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Brazil’s hidden north-east coast Atins, Lençóis Maranhenses

Updated: Apr 7, 2020


An amazing coastal part of Northeastern Brazil, where the dunes meet the Atlantic Ocean.

Winter in Brazil...

Lençois Maranhenses National Park

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Atins is a small fishermen village located on the Northeastern coast of Brazil. This amazing location is surrounded by the dunes among the freshwater lagoons of the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park.


Lençois Maranhenses National Park

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You might feel so far away than usual modern life due to unique ecosystem in Atins. There are some alternative ways to experience the dunes : 4x4 safari ride, 4x4 buggy ride or horse-riding...


Lençois Maranhenses National Park

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If you feel enough strong to walk, it's tough but such an amazing experience as well. However, the sand is quite hot until 4pm to walk. As north-east coast of Brazil is close to celestial equator, it's very hot during noon, when the sun is really up...


Lençois Maranhenses National Park

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And it's only possible to walk until the beginning of the dunes. As the dunes are keep moving by the wind-effect, there is no map. It's kind of risky to ride among the dunes and lagoons without guide.


Lençois Maranhenses National Park

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During the rainy season (February-May), the park among the dunes fill with freshwater lagoons, it's such a special feeling to swim in the lagoons.


Lençois Maranhenses National Park

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During this amazing experience, ibeachandmore #towels were super cool and useful. It's very compact and fast-drying. ,,

Lençois Maranhenses National Park

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Where to stay



Vila Guará is one the best accommodation opt,on to stay in Atins, it's located on the beach alongside a cool bar & restaurant.


Vila Guará Hotel in Atins

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Vila Guará takes its name from the local, red birds called guarás.


Vila Guará offers to their guest a #yoga in the morning.


Vila Guará Hotel in Atins

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The Hotel is very well managed, Especially considering the tough conditions in this isolated town, they organized the transfer perfectly. As we left the Hotel very early in the morning (5am), they prepared the sandwiches in advance for our roadtrip.


Vila Guará is also the base for AKB Atins Kiteboarding.




Atins provides great #kiteboarding conditions to kite-surfers of all levels, it's perfect destination for beginners or professionals. It is one of the best #Flatwater for kiteboarding. The wind season is between July and December ...



AKB Atins Kiteboarding

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While having your caipirinha, you might enjoy the beach and watching the kites...


Vila Guará Hotel in Atins

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La Ferme is a member of Design Hotels. This boutique hotel offers naturally made chalets and an #organic restaurant.


La Ferme de Georges in Atins

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La Ferme de Georges has an organic farm, which is used in the restaurants. The salads are very fresh, farm-to-table!

La Ferme de Georges in Atins

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The hotel has swimming pool as well.

La Ferme de Georges in Atins

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Where to eat and drink



Pizzeria Maresia is very popular spot, which is close to beach. You might enjoy the having such a delicious pizza under the trees...


Pizzeria Maresia in Atins

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Farm-to-table! Enjoy the fresh and delicious dinner with a bottle of wine...


La Ferme de Georges in Atins

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Get relax while watching the kite-surfers on the beach and enjoy your lunch...


Vila Guará Hotel in Atins

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Lar Doce Bar


Keep watching up the sky, you may see the red ''guaras'' birds during sunset...

And you will enjoy the cool rides of the kite-surfers and hippie beach parties with #caipirinha or cold brazilian #cervejas...



Cabana Cuba


You can easily reach this island by local fishermen's boat (10Real each way/per person).

As soon as the sun goes down, the island suddenly gets covered by seas, its such a cool spot to watch kites and sunset. When the water gets higher over the island, you are gonna feel like walking on the water...


Cabana Cuba in Atins

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How to get there


There is no easy or quick way to get there. We have to use all kind of transportation channel to reach this unique #destination.

1st step is flight : the flight takes around 3,5h from São Paulo (GRU) to São Luis (SLZ).

2nd step is car or taxi : the car drive takes between 3-4h from São Luis to Barreirinhas Port (approx. 450Real one way).

3rd step is speed-boat : there are two options for the boat. One is the collective boat, which takes around 5-6 hours (70Real per person/one way). It makes several stops on different islands, where you can see the monkeys and drink coconat water to feel the tropical islands. Second option is a private boat (approx. 450Real one way). It's an amazing boat tour through Rio Preguiças, it means lazy river, which is surrounded by rainforests.

4th step is 4x4 : When you get to Atins, you need to get a 4x4 until your hotel.

São Luis, Barreirinhas, Atins

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#Travel Notes :

There is no ATM in the town, that would be helpful to get cash with you.

If you need any medicine, we suggest to take it with you as well.

All the ways in town are covered with full of sand, get ready to walk barefoot or with flipflop whole holiday.

There are a lot of #french tourist in the town, most of the staff speak French & Portuguese.

Take a lot of sun cream and enjoy your stay!

Local church in Atins

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Thanks for joing to our journey!

Lençois Maranhenses National Park

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