Brazil’s north-eastern coast is famous for its beautiful beaches, unique culture, and stunning weather. Many of the region’s cities are favorite tourist destinations individually but a great way to see them all is to take a long road trip from Maranhão down to Bahia.
The road trip starts in São Luis, with its lively reggae scene and beautiful colonial architecture, before heading to east through two of Brazil’s most beautiful spots: the amazing secluded beach town of Jericoacoara and the gorgeous dunes and lagoons of Lençóis Maranhenses.
Lençóis Maranhenses gets its name from the vast and sweeping dunes covering the park, which are usually said to look like bedsheets (mean lençóis in Portuguese). In the rainy season, pristine lagoons form in between the dunes, which means you can trek over desert-like hills of sand and then take a dip in the gorgeous natural pools below.
The journey on to Jericoacoara is the most complex stretch of this road trip route, requiring a vehicle with a little off-road capability. From the entry point to Lençóis Maranhenses, Barreirinhas, you will need to take some sand tracks east to Paulino Neves, only then will you come back to properly paved roads when you journey through the towns of Tutoia, Camocim, and Parnaiba before reaching Jericoacoara.
The sleepy fishing village of Jeri, or Jericoacoara, as it is called by the locals, is a truly fairytale place for any visitor. With its beautiful beaches and slow pace of life, it is the perfect destination to relax while soaking up the stunning scenery. One of the main attractions is the Sunset Dune (Duna do Pôr do Sol), where crowds gather and see one of the planet’s greatest sunsets when the sun drops into the Atlantic horizon, sometimes creating the famous Green Flash phenomenon.