Parque Nacional dos Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil

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Parque Nacional dos Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil

1,624.00

Date: May 1 - 7, 2019

Price: $5,650
Deposit: $1,624

7-Day Photographic Adventure (3-days Trekking)

Lençóis Maranhenses national park is a sand dune and lagoon complex that covers 1,500 km2. During our tour, we will use a combination of 4WD, speed boat and trekking to visit the dune complex. The area is vast and the landscape varies from regions that have small lagoons to other regions where the lagoons are the size of large lakes and also contain some of the largest dunes in the park.

The trekking component involves 3-days traversing this dune complex by foot. Sometimes by barefoot, other times with socks in the soft cool sand of the early morning hikes. During the day we can visit the lagoons to swim, so bring your swim wear ! At either end of the trekking we will have additional access to the dunes by 4WD.

Accommodation is a mixture of nice hotels, some lovely guesthouses and while we are trekking, sleeping in open hammocks either outside or in shared quarters.

We will have mules to carry our barest of essentials with us, but we have to cary our cameras and tripods. So packing light with 1 camera and 1 zoom lens is recommended.

The scenery here is beautifully abstract, with soft tones abound, and each evening we will return into the dunes from our oasis to photograph in the evenings. This will either be by 4WD at the start and end of the tour, or by foot while we are in the middle of our trekking.

If you are a regular hiker, love trekking or simply do regular exercise then this trip will be an easy trip to do. 

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Trekking Tour across the Lençois Maranhenses dune complex

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The photographic possibilities whilst doing the early morning treks across the dune complex are wonderful. We will be walking west, with the sun rising behind us, casing beautiful soft light across this massive dune and lagoon complex.

A regular Walker's Tour

If you are regularly active and are more than happy to walk for 4 hours over sand dunes and through lagoons while carrying your camera gear, then you will find this trip mostly easy with it being a little bit tiring on the last day of walking.

A daily outline

During the trekking stage, we will set off each morning around 5am, so we are walking while the temperatures are cool, arriving at our destination around 9am, just before the day warms up too much. During our 3 - 4 hour trek, we will be alone in the sand dune complex with no other tourists, just us, our cameras and beautiful soft warm light!

We will have time during the mornings and afternoons to rest and get shade from the heat at the oasis we will sleep at. In the late afternoon we will venture out into the surrounding sand dune complex where you can swim, before we photograph from sunset until twilight. We will return back for an evening meal and sleeping in open air hammocks, either outside in the warm evening breeze or indoors in shared quarters.

Informal small group setting

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Bruce likes to run his photography-adventures in a friendly, intimate group setting. This trip has a maximum group size of four.

Unlike a lot of tours with up to 12 or 16 people on them, running with a smaller number allows everyone to have space in which to photograph. It also means more quality time for Bruce with each participant. 

This trip is more of a tour* than Bruce's normal workshops, due to the logistics involved, but you will get a lot of hands on experience from Bruce while at the same time, immerse yourself with plenty of time out in the field on your own. 

* Please note that this is not a workshop. It is a photographic tour, focussed on getting you to great locations for the best light.

What's included


• 6 Nights Bed & Breakfast
• 2 Nights in single room in Sao Luis
• 2 Nights in single room in local town guesthouse
• 2 Nights in shared sleeping (hammock) quarters in dune complex
• 4 Evening Dinners
• 3 Lunches
• Local Guide
• One to One Guidance & Group Guidance
• Single Room occupancy (in hotels)
• Hammock sleeping in open areas, while in Dune complex
• Snacks & water during the trek

What's Not included


• Meals in local towns and cities. Food is cheap and I would budget on around $200 USD for additional meals.


A Trekking Tour across sand dunes and through lagoons


To get the most out of this trip, you need to be a keen, regular outdoor walker / trekker. We will do a lot of walking:

Trekking Day 1 :
Morning trek of 6 miles (9km) (3 - 4 hours), evening visits to local dunes of up to 20 minutes walking each way.

Trekking Day 2 :
Morning trek of 6 miles (9km) (3 - 4 hours), evening visits to local dunes of up to 40 minutes walking each way.

Trekking Day 3 :
Morning trek of 11 miles (17km) (6 - 7 hours), evening visits to local dunes ny 4WD.


A Regular Walker's Tour


If you are regularly active and are more than happy to walk for 4 hours over sand dunes and through lagoons while carrying your camera gear, then you will find this trip mostly easy with it being a little bit tiring on the last day of walking.

If you don't do regular exercise then you may find the going much harder, and we would advise that you prepare for this trip by doing some regular hiking with a backpack for 4 hours at a time over the coming months. It will help you be ready for this adventure.

Payment Terms

Initial Depost of 30% required to secure your booking.

Cancellation Policy

The deposit should be regarded as non-refundable, as we have to pay a deposit to our 3rd party suppliers (hotels, studio spaces, tour operators, guides, etc.) in advance to guarantee the services we have booked on your behalf. In the event of a cancellation initiated by you, should there be any costs that are refundable, we will do our utmost to make a refund to you. All cancellations incur a £250 administrative fee (deducted from any refund) for covering the resources involved in the refilling process.

Final Balance

The final balance is due 3 months prior to trip departure.

Your space is only secured if payment is made on time. We reserve the right to cancel your space if we cannot get in touch with you or your final payment is past due.

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