoons of rainwater have formed during the rainy season creating many pools of freshwater warmed by the tropical sun and very inviting for a refreshing swim. Walking barefoot in these surroundings feels like visiting another planet, it is truly an unforgettable experience. The Lencóis do Maranhão desert is a true wonder of nature, unique in the world and a must-see for any visitor to the region!

Back to the pousada around 12 :00.

Afternoon, after lunch, a chauffeur will collect you from the hotel and take you to São Luís. It’s about a 4hr drive and you will see  local life passing by, still deeply rooted in tradition, all along the 270 kms between Barreirinhas and Sáo Luís, the regional capital.

Night at your chosen hotel: Grand São Luís (standard) or Pestana São Luís (superior).

(See accommodation details in the section below.)

A lonely lily pad floats along one of the many lagoons in the Lençóis Maranheses desert.

Lençois Maranhao, freshwater lagoon.

Day 8 : SÁO LUÍS / OUT

Morning, After a Brazilian buffet breakfast at the hotel, you set off on a guided tour of the historical centre of São Luís for 2 to 3 hours. Your guide will introduce you to one of the most remarkable vestiges of the Portuguese colonization of Brazil, declared part of the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997.

This city owes its name, “Saint Louis”, to the French King Louis as it was founded by the French who named it in his honour. Few traces of this period still exist, only a love of good cooking and some place names, because the Portuguese were the true occupiers of this peninsula. Long abandoned for lack of money, the historic district of São Luís Maranhão has been in full renovation since 1987 thanks to an initiative of the city council, the “Projeito Reviver”.

There are more than 107,000 meters squared of renovated buildings and streets which take you back to the prosperous time of this neighbourhood in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Back then the streets were swarming with artists and scholars attracted by the money of the rich local merchants, the city was called “the Paris of Latin America” ​​due to its splendour and the intellectual activity and excitement that reigned at the time.

Here you can find endless Portuguese architectural influence with, of course, the famous azulejos, small tiles of earthenware painted with blue floral and geometric motifs. This tour is a real journey back in time as you stroll through the local streets and trace the life of local influential and rich residents, 200 years ago.

São Luís do Maranhão, the self proclaimed reggae capital of Brazil, also has a lively carnival and a colourful party every June, “Bumba meu Boi.” This tropical town is found in the bay of São Marcos with its warm waters, ideal for bathing and has some beautiful beaches nearby.

After visiting this town and leaving your hotel, a chauffeur will take you to the airport for your flight. End of our services.

The colonial architecture of São Luís.

An old colonial park in São Luís.

 Fortaleza to São Luís Tour – Accommodation

Hotel Sonata de Iracema (Standard)

This hotel is ideally located on the Iracema beach, it has pleasant rooms all with a spectacular view of the ocean.
It’s location means easy access on foot to the beach and to the many restaurants in the area. Also, the most lively part of town is only 5 mins away by taxi. Surely one of the best value for money offers in the area.

Room in Hotel Sonata de Iracema.

Gran Marquise (Superior)

This hotel is located in the old centre of Fortaleza, on Beira Mar; the ocean avenue in the Mucuripe quarter. It is the most luxurious establishment in town.

Recently renovated, it is certain that it will satisfy the most exigent travelers thanks to the high quality services and comfort.

Room facing the ocean in the luxury Gran Marquise.

Golfinho (standard)

Located about 30kms from Fortaleza, in Cumbuco, a small popular seaside resort, this small family hotel has 25 rooms that are plain but comfortable and set around a pleasant pool.

Located right on the beach, it is particularly inviting for those who want front row seats to the relaxing sight of the waves rolling in. It is an excellent option for those wanting to avoid the town and who want to be on the beach at the beginning of their stay.

Room in the beach facing Golfinho.

Rede Beach Boutique Resort (standard)

Ideally located on the beach front, in the centre of the small fishing village of Guajiru, the charming Rede Beach Resort offers around twenty rooms decorated in a local style and with natural materials. It has an eco-chic atmosphere and all the necessary comforts for a pleasant stay.

It has a large garden, a pool facing the ocean and a good restaurant that beautifully complements the qualities of this pousada. Perfect for families with large lawn spaces for kids to enjoy. This is our best value for money in Guajiru.

Superior room in Rede beach in Guajiru.

Vila Vagalume (standard)

Located facing the ocean this charming hotel is comprised of 34 bungalows each with 2 or 4 rooms. They are arranged around the restaurant which is in a magnificent marquee built using the traditional indigenous Indian methods, it features a beautiful pointed roof of Canauba palms.

An arc shaped swimming pool and a lounge ideally placed between the pool and the beach top off the lot. Perfect for friends who can either reserve the same bungalows or spend time together in the evenings.

Double bed in the beautifully lit Vila Vagalume.

Zorah Beach (Superior)

Zora beach opened in 2014 and features a beautiful Asian decor. For those seeking higher end accommodation, it has superior services and amenities. On the edge of Guajiru village it is set in a magnificent tropical garden with small ponds. It has 16 superb suites and 5 excellent 90m2 bungalows as well as a 140m2 villa with a private pool.

There is a beautiful multi level pool, and an excellent restaurant creating a refined little paradise. It’s the most exclusive hotel on the Ceará coast and an ideal choice for a special occasion in an exceptional setting.

The pool at Zorah beach, lit by pleasant night lights.

My blue Hotel (standard)

With its excellent location on the main beach in the heart of Jericoacoara, this is a quality hotel with a Mediterranean style. It is very well designed in that you forget its size, so it feels smaller and quite homely. The 78 rooms are all decorated in shimmering colours perfect for the region where summer lasts forever. The rooms are particularly spacious and comfortable. It has an interesting structure featuring balconies intergrated into the garden that has 2 good sized pools and a restaurant on the beach which is ideal for breakfast and dinner.

The vibrant and colourful hotel my blue in Jericoacoara.

Hurricane (Superior)

Recently built facing the ocean, with a privileged view of the Malhada beach,the Hurricane Jeri offers charming bungalows with small gardens. This superior category establishment is decorated in a very tropical style combining local and modern materials for a comfortable and authentic experience.

A beautiful pool and tropical garden add an extra touch to this top quality option. The luxury category bungalows are particularly relaxing, with their private Jacuzzi and small lounges.

(From July to October 5 night minimum stay)

Outside view of one of the tropical huts at the Hotel Hurricane.

Vila Kalango (Superior)

Located on the main beach in Jericoacoara, the vila Kalango is one of the  most reputed places to stay in this seaside resort. In a 5000m2 tree lined garden there are 29 bungalows as well as cabins on stilts built with local materials, creating a charming and rustic atmosphere in luxury and comfort awaiting you for a relaxing stay.

It has an ecological dimension too with no air-con or television, a policy that only adds to the tranquility. A top quality place ideal for a quiet and peaceful vacation.

 (2 night stay minimum)

A luxury room from the Vila Kalongo hotel, ideal for couples.

Hotel Essenza (Superior)

The latest of the hotels on the main beach in Jericoacoara, Essenza has a resolutely modern architecture aimed at a superior clientele.

It features suites with balconies looking out over the infinity pool facing the ocean and on the upper level each room has a private mini pool. It is a luxury stay that awaits you in a modern and sophisticated setting. Ideal for couples or friends.

Not suitable for children under 12.

A large suite in the luxury Hotel Essensa.

Casa de Santo Antonio (Parnaíba – Standard & Superior categories)

Definitely one of the most charming lodges of Nordeste, this pousada is in an old bourgeois mansion that has been totally renovated. The owners have done an extraordinary job in each of the 22 rooms.

Spacious and well equipped with balconies or opening onto the garden these rooms are comfortable with modern accessories. The decor is from the elegant history of the manor and there are antique objects decorating the rooms. A superb place to be stay.

Charming room in Casa do Santo Antonio pousada.

Barra Grande Kite Camp (Barra Grande – Standard & Superior Categories)

Located on a fine beach on the Piauí coastline, the BGK pousada is specially welcoming for kitesurfers. But its charm and quality also attracts other visitors. The bungalows and cabins on stilts are made from local natural materials such as the wooden roofs and they are equipped with all modern comforts.

An ideal beach stop if you want a break of 2 or more nights and also for kitesurfers who will appreciate the kite school with all its equipment.

The beautiful view of the beach from the Kiteschool.

Encantes do Nordeste (Standard)

200m from the Preguiça river and 3kms from the centre of Barreirinhas this charming pousada offers 25 bungalows set in a lush green garden with beautiful palm trees.

The 25m2 bungalows are plainly but tastefully decorated and comfortable. They each have a terrace and hammocks. The pool and the breakfast area set in the garden are particularly charming.

A private pontoon in the river is reserved for the hotel clients and there is also a restaurant. A charming place in an enchanting setting for a truely pleasant stay.

Outside view of this charming lodge.

Porto Preguiças Resort (Superior)

Porto Preguiças is the most luxurious hotel in the Lençois region. Located in a palm grove by the river 3kms from Barreirinhas, it is an unusual and lovely place. There is a large pool with a sandy bottom around which the 40 comfortable bungalows are found. There are various activity options which make this resort ideal for families with children(there are suites for up to 5 people).

The hotel’s relative isolation makes it an ideal stop for peace and quiet and its restaurant has a good menu, the ideal place from which to visit the Lençóis do Maranãho desert.

View of the porto Preguiças garden.

Pousada Maresia (standard) (Atins)

Recently installed in Atins, this charming pousada has focused on regional materials, mainly wood and has chosen an ecological approach to accommodation. With rooms and bungalows ventilated naturally by the ocean winds and no artificial pool seeing as there are many natural coves to swim in.

200m from the beach and 400m from Lençóis this is a very peaceful place. The owners are originally Italian and have opened a restaurant serving pizzas and other Italian dishes using local produce. This pousada combines ecological awareness in a fragile ecosystem with charming and authentic lodgings. There are also raised bungalows that offer a magnificent view of the surrounding region.

Room with a rustic charm in the pousada Maresiain Atins.

La ferme de Georges (superior) (Atins)

This farm was opened by Frenchmen who fell in love with the little village of Atins. Their project was to combine top quality accommodation with organic farming. Today there are 7 ecologically designed chalets made from natural materials that welcome you on a large piece of land.

The 150m2 “Tree Chalet” with 3 bedrooms a bar and its own observation tower is an exceptional extra, unique to this lodge. All the restaurant food is organic and the vegetables come from the garden on site. An original place combining luxury and ecological awareness giving a new dimension to your vacation !

The superior ferme de Georges.

Luzeiros São Luis (Standard)

Hotel Luzeiros São Luís is just a short walk from the beach of Ponta do Farol. The well-equipped accommodation features an LCD TV with cable channels. The hotel  offers a restaurant serving international cuisine, a bar, a pool and a gym. Room service is available 24 hours a day. All rooms have air conditioning, a safe, a minibar and a hairdryer.

São Marcos Beach is just 300 meters from the property, while the historic center of São Luís is only 20mn away.

Standard room hotel Luzeiros Sao Luis

Double room prices:

Standard category: 2 persons $1575 /pers 4 persons $1051 /pers
Superior category 2 persons $1770 /pers 4 persons $1228 /pers

Low season price of the current year, given as an indication and not a quote.

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