Atins, the Lençóis Maranhenses and the state of Maranhão are located in the far Northeast of Brasil. Large scale tourism has not fully yet hit the region, however the state government of Maranhão is busy developing the industry following the example of its close neighbour Ceará with the capital Fortaleza. When visiting the Lençóis Maranhenses and Atins a number of nearby destinations are worthwhile including in any trip.
The Rota das Emoções (The Route of Emotions) is a new launched tourism initiative connecting the coastal areas from the Lençóis Maranhenses all the way to Jericoacoara. In doing so it stretches across the three states of Maranhão, Piauí and Ceará, and provides access to no less than three national parks, the Lençóis, the Delta do Parnaíba, and the park surrounding Jericoacoara.