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Fortaleza to São Luís via Barreirinhas

Fortaleza is a city in Northeastern Brazil.  Fortaleza offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;

  • Dragão do Mar Center of Art And Culture
  • Cocó Park
  • St. Joseph’s Cathedral
  • Ponte dos Ingleses (sunset photography)
  • Espigão da João Cordeiro (and view of the city / sunset photography)
  • Day trips to several beaches
  • Day trips to Morro Branca

Fortaleza has plenty of accommodation options, I’d recommend staying in the centro area.

Espigão da João Cordeiro, Fortaleza, Brazil

Espigão da João Cordeiro, Fortaleza, Brazil

Fortaleza is a city famous for nightlife and for beaches.  You’ll come across lots of people selling tours, often to visit as many as 7 beaches in a day.  I would recommend if you are a beach person that you take a trip to Fortaleza.

I went for an evening run on the beachfront pedestrian area and later on visited the bars of the downtown area at night.  Unfortunately this meant I was too hungover to take a tour to Morro Branca the next day and spent the next day recovering.  I do recommend the nightlife in Fortaleza!

Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil

Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil

Barreirinhas is a city in Northeastern Brazil which is located close to the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park.  Lençóis Maranhenses National Park offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;

  • Unique sand dunes
  • Oasis in the desert
  • Birdwatching
  • Where the Amazon meets the desert

On the way to Sao Luis, I stopped over in Barreirinhas, this is a city and a municipality.  In the city there are many places to stay, and you will find tours to the dunes.  The tour I took was well worth the stop over in Barreirinhas, and one of the best sites of Brazil.  There are sand dunes that have clear water oases, large dunes, also the desert meets the jungle on one side and the ocean on another.  There are lots of birds and monkeys to photograph as well as the amazing views.

Overnight bus from Fortaleza to Sao Luis, 19 hours, 160 Reais
I took the bus to from Fortaleza to Sao Luis and it was easy to organise a stop over in Barreirinhas for a couple of nights then take another bus to Sao Luis from there.  The bus service I used was Guanabara, this is another great bus service in Brazil.

São Luís to Belem