São Luís Airport – São Luís Centre
Regular Airport licensed taxis to the Centro Historico:
- ~ R$ 50
Economic option: ~800 metres outside the airport by the second roundabout (keep left when exiting the airport) you can find lots of Moto- and regular (non-Airport licensed) taxis waiting.
# 901 to São Cristóvão leaves every ~20 minutes (from around 06.00 – 21.30) from the bus stop on the left hand side on the parking lot close to the barriers. On weekends it operates hourly.
São Luís – Barreirinhas (280km)
Cisne Branco, leaving from the rodoviária (bus station) near the airport. Can be convenient when coming straight from the airport, otherwise bear in mind getting from the centre of town to the rodoviária will most likely incur another taxi ride.
- 06.00 – 08.45 – 14.00 – 19.30
- ~ 4.5 hrs
- R$ 51
Taxis leave whenever they have a full car and can pick you up at your hotel. The Cooperativa is between the airport (800m) and the rodoviária. If you’re headed straight from the airport to Barreirinhas it will be handy to book ahead.
- ~ 3.5 hrs
- R$ 70 per person
Coopcart: Tel. +55 98 3258 9239
Cooptaxi: Tel. +55 98 3349 1059
CTB: Tel. +55 98 3349 1984
Leaving between 05.00 – 07.00 in the morning.
- ~ 4 hrs
- 60 R$ per person
Bratur: Tel. + 55 98 3236 6056, 98 99114 5813, [email protected]
Fanttur: Tel. +55 98 3236 1608
Franktur: Tel. +55 98 98857 7752, 98 99163 7766, 98 98127 0207, 98 98417 3434
Garcia Transportes: Tel. +55 98 3259 2941, 98 9131 1443, 98 98895 4486, 98 98138 2960
Levatur: Tel. +55 98 3349 0793, 98 99969 4544
Santur: Tel. +55 98 3248 3072, 99975 0199
Barreirinhas – Atins (~30km)
Leaving between 10.00 – 11.00 daily except Sunday. Multiple cars leave from Agro Veterinária Correa which sita one street parallel back from the main road (Banco Do Brasil) on Rua Maj. Galas. You’ll sometimes find another departure time between 13:00 – 15:00.
- ~ 2 hrs
- R$ 25 per person
Speed / Tourist Boat
At the moment there is no regular direct service from Barreirinhas to Atins. The Agência Atins Lençóis offers a transfer if they have sufficient demand to fill a boat.
- ~ 1 hour
- R$ 50 per person
Alternatively you can take the full tourist trip taking in the Rio Preguiças with stops in Vassouras, Mandacarú and Caburé.
- ~ 5 hrs
- R$ 80 per person
You can try to call ahead and book your spaces with Marcilio on + 55 98 3349 1360, 98 98865 0905, or 98 99137 0339.
Your last option is to speak to the box kiosk on the docks or individual touts and negotiate a fare for a private boat.
- ~ R$ 300 – R$ 350 (4 – 6 people)
Alternatively, your Pousada in Atins will organise a boat transfer for you. This may have the advantage that you are already grouped with others and can co-ordinate travel times to align with your schedule.
Jericoacoara – Barreirinhas (~ 400km)
- 7 hrs
- ~ R$ 1200 per car (up to 4 persons)
The Discovery Brasil Tours agency in Barreirinhas may offer a cheaper rate if they have a car waiting to return from Jeri to Barreirinhas on your departure day. Jeri Moon Agency (ask for Dadinho) in Jericoacoara is also said to make special offers from R$ 1000 per car (also up to 4 persons).
2 – 3 days tour from Jeri to the Lençóis Maranhenses. Several agencies and numerous private drivers offer various packages. Shop around, especially during low season.
- 2 – 3 days
- R$ 1500 per car (up to 4 persons, transport only)
Jericoacoara – Camocim
Along the beach. It’s a very scenic trip , book in any of the agencies in Jeri.
- ~ 2 hrs
Inland via Jijoca on the main road. Book in Global Connection, Jeri.
Camocim – Parnaíba
Continues by bus, get off in in Camurupim to side-track to Barra Grande. As a reference the total price from Jeri to Parnaíba is
- ~ R$ 75
Barra Grande – Parnaíba
- 1 hr
- R$ 5 per person
The Minibus is a little faster than the regular bus.
- R$ 10
Parnaíba – Tutóia
Sometimes agencies offer cheaper fares when they have a return ride on the other end confirmed and otherwise would be doing the outbound run with an empty boat, however the regular prices are:
- ~3 hrs
- ~ R$ 600 for a boat (up to ~12 people)
- R$ 80 per person
Head to the Porto das Barcas to organise a boat trip from Parnaíba to Tutóia. Two of the local agencies are:
Most of the boats actually leave from nearby Tatus, which is about 15 minutes by taxi ( R$ 20) or ~ 30 minutes by public bus (R$ 2.50 per person).
You could also head straight from Parnaíba to Tatus on your own and by public bus and negotiate a fare on site.
For travellers interested in exploring the Delta and its rich fauna and flora it is recommended to arrange a slow boat and spend a full day or two exploring the estuary.
Buses from three companies (Continental, N. Sra. dos Remédios, São Francisco) leave from the Rodoviária Interestadual Parnaíba, Av. Pinheiro Machado 2318
- 06.00 – 10.00 – 12.00 – 12.30 – 16.00
- ~ 3 hrs
- R$ 12
There are also multiple mini buses running regular services.
Tutóia – Paulinho Neves
- ~ 1.5 hrs
- R$ 8 per person
Paulinho Neves – Caburé
- ~ 1 hour
- from R$ ~150 per car
Caburé – Atins
- ~ 1/2 hour
- R$ 25 per person, or
- R$ 50 – 60 per boat
Agencies in Jericoacoara
- Global Connection: Bus tickets to Fortaleza, Fortaleza Airport, Camocim, Parnaíba, São Luís, etc.
- Jeri Ecoturismo: Private cars (4×4) and packaged tours
- Jeri Moon: Dadinho +55 88 8816 1611 / +55 85 9954 1938 [email protected]: Private cars (4×4) and tours
- Unitur: Private cars (4×4) and tours, semi-public Mini buses