3-day Horseback Ride in Lençóis Maranhenses
Experience the ultimate 3-day, 2-night horseback ride adventure that will leave an indelible mark on your soul as you explore the captivating wonders of Lençóis Maranhenses. Prepare to be mesmerized by the sheer beauty and raw magnificence of this natural marvel, as we take you on a journey that combines excitement, tranquility, and cultural immersion.
This expedition will lead you to two extraordinary oases: Baixa Grande and Queimada dos Brito. With every stride, you'll feel the power and grace of your noble steed beneath you, as you traverse the pristine white dunes and vast expanse of this Brazilian white desert.
At Baixa Grande, a hidden gem nestled within the heart of Lençóis Maranhenses, you will discover a haven of tranquility. Surrounded by towering sand dunes and shimmering freshwater lagoons, you'll have the opportunity to dive into crystal-clear waters, refreshing your senses and rejuvenating your spirit. Continuing your equestrian odyssey, you'll venture towards Queimada dos Brito, another breathtaking oasis waiting to be explored. As you approach this oasis, you'll witness a harmonious blend of nature and culture, as local communities have thrived amidst the harsh yet awe-inspiring landscape.
Throughout this horseback ride expedition, the ethereal beauty of Lençóis Maranhenses will unfold before your eyes. Marvel at the interplay of light and shadow as the sun caresses the undulating sand dunes, creating a dance of colors that will leave you spellbound. Witness the ever-changing landscape as gentle winds sculpt the dunes, forming intricate patterns that seem to shift with each passing moment. Let the vastness of this desert engulf you, reminding you of the awe-inspiring power of nature.
Day by Day
Day 1 - Lagoons/ Rio Negro Crossing/ Queimada dos Britos Community
Prepare and pack your equipment, starting your day early. At 7:30 AM, our 4x4 vehicle will be ready at the lodge, located approximately 20 km from the Rio Negro mouth, where our horseback riding adventure begins. By 9 AM, we will find ourselves surrounded by breathtaking white sand dunes and pristine lagoons, providing the perfect opportunity for a refreshing swim, capturing the beauty of nature through photographs, and simply marveling at the serene surroundings.
Around noon, we will reach the residence of Dona Dete and Senhor Moacir, situated in the first oasis, where a delectable traditional meal of free-range chicken with coconut milk awaits us. After a relaxing break in the hammocks, we will resume our horseback riding journey towards the second oasis at 3 PM. Along the trail, we will traverse not only sand dunes and lagoons but also the Rio Negro, which may pose challenges depending on the time of year.
As we near the end of our horseback riding excursion, we will witness a magnificent sunset over the dunes. Before nightfall, we will arrive at the home of Dona Joana and Senhor Raimundo, who will graciously prepare a delightful dinner for us. You can look forward to cozy and charming rooms with scenic views of the Queimada dos Brito oasis, providing a tranquil retreat for the night.
Day 2 - Lagoons/ Baixa Grande Community/ Night Horseback Ride
Rise early and enjoy a hearty breakfast, ensuring your equipment is ready for the day's horseback ride. Embark on an exhilarating trail through untouched sections of the park, immersing yourself in the pristine beauty of the landscape. Explore various lagoons and dunes, taking the time to swim, relax, and appreciate the surroundings.
At midday, savor a delicious lunch at the residence of Dona Regina and Senhor Raimundo, where a mouthwatering grilled fish awaits you. In the late afternoon, marvel at the breathtaking sunset casting its golden hues over the dunes and lagoons. Following this magical spectacle, head to Dona Dete's farm for a delightful dinner. The menu will feature an array of options, including duck, goat, river fish, or sea fish, allowing you to savor the diverse flavors of the region.
After dinner, embark on a captivating night horseback ride to reach your tent. The tents are thoughtfully equipped with comfortable mattresses and LED lights, offering a cozy retreat nestled amidst the natural oasis. Spend the night under the stars, gazing up at the sky in awe and embracing the tranquility of the surroundings.
Day 3 - Horseback Ride Towards the Coast of Lençóis/ Back to Atins
Indulge in a delightful outdoor breakfast, savoring hot coffee and refreshing natural juices amidst the picturesque surroundings. Take the opportunity to embark on a leisurely walk, exploring the vibrant life within Lençóis Maranhenses. Immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of the region, taking refreshing dips in the inviting lagoons and fully immersing yourself in nature's embrace.
Relish a special lunch that promises a culinary delight. Feast on succulent grilled meats and fish, accompanied by roasted vegetables, a surprise toast, and traditional desserts that will tantalize your taste buds. After lunch, take some time to rest and rejuvenate, allowing yourself to fully unwind and soak in the tranquility of the surroundings.
Embark on the final exhilarating horseback ride towards the coast of Lençóis. Gallop through the undulating dunes and along pristine beaches, with the sun gracefully setting on the horizon. This enchanting experience will create a lasting memory of the natural beauty and serenity of the region. Reach the Guajiru waterfalls, where you can revel in the cascading waters and embrace the refreshing atmosphere. Finally, return to Atins in the awaiting vehicle, bringing an end to this remarkable adventure filled with awe-inspiring landscapes and unforgettable moments.
Join us on this horseback ride in Lençóis Maranhenses :)
What is included
- All accommodations during the trip
- All meals and drinks
- All activities mentioned in the itinerary
- Experienced English-speaker guide
- All activities on horseback
- Adventure insurance
What is not included
- International and Domestic Flights
- Gratuities and items of a personal nature
- Accommodation in São Luís and Atins
- Additional activities such as Kite Surfing or Fishing
- Travel and medical insurance
- Oasis Baixa Grande: House of Dona Dete, House of Dona Regina (tents with mattress)
- Oasis Queimada dos Brito: Dona Joana's House (hammocks and beds)
What to bring
- Backpack - 35L Headlamp
- Stank Bag - 40L
- First aid
- Personal Hygiene Kit
- Modular pantsUV long sleeve
- Ear protector
- Extra clothes to wear at night
- Sports towel
- Canes for trekking
- Sun Masks (neck)
- Electronic chargers
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I went at the beginning of the rainy season a nice experience with meditative hikes through white sand dunes, and cooling off in rivers and lagoons. Simple but nice accommodation/food 🙂
The Christmas days alone with the guide as an attentive, funny guide was also a pleasure 😉
I made the crossing with an excellent guide. Native, had knowledge of the whole region, intelligent, speaks very well, good vibe, good energy. The tour was amazing and I will definitely recommend it to other friends.
One of the most amazing experiences of my life
One of the most amazing experiences of my life, and I definitely recommend it. This path has been long and difficult, but it has been worth it. We had an excellent tour guide with substantial knowledge of the area and a true passion for desert trekking. I recommend bringing plenty of water and sunscreen, hiking poles, and long sleeves.
Sublime and unique place in the world
It was one of the most beautiful experiences of our life; itinerary in a sublime and unique place in the world, accompanied by our guide who is always smiling, attentive and considerate!
On the program: walking in the magnificent dunes, swam in the most beautiful lagoons of the desert, and nights in a hammock in the oases where we had the chance to chat with the locals.
I highly recommend it!
I did this 100% Ecological Trek and I loved it! It was perfect! I really loved it! Our guide, is super attentive, very nice and has a lot of knowledge to exchange. Everything was super smooth! I highly recommend it!
Words are lacking to describe this experience. It far exceeded our best expectations. From the service, super attentive, helpful, and cordial, to the conduction of the trekking, everything is more than perfect! Everything was carefully organized, always concerned with providing us with the best experience, and details that surprised us from start to finish. Much gratitude to the team for the beautiful experience that we will take with us for a lifetime! We’ll be back for sure!
We were delighted with the team
We were delighted with the team, they were very helpful from the moment we got in touch with them, sending us all the information for the private tours and clarifying all our doubts. The tour was exactly as the script they sent us. Lunch was at the home of one of the residents of the Park, homemade food, was very good, and on the way back from the lagoon they even waited for us with tapioca!
Quite an adventure!!!
Undoubtedly, it was one of the most impactful experiences I’ve had in my life. Walking these days through the dunes and discovering the most beautiful lakes in the country was quite an adventure!!! At first, I was afraid that I couldn’t handle it, but we had an excellent guide who made the experience very smooth. The overnight stays in the oasis in hammocks were a separate chapter, the opportunity to talk to the people there is an immersion in real Brazil. Allied to all this, the fact that we went theoretically “out of season” (I emphasize that the lagoons were absolutely full), allowed us to know Lençóis exclusively since outside the oasis, in these days we did not come across anyone on the trail.
It was just PERFECT!
We went through the Lençois desert, passing from dune to dune and from lagoon to lagoon, each more beautiful than the other. This vast expanse of sand, still pure and unspoiled, provides a feeling of freedom and fantastic well-being never felt anywhere. It is still important to have a minimum of physical condition and to be very well equipped against the sun which is very strong! We have always been very well-received and pampered! Millions of little surprises that I let you discover throughout the trek! Last but not least, our guide was awesome and great! A real enthusiast and lover of his region (he was born there) he knows his area like no one else and will make you discover the natural park in an incredible way, so much in love that despite the difficulties you will fall in love too! Very attentive and very considerate, it was just PERFECT!
I'm already planning to go back
One of the best treks in life!!! Wonderful place!!! Amazing landscapes!!! An experience that there are no words to describe the feeling of walking in the desert alongside incredible landscapes, at every step a wonderful landscape, at every stop in the houses of the natives the beauty of simplicity. Congratulations to the team!!! The trekking was super attentive and the guides have a great knowledge of the region. I’m already planning to go back.
An adventure to remember forever
This trip was an adventure to remember forever. The walk is wonderful. Lagoons with blue and crystalline waters are present everywhere. The sand, for the most part, is hard, so it is possible to walk with peace of mind. Getting to know the local communities with their simple and welcoming residents is something enriching and makes us forget the tiredness.
One of the best I've ever done
Since before the start of the trip, everything was wonderful. I was very well briefed on the necessary equipment, and the team left me in no doubt. the guide was very nice, always making us comfortable and safe. We were very well received in the places where we slept, and the food was divine. One of the best trails I’ve ever done. I recommend.
Welcoming family lodge
We walked 16 km at night illuminated by the full moon, a show of light, the sounds of the desert, and the nocturnal birds to the Mocambo village, where we spent the night at Dona Paixão’s house! A passionate lady with a welcoming family lodge. Dinner, breakfast, and lunch with a taste of simplicity. The coffee mixed with freshly made coconut milk is Trés fantastique! On the other days we are dazzled by the beautiful sunset, with the yellow moon, even on the 3rd night we were able to see the milky way at the oasis Queimada dos Britos!
The tour was sensational. At first I thought it would be quite tiring, but the walk through the dunes is really nice! The entire route is done in the morning, escaping the harsh Maranhão sun. There are many ponds on the way and at any moment you can stop to refresh in the crystal clear waters! The walk is always accompanied by the natural air conditioning of the Lençóis Maranhenses.
My family and I did this fantastic trekking guided by an experienced guide from the Mucambo community, a native with great knowledge of the region’s ecosystem, with valuable hiking tips and interesting stories. Incredible landscapes, cultural immersion at the support points, and a welcoming reception.
It is a unique experience to get to know the landscapes of the park and the local culture. We were extremely satisfied with the itinerary and the accommodations in the locals’ houses, with the food and reception.
We were provided with all the support we needed. Our guide was extremely attentive and has vast knowledge about Lençóis, which made the experience even more attractive! We have only praise and recommendations!