8 days in Sao Luis & Barreirinhas Itinerary

8 days in Sao Luis & Barreirinhas Itinerary

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Sao Luis
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Sao Luis

Sao Luis ©
Located on the island of Ilha Upaon-Acu, state capital Sao Luis represents the largest city in Maranhao.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Palacio dos Leoes, then steep yourself in history at Centro Histórico, then take an in-depth tour of Casa de Cultura Huguenote Daniel de La Touche, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Se. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Espigao Costeiro, then admire the masterpieces at Museu Historico e Artistico do Maranhao, then explore the activities along Lagoa da Jansen, and finally kick back and relax at Calhau Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sao Luis itinerary builder tool.

Lencois Maranhenses National Park to Sao Luis is an approximately 6-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Barreirinhas.

Things to do in Sao Luis

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
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Palacio dos Leoes ©
Palacio dos Leoes
Centro Histórico ©
Centro Histórico
Igreja da Se ©
Igreja da Se


Barreirinhas ©
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.
Spend the 9th (Sun) exploring nature at Parque Nacional dos Lencois Maranhenses. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lagoa Bonita e Lagoa Azul, visit a coastal fixture at Preguicas (Mandacaru) Lighthouse, visit Armazem da Rua Direita, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cabure Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Barreirinhas trip maker site.

You can drive from Sao Luis to Barreirinhas in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August in Barreirinhas, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 29°C at night. On the 13th (Thu), you're off to home.

Things to do in Barreirinhas

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Parque Nacional dos Lencois Maranhenses ©
Parque Nacional dos Lencois Maranhenses
Lagoa Bonita e Lagoa Azul ©
Lagoa Bonita e Lagoa Azul
Rio Preguicas ©
Rio Preguicas