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Lençóis Maranhenses

Photographic Expedition with Renato Machado


A little about this wonderful destination.

The Lençóis Maranhenses National Park is a protected area on the northern Atlantic coast of Brazil. It is known for its vast desert landscape of large white sand dunes and seasonal rainwater lagoons.


Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Bonita are two of the largest lagoons. The park's diverse ecosystem includes mangrove swamps. The neighboring cities of Barreirinhas and Santo Amaro do Maranhão serve as gateways to the park. 

This is where the great adventure happens. The Lençóis Photographic Expedition is dedicated to nature lovers, whether photographers or not.

Be my guest and come and photograph the beauties of Lençóis in the wonderful state of Maranhão.



Period: September 8th to 14th, 2024

Individual investment:

R$ 6.100.00  (accommodation in a double room)  R$ 7.100.00 (accommodation in a single room) 

Target Audience: Interested in landscape photography, wildlife, astrophotography, travel and nature.

Payment Terms: 


  • Cash 7% discount

  • Option 1: 40% deposit and balance via transfer in up to 4 interest-free installments

    * Consult other payment methods



1st day  08/09 -São Luís do Maranhão - Home

Everyone will be received at the hotel in São Luis do Maranhão for a welcome dinner, scheduled for 8 pm  and a briefing on the itinerary of this wonderful expedition. After the briefing, a well-deserved rest for the adventure that awaits us.

Note: Everyone must be at the hotel with check-in by 7:30 pm. Transfer to the hotel is at the expense of each participant.


2nd day 09/09 –São Luís / Barreirinhas / PNLM (Mirar das Estrelas – Lagoa Azul)

At 8:30 in the morning we left for Barreirinhas via land transfer (260 km in approximately 4 hours, via asphalt road). Stop for a snack (not included) in the city of Morros. Arrival and accommodation. At 3:30 pm transfer to hotel/ferry to cross the Preguiças River, which gives access to the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park (PNLM). The trail journey lasts an average of 45 minutes, at the foot of the dunes we get out of the vehicle and start walking to the best point to enjoy the sunset with free time for photography. After this spectacle, free time in the lagoons and short walks nearby. From 7pm onwards the sky will have beautiful stars for observation, after a picnic lunch we will return to Barreirinhas at 9pm. Free night. Overnight in Barreirinhas with breakfast.


3rd day  10/09 –Barreirinhas / PNLM (Breakfast – Lagoa Bonita)

At 03:30 am transfer to hotel/ferry to cross the Preguiças River which gives access to the Lençóis Maranhense National Park - PNLM. The trail journey lasts an average of 45 minutes, arriving at the chosen location we can contemplate the starry sky and the lights of Barreirinhas in the distance. We will enjoy the sunrise with plenty of free time for photography. Then have a beautiful breakfast overlooking the lagoons of Lençóis Maranhense. After this show, return to Barreirinhas at 8:30 am. Overnight in Barreirinhas with breakfast.


4th day  11/09 –Barreirinhas / Rio Preguiças / Atins / Canto de Atins

At 8:30 am transfer to the port of Barreirinhas. We sailed the Rio Preguiças (the origin of its name would be the presence of many sloths that inhabited the forests on the banks of the river, in addition to having its calm and calm waters, influenced by the ebb and flood currents) towards Foz do Rio , before we pass through the vegetation made up of palm trees and mangroves on its banks. Our first stop is in Vassouras (Pequenos Lençóis). Free time to meet the capuchin monkeys that inhabit the mangrove next to the beach (Do not feed the monkeys). We will follow the river where on the right bank are the towns of Espadarte, Morro do Boi and Moitas (towns inhabited by fishermen) with the beautiful beaches and dunes of Pequenos Lençóis until reaching the town of Mandacaru, where the Preguiças Lighthouse is located. We will climb the lighthouse, from where it is possible to have a privileged view of the region, we will see the dunes, the river, its mouth, the ocean and the typical vegetation. After visiting the lighthouse, the boat will continue to Atins Beach, transfer to the hotel at around 1pm. At 3pm board a 4x4 and head for a visit to the seasonal lagoons (Canto do Atins), free time for photography until 7pm. After this time, we return to the chosen Inn. Overnight in Atins with breakfast.



5th day 12/09 –Atins / Ponta do Mangue / Revoada

In the morning at 4am, board a 4x4 and head to visit the Ponta do Mangue Lagoons with free time to photograph the sunrise. Return to Atins at 8am. At 4:30 pm transfer to the inn/port and board a flying boat to the point where we can see the Guarás nestling down to sleep (Flock). The Maned Man is one of the most spectacular birds on the globe, its plumage is crimson red when adult, its color is due to a red pigment present in the little crabs on which it feeds. It walks slowly in shallow water, with the tip of its beak submerged, opening and closing its jaws in search of crabs, such as the Chama-Maré or Sarará and Maraquani. After the flight, we returned to Atins. Overnight in Atins with breakfast.



6th day 13/09 –Atins / Barreirinhas / São Luís

At 1pm transfer to the port of Atins and board a flying boat bound for Barreirinhas. Arrival and board the car to return to São Luís by land (260 km in approximately 4 hours on asphalt road). Estimated arrival in São Luis approximately between 17:00 and 18:00. We will check in at the hotel and end the expedition.

Note: everyone will have the option of staying at the hotel that day with breakfast. The transfer to the airport will be at the expense of each participant.

7th day 14/09 –Saint Louis

Everyone will have the right to a well-deserved rest at the wonderful Hotel Luzeiros. Check-out until 11:00. The transfer to the airport will be at the expense of each participant.


Fabio Bittar , São José dos Campos

“I've been on two other Photo tours with Renato Machado. The experiences lived in those days will be carried forever."

Flavio Juraszek, Curitiba

"A sensational event. The selection of places allowed us not only to enjoy this wonderful nature in  Urubici, but also to improve our techniques."

Marcelo Bargiela , São Paulo

“It was simply fantastic. His work in choosing the location, itinerary and monitoring revealed care and respect.”


My name is Renato Machado

photographer and author of  books  Secret Landscapes of Southern Brazil and Canyons and Balloons, he has dedicated himself to photography for over 10 years.

During this time, he traveled through the Sahara Desert, Egypt, Norway, Easter Island, the Polynesian Archipelago, however  It was in 2015, after a trip to Patagonia, that his passion became a serious matter in his life, and he specialized in landscape photography. Born in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Renato has participated in international competitions such as the Sony World Photography Award and Zeiss Photography Award 2016, in addition to having photos published in National Geographic and Fotografe Melhor. 

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Cancellation Policy

To confirm the expedition, a minimum number of 6 participants will be required. If the contractor withdraws, on the trip,  the deposit amount will not be refundable. Confirming the group, the signal value will be deducted from the input.

If the trip does not take place due to force majeure, a new date suggestion will be presented. If the contractor is not available, the amount paid to date will be fully refunded.


If the registrant withdraws, he/she must formalize in writing  to email


Other variations to the cancellation policy will be handled as follows:

- Up to  90 (ninety) days before the trip  payment of  down payment  of 40% (forty percent);

- More than 45 (forty-five) days  and less than 90 (ninety) days of the trip fine of 60% (sixty percent) of the contracted amount;

- Less than 45 (forty-five) days before the start of the trip will not provide the right to a refund of the amounts paid.


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