Brazil Natural Wonders. Barefoot trek & Iguasu Falls extension

São Luís - Vila Maranhão, São Luís - State of Maranhão, Brazil

Safarika Travel
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Jun 29 - Jul 6, 2023
Group size: 10 - 14
Brazil Natural Wonders. Barefoot trek & Iguasu Falls extension
São Luís - Vila Maranhão, São Luís - State of Maranhão, Brazil

Safarika Travel
  • Facebook verified
26 reviews

Jun 29 - Jul 6, 2023
Group size: 10 - 14

About this trip


Join us on the off-the-beatern Barefoot Trek in Lencois Maranhenses National Park, a phenomenal natural wonder and a truly hidden gem of the North-East Brazil! 🇧🇷

White sand dunes and emerald-blue freshwater lagoons stretching beyond horizon! This magic happens only a few month in the year after the rain season. 

Visit the state of Maranhao, a place to experience the vibrant Afro-Brazilian cultural heritage in combination with majestic mind-blowing landscapes! 🤩

If you are an experienced traveler, and been to many unique places before, but you are looking for some kind of new awe-inspiring adventure and some kind of disconnect, this trip is just for you! 🌟

What to expect:

We are going to cross the Lencois Maranhenses National Park on a barefoot trek, watching sunrises and sunsets in the desert, staying overnight in tiny villages in the desert, having meals prepared by locals, sleeping 2 nights in hammocks, getting lost in the starry sky and, of course, rushing down the dunes until you hit the crystal-clear lagoons (sure you can swim there) 💦🦶🏼

First-time in Brazil ?  

Extend your trip for a few more days: 

- Visit the Natural Wonder of Iguasu Falls,, one of the world's biggest and the largest waterfall in South America! 

- Complete your Brazilian vacations in Rio de Janeiro, with its "bossa nova" rhythms, a glass of caipirinha and well-deserved beach-time at Copacabana/Ipanema  🌴🍹

Things to know before you register:

🦜 Suggested international arrival/departure: Sao Paulo (You can depart from Rio de Janeiro if you wish to extend your trip for more days).

🦜 Total main trip: 7 days/ 6 nights (Incl. trek: 3 days/ 2 nights). Extensions are not included

🦜  Accommodation type:   :2 nights hammocks or foldable beds in the desert

🦜  Level of difficulty: Intermediate. This trek requires medium physical strength. It’s not advised for those with heart problem, hypertensives, or allergic to occasional insect’s bites

🦜  Daily walking mileage: 5-10 miles. Be ready for early wake-ups: We are going to hike in the morning hours when the weather is breezy and the sand is not too hot.  We recommended wearing socks for hiking, hiking shoes or tennis shoes are not allowed 

🦜 Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) and drinking water will be provided on a trek

🦜 Duffel bags for the trekking days (capacity 30L) will be provided of every traveler, the rest of the luggage will be stored in the company office in Sao Luis and picked up after the hike

🦜 You carry only your day-pack with essentials, & water, duffel bags will be carried by mules

🦜 Public restrooms and showers are available at the campgrounds during the hike

🦜 Freshwater lagoons are good and warm for swimming

Weather in July:

The average temperature in Lencois Maranhenses National Park in July for a typical day ranges from a high of 88°F (31°C) to a low of 76°F (25°C). Some would describe it as pleasantly warm with a gentle breeze. We are going to hike in the early morning hours when the weather is breezy and the sand is not too hot and comfortable for walking. 

Travel entry requirements

United States citizens don't need visa to enter Brazil

Pre-departure covid test is no longer needed for vaccinated travelers (you will need a proof of vaccination certificate on arrival)

Flexible cancellation policy

if the Trip is canceled by Organizer by any reason, the amount paid by Participant will be fully refundable (100% of all your payment will be refunded, including transactions fees paid by Participant  at the time of booking)

If the trip is cancelled by Participant due to any personal reasons, the following penalties will be applied:

👉🏽 Cancellation outside of 90 days before departure - fully refundable

👉🏽 Cancellation 90 to 60 calendar days before departure - registration deposit is non-refundable 

👉🏽 Cancellation 60 to 31 calendar days before departure – up to 50% of trip cost is non-refundable

👉🏽 Cancellation 30 to 0 days - Up to 100% of trip cost is non-refundable

We strongly encourage you to purchase Travel Cancellation Insurance after the booking is made. It will protect you from unexpected cancellations due to your personal reasons like sudden sickness, change of travel plans and other things. 

What’s included

  • Lodging
    1 night in Sao Luis (Hotel), 1 night in Sao Paulo (Hotel), 2 nights in the Lodges (Comfortable rooms w/shower), 2 nights in hammocks on a trek (shared facilities)
  • Professional assistance
    Local english speaking guides & Team Leader (Karina Safari)
  • Ground Transportation
    Private vans and SUV 4x4, Speedboat
  • Meals
    5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Guided tours
    Walking tour in Sao Luis with local guide, Local guide on a trek
  • Gear
    Duffel bags for the trek provided
  • Pre-departure arrangemnt
    All logistics, bookings, informational support and team briefing from Organizer before deparutre
  • Domestic Flights
    Sao Paulo - Sao Luis roundtrip airfare
  • International Flights
    Starts from $850 roundtrip from SFO
  • Travel insurance
    Coverage for medical and trip cancellations
  • Optionals
    Optional extensions: Iguasu Falls, Rio de Janeiro (possible on request)

Available Packages

Early Birds
Available until March 31, 20237 left
Deposit: $500
Count me in!
Available until April 1, 20236 left
Deposit: $500

Available options


Day 1 (Fri)
Sao Luis, the "reggae capital of Brazil"

Arrive in Sao Luis on direct flight from Sao Paulo (we plan arrival in Sao Paulo a day before and stay overnight in hotel).

Laid back, half-decayed and half-restored, Sao Luis is still very atmospheric.

We will explore the colonial Old Town and its attractions, markets, and squares on a guided walk.  The Old Town is known for its picturesque colonial buildings with colorful tiles and cast-iron balconies. 

Sao Luis is ethnically is very diverse, a place that moves to the beat of reggae music, which pervades so much of it that it's been nicknamed the “Brazilian Jamaica.” 

Dinner in one of the typical restaurants in town and tasting the local cuisine this region is famous for.

Overnight in the comfortable hotel 

Your Organizer

Safarika Travel
26 reviews
Safarika Adventure Club (Safarika Travel Inc.) was founded in Los Angeles (CA) in the year 2013. Legal travel provider on the territory of United States (California Seller of Travel License # 2112795-40) since 2013. Founder & CEO - Karina Safari, professional adventure travel organizer and team leader since 2011. Specialization: in small group hiking trips in South America and beyond, as well as private eco-adventures for families.


Every day of the trip was unforgettable and filled with adventure. After telling all the stories to friends dozens of times I realize how lucky I am to know Safarika Adventure Club , because without Karina Safari this trip would not have been as awesome.
By Larysa Z for Best of New Zealand North to South Adventure on 20 Mar, 2023
Absolutely incredible experience! We've learned about ice walking and received many useful tips about winter photography. Great company, as always (unforgettable memories) Thank you, Karina & Alex!
By Yelena M for Canada Winter Wonderland Snowshoe Adventure on 08 Feb, 2023
Another travel (Canada Winter Wonderland), another great adventure & memorable experiences. I highly recommend this trip and our guide, Alex Mironyuk!
By Grigory L for Canada Winter Wonderland Snowshoe Adventure on 04 Feb, 2023
Amazing trip. Incredible views of winter Canada wonders and great company.
By Vladimir L for Canada Winter Wonderland Snowshoe Adventure on 30 Jan, 2023
Amazing experience, great team, and incredible guide! Everything went smooth and super well-organized. The itinerary was thoughtful and accommodations cozy. The organizers' guidance of what to pack to feel warm and comfortable was spot on. Very unusual to see and experience beautiful hiking trails and their surroundings covered in ice and snow, much less crowded too. Frozen waterfalls were absolutely magical! Would definitely recommend this trip to anyone not afraid of a bit of cold.
By Denis G for Canada Winter Wonderland Snowshoe Adventure on 30 Jan, 2023
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One of the best trips I've done! I am mainly either a solo traveler or prefer to go with my family But 4 days hiking trip to Montana Glacier NP has changed my preferences :) Thank you very much, it's been a pleasure and FUN Met so many interesting intelligent people, would highly recommend if you enjoy active vacations
By Yelena M on 10 Sep, 2020
I traveled with Karina to Patagonia in 2020 and it was awesome! Perfect planning & organization throughout the trip, including dealing with the unexpected (e.g. lost luggage). I really liked other folks in the group and made several new friends in this trip. I highly recommend Karina's trips to casual and semi-serious hikers, and plan to be a return customer myself.
By Grigory L on 14 Mar, 2020
Thank you, Karina, for a wonderful first time experience of active adventure trip! Everything is well thought and organized. Would recommend to anyone!
By Aizhan T on 20 Jun, 2019