12 days in State of Maranhao Itinerary

12 days in State of Maranhao Itinerary

Created using Inspirock State of Maranhao trip planner
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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

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 sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Centro Histórico, take in the waterfront at Espigao Costeiro, explore the activities along Lagoa da Jansen, and kick back and relax at Calhau Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Sao Luis trip itinerary builder site.

Rio de Janeiro to Sao Luis is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August, expect Sao Luis to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Barreirinhas.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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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 beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lagoa Bonita e Lagoa Azul, enjoy the sand and surf at Canto do Atins, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and enjoy the sea views from Preguicas (Mandacaru) Lighthouse.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Barreirinhas driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Sao Luis to Barreirinhas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santo Amaro do Maranhao.
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Santo Amaro do Maranhao — 2 nights

On the 18th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa das Americas, 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 19th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa Betania and then explore the activities along Lagoa da Esperanca.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Santo Amaro do Maranhao online trip maker.

You can drive from Barreirinhas to Santo Amaro do Maranhao in 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Santo Amaro do Maranhao can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Alcantara.
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Alcantara — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): admire the striking features of Pelourinho, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Matriz square, then get engrossed in the history at 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, enjoy the sand and surf at Itatinga Beach and then take in panoramic vistas at Desterro Church.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Alcantara trip maker.

Traveling by car from Santo Amaro do Maranhao to Alcantara takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Alcantara can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive back home.
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State of Maranhao travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Beaches · 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.
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