Join Intrepid on an epic overland adventure from Rio to far-flung northeastern Brazil and beyond

There are overland adventures, then there are overland adventures. This one most definitely falls in the latter category, spanning the most exotic reaches of far-flung northern Brazil and beyond. Climb aboard the truck in Rio de Janeiro and venture to the gold- and diamond-mining towns of yore, contrasting small-town cobblestoned charm with some of the most biodiverse national parks on the planet. After reaching Salvador da Bahia, a town brimming with Afro-Brazilian rhythm and expression, continue further up the stunning Atlantic coast to scale dunes and chill out on stunning secluded beaches. The adventure hits the next level in a rugged trio of countries on Brazil’s north coast – Suriname, French Guiana, and Guyana – where the natural wonders of the Andes and the Amazon complete a truly epic overland journey.

This trip requires Inca Trail Permits. View permit availability here.


Start
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Finish
Boa Vista, Brazil
Countries
Brazil, Guyana, Suriname
Style
Basix
Theme
Overland
Code
GDVAC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22

Why we love this trip

  • Stroll the cobbled streets of gorgeous former diamond- and gold-mining towns such as Ouro Preto and Lencois, both awash with colourful architecture

  • Uncover two of Brazil’s spectacular yet often overlooked natural beauties: Chapada Dos Veadeiros and Chapada Diamantina national parks

  • Watch Portuguese, African and Brazilian flavours collide to beautiful effect in Salvador de Bahia, a city awash with top street food and capoeira (artistic martial arts) performances

  • Escape the tourist trails by visiting Aracaju, a hit among local beachgoers, and Jericoacoara, a captivating oasis accessible only by 4WD tracks

  • Spend time in Canoa Quebrada and Lencois Maranhenses National Park, both stunning examples of Brazil’s dune-laden coastal scenery

  • Take a boat trip to the infamous Iles du Salut (Devil’s Islands) to explore the local history, snap photos of native wildlife and even take a swim in the convict’s swimming pool

  • Venture to a private island in Upper Suriname for an exclusive two-day rainforest retreat, surrounded by the buzz and twitter of the Amazon Jungle

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is an overland trip in Brazil, so let’s not beat around the bush – there are some long distances to cover. Thankfully you’ll be in a purpose built truck and in the hands of experts, to say nothing of the stunning scenery.

Itinerary

Welcome to Rio de Janeiro! Today there will be a group meeting day at 18:00hrs, please meet in the hotel reception. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy Rio. If you would like to book additional nights of accommodation to really explore the city, please contact your Sales agent.

Border information: If you are arriving in Rio, enter Brazil at Rio Galeão International Airport International (IATA code: GIG) Airport. In Rio we will stay in a comfortable hotel
Hotel for the night: Hotel Argentina

Hotel Argentina
Rua Cruz Lima No. 30
Flamengo
Rio de Janeiro
Brazil
Tel - +55 21 2558 7233

Activity Approximate Cost
Take a cable car up Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain) BRL 80
Discover the Colonial Gems of Rio on a city tour GBP 30
Visit the world famous statue Christ the Redeemer BRL 74

About Rio De Janeiro:
Rio de Janeiro has to be one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world. The stunning Pão de Açucar (Sugarloaf) Mountain rises up out of Guanabara Bay and the sandy beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana cut beautiful curves in the shoreline, all under the watchful gaze of the iconic Art Deco statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. This is a city with something for everyone - beaches, history, shopping, culture, fantastic food and amazing nightlife. For amazing views of this spectacular city, take the cable car up to the top of Pão de Açucar, ride the train to
Corcovado or jump on the tram to the historic hillside neighbourhood of Santa Teresa. If you're interested in learning more about Rio and Brazil, there are several fascinating museums in the city and you'll see some fantastic architecture by wandering around the older parts of the city.

Kick back and relax on the famous urban beaches, enjoy a beer or caipirinha at one of the many street-side cafes and then when evening comes you can party the night away - Rio has some unbelievable bars and clubs in the buzzing areas of Lapa and Ipanema. If you need a bit of quiet time to recover, take a walk in the city's wonderful botanical gardens, or escape the city for the day on an excursion to the lush forests of nearby Tijuca National Park. Rio is particularly famous for its huge annual party - the incredible Rio Carnival. The celebration of Mardi Gras (6 weeks before Easter) is a great Brazilian tradition - the whole city goes wild for a full 7 days in a whirlwind of music and colour. Samba schools compete with ever more awe-inspiring dance displays, floats and costumes, putting on marathon perfomances in the Sambadrome,
and street parties are held all over the city. 
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will drive to the beautiful old colonial mining town of Ouro Preto. Along the way we will stop at Petropolis, the cool hill-side hideaway for local Cariocas escaping the heat of Rio. We will have 2 hours to explore the Museu Imperial, the former Imperial Palace, wander the town or visit the Palacio de Cristal, the site where the last slaves of Petropolis were released. Approximate Drive Time: 450km / 8hrs In Ouro Preto we stay at a comfortable hostel

About Ouro Preto:
Ouro Preto (meaning 'Black Gold') was founded in the 17th Century by Portuguese colonialists, and became the largest and most important city of the Brazilian Gold Rush of the 18th Century when gold was found in the surrounding area. Mines were built to extract the precious metal, and the tremendous wealth that resulted attracted Europe's intelligentsia and sparked a Baroque revival in the city - a heritage still very much evident in Ouro Preto's preserved colonial buildings and churches, art and sculptures (particularly the sculptures of Aleijadinho, one of Brazil's most famous artists). In 1789, Ouro Preto became the birthplace of the Inconfidência Mineira, a failed attempt to gain independence from Portugal. The leading figure, Tiradentes, was hanged as a threat to any future revolutionaries. Ouro Preto is a fascinating place to explore - the surviving colonial buildings are fantastically preserved and the city is refreshingly free from modern development (any new buildings must be constructed in line with the town's historical aesthetic). There are several old mines that are open for visitors, providing a glimpse of how life was for the miners all those years ago.
Included Activities
  • Boat trip
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will enjoy a half day guided tour of Ouro Preto, well known for its colonial architecture and the first Brazilian town to be considered a UNESCO world heritage site. In the afternoon enjoy some free time to explore the town, visit the museum or some of the stunning baroque churches. There are some fantastic cafes and restaurants in Ouro Preto. Don't forget your camera today, Ouro Preto one of the most picturesque towns on our itinerary! We will stay at a local hostel.


Activity Approximate Cost
Head underground into the gold mines of Ouro Preto BRL 60
Time to explore unique colonial Ouro Preto and its architectural heritage Included in Kitty
Learn all about the failed uprising against the Portuguese in 1789 at the Museum of the Inconfidencia, or visit the Mineralogy Museum to see some of the gems mined in the area BRL 30
Visit the village of Congonhas near Ouro Preto and see the remarkable statues of the Twelve Prophets by Aleijadinho, an accomplished sculptor who worked depsite losing his hands to leprosy Free
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
We have a full day drive through the Brazilian countryside. We will find a nice spot and camp for the night near Tres Marias. Approximate driving Time - 400km / 8hrs
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we arrive in the futuristic capital of Brasilia. In the morning we will enjoy a guided tour of this fascinating city, which was designed and built to be the Brazilian Government's headquarters in 1960. The city is designed to resemble a plane, and is a UNESCO heritage site, housing some incredible, futuristic style Cathedrals and Monuments. Approximate driving time - 550km / 10hrs In Brasilia we will camp in a campsite on the edge of town

Activity Approximate Cost
Full day guided tour of Brasilia Included in Kitty

About Brasília:
Brasília is the capital city of Brazil, founded in 1960 by the President Juscelino Kubitschek in order to move the capital from Rio de Janeiro to a more geographically-central location in the country. The city is one of the major examples of the 20th Century's modern movement in architecture and urban planning - with Oscar Niemeyer and Lúcio Costa as was the chief architects, the construction of Brasília was incredible feat that turned unpopulated swampland into a purpose-built city in just 41 months between 1956 and 1960. The city's unique style and history have earned it UNESCO World Heritage status, and exploring the city really does envelop you in the feeling of being time-warped into a 1960s vision of the future!

To really appreciate the plan of the city with its aeroplane-like shape, try a trip up the television tower for a panoramic view of the city. The Metropolitan Cathedral, shaped like a crown of thorns with angel statues suspended from the ceiling, should not be missed, neither should the incredible blue stained glass of Dom Bosco Cathedral. Other fascinating buildings include the National Congress and Senate, the Juscelino Kubitschek Memorial and the incredible JK Bridge.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
After our morning tour of the city, we will drive to the chilled out town of Alto Paraiso, which will be our base for exploring the Chapada dos Veadeiros. Alto Paraiso is crossed by Parallel 14 (in the same way as Machu Picchu) and is at the centre of some fantastic stories of space ships and aliens! Drive time approx 3hrs, 150km We will camp in a well equipped camp site.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
We have two full days to explore the National Park. The Chapada dos Veadieros is one of Brazil's hidden gems, one of the oldest and most beautiful tropical ecosystems in South America and home to incredible waterfalls, rock formations, caves and grottoes. This morning we will have an included visit to the Vale da Lua or the Valley of the Moon, so called due to the rock formations giving it an appearance similar to the moon. This area is perfect for hiking, horse and bike riding and of course swimming in natural pools and soaking up the parks atmosphere. It is said that due to the high amount of quartz in the ground, that this Chapada is glows from space!

About Chapada Dos Veadeiros National Park:
Located in the State of Goiás, about 250 km from Brasília, the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park is, according to NASA, the most luminous point seen from the Earth's orbit. This is due to the quantity of quartz crystals present in the soil, besides several other metals and minerals. The main river that flows in Veadeiros National Park is Rio Preto. Along its course, there are many spectacular waterfalls, including Rio Preto Falls (120 metres high, 80 metres at the base) and the Cariocas. The canyons are just as beautiful, with walls of up to 40 metres high and valleys of up to 300 metres. Forests are also present in the region, and are well worth exploring primarily because of the rich variety of flora, more than 25 species of orchids can be found for example. The rich fauna of the region includes species threatened with extinction such as the Pantanal deer, the Jaguar, the Maned Wolf. More common are the Rhea (Brazilian ostrich), Seriema, Tapeti, Armadillo (Tatu
Canastra), Anteater, Capybara (Capivara), Tapir (Anta), Green-Beek Toucan, Black Vulture, King Vulture. While the forests are home to this amazing wildlife it can be quite difficult to see, nonetheless this is a great place for us to explore for the amazing flora and landscape alone.
Included Activities
  • Two night Pantanal adventure
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Over the next two days we will travel overland across the central Brazilian countryside, towards the town of Lencois and the stunning Chapada Diamantina, bush camping en route. On Day 9 we will aim to travel approximately 500km / 9hrs and find a nice bush camp along the way. On Day 10 we will aim to travel 400km / 8hrs, we stay in an eco-tourism campsite in the laid back town of Lencois.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
We will spend 2 full days in Lencois, the gateway to Chapada da Diamantina National Park. A former diamond-mining town in Bahia. Lencois's friendly inhabitants, great restaurants, cobbled streets and brightly coloured buildings make it a great town to explore.

The Chapada Diamantina could be one of the most striking national parks in South America and Lencois is the perfect base for our adventures. Here we have the opportunity to hike, ride, kayak, relax by awesome waterfalls, take a dip in the rivers and explore intriguing cave systems. We will camp in Lencois for two nights.

Activity Approximate Cost
Head into the beautiful Chapada Diamantina National Park Included in Kitty


About Chapada Da Diamantina National Park:
In the hinterland of Salvador, just outside of the town of Lençóis, lies the Chapada Diamantina, or Diamond Highlands. Valleys of lush green dotted with bright tropical flowers surround a mountain range of twisted red-rock formations reminiscent of the American Southwest. Numerous small rivers carve their way through the highlands, splashing over waterfalls and natural slides. There are also numerous caves, some many kilometers long. Many are quite popular, some just being discovered, some restricted yet to geologists who are trying to figure out just how they and the rock formations they contain were formed.


The gateway community of Lençóis is an old colonial town of stone streets and little churches, with little signs of the modern world. The attractions here are entirely natural. We have the chance to walk the highlands, explore caves, mountain bike old miners' tracks, and swim in natural pools and waterfalls. This
is the Brazil that so many travellers miss. It is the other Brazil, away from the crowds of Rio and from the beaches or famous sites. This is the sort of place that you can visit so easily on an overland trip but that is so often inaccessible to the normal tourist or traveller. Here you will have the opportunity to trek to many of the locations within the park, depending on your fitness and sense of adventure but either way is a wonderful place to spend a few days.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
We head to the coast today, to the beautiful beach town of Itacare, with it's stunning Atlantic rainforest, laid back eco-friendly cafes and bars, and the opportunity to surf, relax and explore. Approximate Driving Time - 515km / 9hrs Tonight we will camp in a Campsite with facilities

About Itacare:
Itacare is a small eco-friendly town just south of Salvador, located in the cocoa region of Bahia state. White sandy beaches, great food, friendly locals, wild nature and fantastic surf make this town a popular place to spend a day or two. Itacare offers 20 miles of picture perfect beach, warm oceans, lots of cool bars and cafes.
Included Activities
  • Visit Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls (entrance fee included)
  • Visit Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls (entrance fee included)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we have a free day to explore the area, enjoy the beach, take part in some of the many adventure activities available here, or visit the stunning Peninsula de Marau, stopping off at Praia Taipus de Fora and Lagoa Azul. We will camp this evening at a campsite with facilities.

Activity Approximate Cost
Take part in a range of adventure activities from horses riding, rafting, canyoning, mountain biking, kayaking and even off road adventures USD 50-100
Head to the southern beaches for some surfing or chill out on the beach and relax Free

Take a day trip to explore the Peninsula de Marau, with it's gorgeous beaches, Camambu bay's nature reserve and relaxed viallges. USD 75

Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we drive to the beautiful town of Salvador da Bahia. Salvador is a vibrant and exciting place to visit, with its bright colonial architecture, tasty street food scene, great music and impressive Capoeira, there's plenty to keep us busy for 2 days. We stay just by the old centre of Pelourinho in a lovely hotel. Approximate driving time - 250km / 7hrs


Activity Approximate Cost
Watch a candomblé ceremony in Salvador USD 40

About Salvador Da Bahia:
Situated on a peninsular jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, Salvador da Bahia was the capital of Brazil when it was first colonised, but now it can only claim to be the capital of the state of Bahia. Bahia is strongly influenced by its links with Africa, both in its language, religion, food, dance and music, and this certainly dominates the atmosphere in Salvador. If time allows we will take in a night at the Bale Folclorico da Bahia or the Oludum drummers for a taste of local traditions.

Apart from the historic interest of the town, there are some excellent beaches to visit nearby, but you should definitely try to get to a 'Candomble' evening while you are here. Candomble is a popular religious cult in the region, and the ceremonies offer a fascinating insight into the culture of this area. Salvador is also well known for its spectacular Carnival and other festivities, but the nightlife is good here at any time of the year.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Free time to explore the energetic and vibrant city of Salvador, known around the world for its Carnaval festivities. Salvador is home to over 300 churches, the historic centre is recognised by UNESCO and full of interesting architecture, brightly coloured buildings and cobblestone streets. It's an excellent place to witness the African culture in music and dance and enjoy some delicious street food.


Activity Approximate Cost
Visit the Forte Santo Antonioa da Barra, Brazil's oldest lighthouse, for panoramic views of the city. USD 10
Visit a Capoeira school, to watch the Brazilian martial art, combining elements of dance, acrobatics and music. Free
Included Activities
  • Jesuit Mission ruins and museum, San Ignacio de Mini
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is the final day for passengers finishing their trip in Salvador. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact your Sales agent if you would like to book an extra night of accommodation or to continue the journey north. Border information: If you are leaving in Salvador, exit Brazil at Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport (IATA: SSA)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Welcome to Salvador! Today there is an important group meeting at 18:00hrs, please meet at the Hotel reception. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy Salvador.

Border information: If you are starting in Salvador, enter Brazil at Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport (IATA code: SSA) In Salvador we stay in a comfortable hotel
Hotel for the night: Pousada de Mangueira
09 Ladeira da Saúde
Bairro da Saúde
Salvador
Bahia
Brazil

Activity Approximate Cost
Watch a candomblé ceremony in Salvador Included in Kitty
Visit the Forte Santo Antonioa da Barra, Brazil's oldest lighthouse, for panoramic views of the city. USD 10
Visit a Capoeira school, to watch the Brazilian martial art, combining elements of dance, acrobatics and music. Free

About Salvador Da Bahia:
Situated on a peninsular jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, Salvador da Bahia was the capital of Brazil when it was first colonised, but now it can only claim to be the capital of the state of Bahia. Bahia is strongly influenced by its links with Africa, both in its language, religion, food, dance and music, and this
certainly dominates the atmosphere in Salvador. If time allows we will take in a night at the Bale Folclorico da Bahia or the Oludum drummers for a taste of local traditions.

Apart from the historic interest of the town, there are some excellent beaches to visit nearby, but you should definitely try to get to a 'Candomble' evening while you are here. Candomble is a popular religious cult in the region, Salvador is also well known for its spectacular Carnival and other festivities, but the nightlife is good here at any time of the year.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we head north up the coast of Bahia, into the state of Sergipe. Along the way we will make a stop at the Projeto Tamar - a research station involved in the protection of Brazil's fives species of turtle, which spans 1000km and 9 of Brazil's states. The best time to visit is September to March when the spawning occurs.

Afterwards we will continue our journey north to Aracaju, where we can chill out in one of the town's seafront eateries, listen to some traditional forro music and enjoy the fresh crabs that the town is known for. Approximate Driving time - 332km / 7hrs We will spend the night in a local Pousada

Activity Approximate Cost
Visit the Tamar Turtle Conservation Project Included in Kitty

About Aracaju:
Set in Segipe, the smallest of Brazil's states, Aracaju is a popular weekend getaway for Brazilians, though often overlooked by Tourists. The town boasts beautiful beaches, waterfront restaurants, lively festivals and a picturesque main square, complete with towering cathedral.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
We have a full day drive to the stunning colonial gem of Olinda, considered one of Brazil’s most important historic sites. Approximate Driving Time - 540km / 9hrs We will spend the next two nights in a local Pousada

About Olinda:
Olinda was one of the old capital cities of Brazil and has quite a few historic buildings dating mainly from around the mid-1600's, many of which have been restored. It is a culturally important city, and is home to many artists and musicians. A good spot to have a drink and take in Olinda is the Alto de Se, the highest square in the town, it has stunning views of the skyscrapers of Recife shimmering in the distance.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Explore the beautiful town of Olinda, once known as 'small Lisbon' and the richest town in Brazil. Enjoy wandering the cobblestone streets, check out some of the exquisite churches and definitely make time for lunch at Alto de Se to enjoy the views!

Activity Approximate Cost
Take part in a Capoeira class BRL 30
Visit the imposing 16th Century Igreja da Se, located at Alto da Se (Cathedral Heights) Free
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we have a drive day to the seaside town of Canoa Quebrada. In Canoa Quebrada we will stay in a local Pousada Approximate Driving Time – 629km / 10hrs

About Canoa Quebrada:
Until the mid 1970’s Canoa Quebrada had been but a sleepy fishing village until it began to gain popularity with a group of hippies, who gave to Canoa an air of liberty and tolerance which can be felt until today. The village is now one of the best known and most visited beaches in Ceará with dunes and falesias with heights of up to 30 metres which have served as the stage for several movies of Brazilian cinema and television.

Today, besides the eternally overwhelming landscape, the greatest attractions to enjoy are the buggy tours through the sand dunes along the beach and the red cliffs, and the refreshing dives in the calm blue-green ocean. For the more adventurous there is the opportunity for kite surfing, cliff gliding, capoeira, or you can simply venture through the fishing villages on a long walk or discover the ecological trails that cut through Canoa Quebrada. When the sun begins to set, run to the top of the dunes and you will witness one of the
most spectacular sites in the northeast.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Huge pinkish sand dunes dominate the area of Canoa Quebrada, it's a fantastic spot to kick back and relax after a week of overlanding, or for the more energetic; try your hand at kite surfing, take an evening horseback ride along the beach, head out on a beach buggy. There's a laid back small town to explore too. We will stay in a local pousada

Activity Approximate Cost
Take a 4hr Beach buggy trip to Ponta Grossa BRL 100-350
Take an evening horseback ride on the beach BRL 100
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
An all day drive brings us to the laid back beach town of Jericoacoara, or 'Jeri' as it's affectionately known. Access to Jericoacoara is only by 4x4 through unpaved tracks through the dunes, making it a wonderfully hard to reach place. Approximate Drive time - 440km / 8hrs

About Jericoacoara:
Jericoacoara is a stunning beach area, located close to the equator in the northeast of Brazil. It is a good example of an area embracing the concepts of responsible tourism. Development has been severely restricted and building is only allowed in the nearby fishing village. To get there, you have to drive offpiste across sand dunes for about 15 kms in a 4x4 and this limits the numbers of outsiders who visit the place. It is a remarkably beautiful place with vast fields of sand dunes, turquoise sea and loads to do. For lovers of the natural beauty
there are numerous hikes and trails, which can be accessed on foot or by horse. Alternatively, you may prefer to play around on the dunes on sand buggies or sand boards or to go out on boat trips. It is also an excellent place for windsurfing and other watersports. The area has no big hotels, but has plenty of small restaurants and posadas.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Jericoacoara is a magical place to spend some time; wander the sandy lanes, enjoy the sunset with a caipirinha on the dunes whilst the locals practise their Capoeira, head out on a quad bike adventure to remote lagoons where you can take a dip, laze in a hammock and enjoy a seafood lunch. Jeri is also one of the prime spots for surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing! We will stay in a local Pousada

Activity Approximate Cost
Learn to kitesurf in Jericoacoara USD 160
Take out quad bikes to visit the area aroundJericoacoara USD 65
Visit the beautiful Lagoa Paraiso USD 30
Enjoy the waves and rent a surf board BRL 25-60
Try a 90minute Capoeira class BRL 35
Treat yourself to a relaxing massage during your time away from the truck BRL 150
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we drive to the town of Parnaiba, the gateway to the Parnaiba delta and the Lencois Maranhenses National Park. We will stay the night in a local pousada. Approximate Drive Time - 250km / 3hrs
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today our adventure into the Lencois Maranhenses National Park begins; we head out in 4WD to the port (Porto dos Tatus), where we will take a speed boat to Tatoia, stopping off at some dunes and islands of the famous Parnaiba Delta. Seen from the sky, the meeting point of the Rio Parnaiba and the Atlantic Ocean looks like a giant puzzle, made up of 85 tiny islands. After visiting Tutoia we will spend the night in Atins in a small pousada on a sand bank.

Activity Approximate Cost
Take an overnight 4WD tour of the stunning Lençóis Maranhenses National Park Included in Kitty

About Lencois Maranhenses National Park:
Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, in Maranhão State, is one of Brazil's top natural attractions. It is an ecosystem formed of white sand dunes which cover 383,000 acres and look like bedsheets (lençóis in Portuguese) spread out on the Northeastern coast of Brazil.

Fresh water lagoons that fill up with rainwater, mostly during the first six months of the year, make Lençóis Maranhenses unique. Mangroves, deserted beaches, buritis- a graceful kind of palm tree - and the Preguiças River help compose the park's diversity.

Lençóis Maranhenses has been formed over thousands of years, as the sand from riverbeds is deposited at the mouth of the rivers and brought back to the continent by winds and sea currents. The sand dunes advance as far as 50 kilometres inland and stretch along 43 kilometres of coastline. They are mostly deserted beaches on which sand mixes with mangroves, creating picture perfect vistas.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will head out in motor boats through the Preguica River, to the protected area of Pequeneos Lencois, along the way, we will visit a small fishing village, take a short walk to the lighthouse to enjoy views of the dunes and the Preguicas River. We will spend the night in a Pousada in Barreirinhas.

Activity Approximate Cost
Visit the stunning Lençóis Maranheses National Park Included in Kitty
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning we will head out in 4WD into the lagoons, enjoy a swim and explore the dunes before heading back to the Truck and continuing our journey to the beautiful UNESCO town of Sao Luis. We stay in a local guesthouse. Approximate Driving Time - 250km / 4 hrs

About Sao Luis:
São Luís is the capital of Maranhão, situated in the Bay of San Marcos on the northeastern coast of Brazil south of the Amazon Delta. The French founded the city in 1612 but the Potuguese captured it almost immediately in 1615 and then the Dutch took over for 4 years in 1641. The old city is steeped in an almost
tangible history and has strong traditional folklore. There are excellent museums; the Catedral da Sé', built in 1726 by the Jesuits and a large Frenchbuilt fortress now called the Palácio dos Leões. Today the city is almost more famous for its music and is the centre of reggae culture in Northeast Brazil. It has excellent nightlife, restaurants and numerous festivals throughout the year.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we can enjoy the UNESCO world heritage site of Sao Luis, the only city of Brazil to be founded by the French. The city is full is interesting museums and the historic centre houses beautiful, pastel coloured colonial mansions. You can take a boat trip to the more laid back town of Alcantara, you may spot the
Scarlet Guara birds on your way. We will stay in a local Guesthouse.

Activity Approximate Cost
Set within an impressive mansion, are exhibits of Sao Luis festivals - Carnaval, Bumba, Meu Boi and Divino Espirito Santo Free
Learn about Maranhoas indigenous cultures at the Centro Perquisa de Historia Natural Free
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Our final drive day brings us to Belem where the mighty Amazon River meets the Atlantic. We stay in a local hotel. Approximate Driving time: 574km / 11hrs (including a ferry journey)

About Belem:
Belem holds a strategic place on the mouth of the Amazon River, which is why it grew to be such as large and important port. It has a vibrant market called Mercado Ver-O-Peso, which you can't miss. It sells all manner of local vegetables, fruit, fish and medicinal plants as well as strange artifacts for the local religious cults. Be sure to try out one of the city's excellent fish restaurants before you leave.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is yours to enjoy the port town of Belem, one of the first Portuguese settlements. Explore the historic centre which houses various museums and cathedrals and be sure to visit the Ver-o-Paso Market, considered the largest in South America, with its stalls scattered with Amazonian fish, baskets of Acai, herbs and crafts.

Activity Approximate Cost
Visit the iconic, waterfront colonial Ver-o-Peso market. Free
The Cidade Velha is home to most of Belem's museums, with four plazas and and riverside location. Free
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Belem. Please note that there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact your Sales agent if you would like to book additional nights in the hotel. If you are continuing your trip to Boa Vista, we will depart early this morning on a passenger boat to Macapa.

Border information: If you are leaving in Belem, you will most likely exit Brazil at Val de Cans–Júlio Cezar Ribeiro International Airport (IATA: BEL)

Activity Approximate Cost
Visit the iconic, waterfront colonial Ver-o-Peso market. Free
The Cidade Velha is home to most of Belem's museums, with four plazas and and riverside location. Free
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Welcome to French Guiana!, today there is an important meeting at 18:00, please meet in the hotel reception. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy Cayenne.

Border Information - If joining the trip at Cayenne, you will fly into Cayenne Félix Eboué International Airport (IATA code: CAY) In Cayenne we stay in a comfortable hotel.
Hotel for the night: Hotel des Amandiers
Place des Amandiers
97300 CAYENNE
French Guiana

Activity Approximate Cost
Take a 2-hour kayaking trip to the Iles Dupont; sea islets positioned less than a half- mile off the beach of Cayenne’s Grand Hotel de Montabo. This site is perfect for the observation of sea turtles and dolphins. EUR 29

Take an afternoon and evening trip in a pirogue (dugout canoe) up the Kaw River to view the lora and fauna of the marshes and in the evening go in search Caiman EUR 55
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will enjoy a half day walking tour around Cayenne. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy, perhaps even take a Kayaking trip to the Ilets du pont. Depending on departure days we may choose to visit the Space station at Kourou ths morning.

Activity Approximate Cost
Take a boat trip to the Iles du Salut, the Devils islands; explore the old church, school and hospital of Ilhe Royale, photograph the native wildlife and even take a dip in the convicts swimming pool! EUR 50

Take a 3hr walking tour of Cayenne; climb up Cépénou hill to enjoy a panoramic view of the city; the visit will take you through numerous key spots of historical, cultural or natural interest. Included in Kitty
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will head out to the town of Kourou; the site of the European Space station and the starting point for boat trips around the former penal colony on Devil’s Island, one of the infamous Iles du Salut, off the coast of French Guiana. The ordeal of Frenchman Henri Charriere, who spent 12 years here, would later inspire the book Papillon. We will camp this evening in the surrounding area. 100km / 2hrs

Activity Approximate Cost
Visit the international Spaceport in Kourou Included in Kitty
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we will visit the European Space Centre near Kourou, en route to the town of Saint Laurent du Maroni.
Approximate drive time - 3hrs / 190km We will stay in a local guesthouse

Activity Approximate Cost
Take a boat trip to the Iles du Salut, the Devils islands; explore the old church, school and hospital of Ilhe Royale, photograph the native wildlife and even take a dip in the convicts swimming pool! Included in Kitty
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we have a free day to explore the border town of Saint Laurent du Maroni, located on the Maroni river, with its interesting and dark history as an arrival point for prisoners during the 19th Century.

Activity Approximate Cost
This river tour will take you to the “Ile Portal” river island, the Amerindian village of Biguiston and its polishing stones and finally to the Wacapou creek. EUR 40
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we travel by ferry across the Maroni River to Albina in Suriname. At certain times of the year, it may be possible to arrange a local boat to take us to the turtle nesting site of Galibi further north. Please note that if this is not available due to local circumstances or the timing, we may choose to head directly to Paramaribo.

Border Information: Exit French Guiana at Saint Laurent du Maroni, Enter Suriname at Albina
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
We continue our journey west to the lively capital Paramaribo. This evening we may choose to take an evening sunset boat trip in the hope of seeing some Dolphins playing in the Suriname River.
Approximate Driving Time: 145km / 3hrs
In Paramaribo we stay in a locally owned hostel in dorms and twin rooms with shared bathrooms.

Activity Approximate Cost
Take a sunset boat trip in search of Dolphins, tour includes snacks and drinks. Included in Kitty
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we have a full day to explore Paramaribo's historic inner city and the Commewijne area. You can easily explore the historic centre on foot, visiting Fort Zeelandia and the Suriname museum, and enjoying the fantastic architecture of Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral, one of the largest wooden buildings in the western hemisphere, or hire a bike and take a boat across the river to cycle the peaceful Commewijne Plantation Loop, visit the star shaped fort at Neiu Amsterdam. There are plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from.

Activity Approximate Cost
Take a tour to explore the historical timeline of Suriname and its bitter-sweet sugar past. EUR 65
A day filled with authentic Maroon culture, art, music and dance. EUR 75
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning we leave the truck behind and set off for an unforgettable adventure into the interior of Suriname. We will travel by minibus for approximately 190km to the port at Atjoni, we then hop on a boat for approx 1hr trip along the Suriname River, deep into the rainforest where we will stay for two nights on our own private island! Be sure to pack light for this excursion, as we can only take a small bag each with us. We will stay in comfortable cabins and enjoy our own pool. All meals are provided during our visit, though you will need a small amount of money for drinks and tips for our local guide.


About Upper Suriname Area:
We will stay in a nature resort located in the Upper Suriname area on an island in the Ferulasi region. During our stay you can relax and unwind in the stunning natural setting. Or you can take part in various activities such as cultural workshops, forest walks, canoe trips or visit the local population. The pristine rainforest, turbulent rapids, beautiful flora and fauna, idyllic islands and the fascinating Maroon culture make for a truly unforgettable experience.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
During our stay we can visit local villages, walk around the island in the hope of meeting some of its furry inhabitants and learn about the medicinal plants, try to spot Caiman on a night time canoe trip, take a dip in the river at the Ferulassi rapids - a natural Jacuzzi, and relax on the island by our pool, spot the kingfishers on the banks of the river and enjoy the tranquillity of the Amazon Rainforest. We will stay in comfortable cabins.
All meals are provided.

Activity Approximate Cost
Spend 2 nights / 3 days on an all inclusive island retreat in the Suriname River, surrounded by dense rainforest, birdlife and opportunities to visit local communities. Included in Kitty
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning is free for you to enjoy how you wish, walk, swim or relax and after lunch we will transfer back to Paramaribo.

Activity Approximate Cost
An evening tour to visit the Sea Turtles in their natural habitat. EUR 75
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Paramaribo and its surroundings definitely deserve at least one more day for exploration. Today is yours to spend as you wish; take a boat trip to Jordensavanne, take part in a Moengo Cultural experience, go walking in the Peperpot Nature reserve or Brownsberg Nature Park, learn the art of Surinamese cookery, or take part in one of the many day tours available.

Activity Approximate Cost
Take a boat trip to the ruins of Jodensavanne with its influential history EUR 85
Visit the partly renovated plantation Peperpot and take a walk in the nature park EUR 39
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we have a big drive from Paramaribo, across the border by Ferryboat to the Guyana Capital, Georgetown.

Border information: Exit Paramaribo, Enter Guyana In Georgetown we stay in a central located, basic but cosy, locally run hostel, with shared bathrooms in a combination of twin and dorm rooms.

About Georgetown:
Georgetown is the capital of Guyana, known as the 'Garden City' of the Caribbean, despite actually being on the Atlantic. It's wide, tree-lined avenues and canals follow the layout of the old sugar estates. There are stunning colonial buildings everywhere, as well as botonical gardens and even a National Park, where you can visit the resident Manatees who live in the lakes here. From Georgetown you can take a lightaircraft to visit the magnificent Kaieteur Falls, one of the highest single drop waterfalls in the world, and home to incredible wildlife such as the stunning, orange Cock of the Rock and the tiny Golden Frogs.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Take a morning tour of the city, explore the old canals and great sea wall, visit incredible wooden cathedrals, the huge market and try to spot the manatees swimming in the National park's lake. Georgetown is a busy place, and feels happily free from mass tourism. Be sure to take your camera!

Activity Approximate Cost
Enjoy a City Tour of historic Georgetown USD 30
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we have a second free day in the city. Perhaps one of the greatest highlights of Guyana is the spectacularly remote and impressive Kaieteur Falls, one of the tallest single drop waterfalls in the world, and reachable only by light aircraft. Take a half day flight to the falls and then enjoy a walking tour to the Falls and search for the tiny golden rocket frogs, hiding in the tank bromeliads leaves, as well as an impressive variety of butterflies, you may also be lucky enough to spot the bright orange Guayanan Cock of the Rocks.

Activity Approximate Cost
Take a full day trip to the Arrowpoint Nature Resort USD 110
Take a half day trip by light aircraft to the awesome Kaieteur Falls. USD 195
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today the adventure really begins, as we travel south into the Guyanan Interior. We enjoy the comforts of a tarmac road for around 120km, as far as the town of Linden, and then the dirt road begins! it's the only road that connects Georgetown to Brazil, at some times of the year it becomes impassable due to the rains, but most of the time you'll find trucks and minibuses happily bumping along the road transporting people to and from Lethem. Many people choose to fly to the jungle resorts, but as overlanders we will get to enjoy the pristine rainforest - keep your eyes peeled in case of the illusive jaguar road crossing!

Please note we will likely set off very early today in order to make the most of the coller parts of the day.
Driving Distance: 400km / 12 hours Today we will camp or stay in bunk rooms in the Iwokrama Forest, with basic amenities.

Activity Approximate Cost
Take a short walk into the rainforest to search of the brightest bird of the jungle - the Guianan Cock of the Rocks Included in Kitty
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
We are deep in the Guyanan rainforest, based beside the river which gives us some unique wildlife spotting opportunities in one of the most pristine and untouched eco-systems in the world. We have a variety of options for us including walking, bird watching, canoeing trips, nocturnal wildlife spotting and
even a spot of swimming (if the watre is low enough). Today we will have an opportunity to visit the Iwokrama Forest Canopy Walkway, set 30metres above the forest floor and providing a unique opportunity to experience the jungle's mid-level canopy through a series of suspension bridges and decks. Visits during dusk or dawn are best for bird spotting of Macaws and Tucans, you may even be lucky enough to see Red
Howler Monkeys.

Activity Approximate Cost
Head out in a canoe on the river USD 12
Go in search of wildlife and the illusive Jaguar on an evening drive along the Iwokrama Rainforest passage. USD 65
Take a nature trail with a local guide into the forest Included in Kitty
During low water season take a boat trip along the river to find the ancient Petroglyphs, estimated to be over 600 years old USD 15-20
We will stay in the heart of the Iwokrama Forest at a jungle lodge where we have time to explore
the rainforest and observe the wildlife and birdlife. Included in Kitty
Iwokrama Canopy Walkway offers a unique experience in the region and envelopes you in the jungle’s mid-level canopy through a series of suspension bridges and decks from heights of up to 30 metres (98 ft.). Included in Kitty
Take an evening trip on the river to spot Caiman USD 30
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we leave the dense rainforest behind and head towards a village settlement in an area of Savannah. Here we stay in hammocks or camp, all meals are included, we can go on a village walk, spot birds and wildlife, hike up the nearby mountain or take a canoe trip.

Activity Approximate Cost
We will spend two days in the Rupununi Savannah area of Guyana; staying at a local village eco-camp, with all meals included; here we can have a village tour, take a wildlife walk, experience the forest after dark. We
have the option of climbing a nearby mountain or taking a canoe trip. Included in Kitty
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we head further south and into the more open savannah area, where we will have further opportunities for sportting wildlife, photography, walking and cultural activities. Today we will camp with basic facilities.

Activity Approximate Cost
Half Day Horse Riding in the Savannah USD 20
Full day bicycle Hire to explore the area USD 20
Head out for a guided hike USD 10
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This is our final day in Guyana, we will head south past the town of Lethem and onto the city of Boa Vista in Brazil

(Please note that it is possible to fly from Lethem to Georgetown for approximately 150USD, for outbound international flights). Drive time - 245km / 5 hrs
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is the final day for passengers finishing their trip in Boa Vista. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking an extra night of accommodation in order to fully explore the area.

Border Information: if you are finishing in Boa Vista, you will most likely exit Brazil at Boa Vista-Atlas Brasil Cantanhede International Airport (AITO code: BVB)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

No meals are included on this tour

Transport

Overland expedition vehicle, 4x4, Public bus, Boat, Canoe

Accommodation

Bush camp (no facilities) (4 nights), Camping (with facilities) (39 nights), Hacienda (2 nights), Hostel (1 night), Hotel (7 nights)

Included activities

  • Boat trip
  • Two night Pantanal adventure
  • Visit Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls (entrance fee included)
  • Visit Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls (entrance fee included)
  • Jesuit Mission ruins and museum, San Ignacio de Mini

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Important notes

1. This trip is run by our experienced overland partner Dragoman.
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