How to go from Barreirinhas to Jericoacoara

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andrejav andrejav
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Transport tips from Barreirinhas to Jericoacoara Jun 14, 2011
This trip is necessary if you want to see both gems of delta coast, Jericoacoara village and Lencois Maranhenes dunes and lakes.

Distance is not huge, but way to do it is not easy.

First you’ll have to take 4x4 truck from Barreirinhas to Paulino Neves, little village in the delta. Road is more than picturesque and could be qualified only as an adventure. It takes around 2 hours to go through send dunes, swamp area, many paddles and small rivers and it costs 20 reales. Truck is great, driver good and two of them leave at the same time from Banco de Brazil on the main street anywhere between 8:30 to 9:00 am.

When you get to Paulino Neves, you’ll have to wait till 1:00pm to go to Tutoia, small town on the way. Road is in perfect condition, new asphalt all the way. Price is 5 reales (10 on Sunday) and you’ll probably have to go with some old truck.

You’ll arrive to Tutuia after 40 minutes and will have to wait until 3:30, when you can board regular bus to Parnaiba, the largest city in the area, but still very lethargic. Trip is 2:30h long and you’ll have to sleep in the town and continue your adventure tomorrow. Bus is older but comfortable, and it is also asphalt road all the way (older road with sizable holes in beginning and then it goes to brand new around half way). We slept in Pousada Litoral, cheapest place in town with amazing breakfast (15r for everything) and right across the bus station.

From Parnaiba you should take early morning bus at 7:15 towards Camuchi, where you’ll arrive in two hours. Bus is great, costs bit more than 17 reales, and road is in excellent condition.

Connection in Camuchi is last leg of the road and it is again Toyota 4x4 because road does not exist so they drive on the beach. Cost of this 4x4 is 25 reales per person, but it could be cheaper if you really try to negotiate. We left around 11:30 and in one hour finally arrived to Jericoacoara, small ex-fishing village nestled between dunes.

I paid around 90 reales total for transportation and it took day and a half to get to Jericoacoara. Trip is incredibly picturesque and not to heavy because you will be switching transport very often. There are easier ways to get directly from Sao Luis to Jijoca, and then take van to Jericoacoara, but then you are missing Lencois which are not to miss...

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Dunes around Parnaiba
andrejav says:
We did not miss any connection. It just takes time to move around. You can sleep in any place you find in town.
Posted on: Feb 20, 2014
Ioana123 says:
hi and thank you for this very informative post. I am looking to do the same trip in April. do you think it's doable for someone who doesn't speak Portuguese? if you miss a connection would you have to wait for a night in that particular location?
Posted on: Feb 20, 2014
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