12 days in State of Maranhao Itinerary

12 days in State of Maranhao Itinerary

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Fly
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Sao Luis
— 3 nights
Drive
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Barreirinhas
— 4 nights
Drive
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Santo Amaro do Maranhao
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Alcantara
— 2 nights
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Sao Luis

— 3 nights

City of Tiles

Located on the island of Ilha Upaon-Acu, state capital Sao Luis represents the largest city in Maranhao.
Sao Luis is known for historic sites, beaches, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Centro Histórico, browse the different shops at Sao Luis Shopping, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Se, and explore the activities along Lagoa da Jansen.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sao Luis trip planner.

Rio de Janeiro to Sao Luis is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May, Sao Luis is somewhat warmer than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Barreirinhas.

Things to do in Sao Luis

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 22 — 25:

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.
Barreirinhas is known for nature, historic sites, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa Bonita e Lagoa Azul, kick back and relax at Cabure Beach, stroll through Lencois Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Pequenos Lencois Maranhense.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Barreirinhas day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Sao Luis to Barreirinhas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Barreirinhas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Santo Amaro do Maranhao.

Things to do in Barreirinhas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay May 25 — 29:

Santo Amaro do Maranhao

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lagoa das Americas, then explore the activities along Lagoa das Andorinhas, and then explore the activities along Lagoa da Gaivota. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Lagoa Betania and then explore the activities along Lagoa da Esperanca.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Santo Amaro do Maranhao trip tool.

Getting from Barreirinhas to Santo Amaro do Maranhao by car takes about 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Santo Amaro do Maranhao are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Alcantara.

Things to do in Santo Amaro do Maranhao

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 29 — 31:

Alcantara

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Pelourinho, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Matriz square, then take an in-depth tour of Museu Casa Historica de Alcantara, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Nossa Senhora dos Rosarios dos Pretos. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Itatinga Beach and then enjoy breathtaking views from Desterro Church.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Alcantara holiday builder app.

Traveling by car from Santo Amaro do Maranhao to Alcantara takes 6.5 hours. In May in Alcantara, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Alcantara

Historic Sites · Beaches · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 2:

State of Maranhao travel guide

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Beaches · Bodies of Water · 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.