Adventure, beaches, lagoons and lots of sun are the main attractions that the Rota das Emoções offers tourists who decide to take this route in some of the most preserved parts of Brazil: Ceará, Piauí and Maranhão, in the Northeast.

In Jericoacoara – EC, passing through Delta do Parnaíba – PI and ending with a golden key in the beautiful ones Maranhão sheets – MA, the Route of Emotions is surprisingly a fantastic tour that passes through one of the most beautiful regions of Brazil.

The Route of Emotions, which connects the three states of northeastern Brazil, has a very varied ecosystem, with seas of perfect waves, great for activities such as kitesurfing, widsurfing, hobbie cat among other water sports. Thus, throughout the route it is possible to discover paradisiacal regions, making it a mandatory stop for lovers of ecotourism, adventure tourism and outdoor sports.

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barriers is the entrance to the park Maranhão sheets, and it is from the city where the boat trips along the Preguiças river leave, with access to the small sheets in the village of Vassouras, the Mandacaru Lighthouse, Praia de Caburé and the village of Atins.

At the Ceará the attraction is the city Jijoca de Jericoacoara, where the famous village of Jericoacoara, considered without a doubt as one of the most beautiful places in Brazil. The sunset dune, Pedra Furada and Lagoon of Paradise are the main points of the region.

The middle of the route is for the Delta of the Parnaíba River and the Piauí coast, located at the northern end of the Piauí, certainly the only delta in the Americas that flows into the open sea and the third largest in the world. The arms of the river form an archipelago with more than 75 islands, dunes, freshwater lagoons and a dense tropical forest.

Cities on the Route of Emotions


Route of Emotions – Maranhão. Photo: Sec Turismo Maranhão

The official Route of Emotions passes through 14 municipalities in the 3 states: Jijoca de Jericoacoara, Barroquinha, Camocim, Chaval and Cruz in Ceará, Cajueiro da Praia, Ilha Grande, Luis Correia and Parnaíba in Piauí and Tutóia, Paulino Neves, Araioses, Barreirinhas and Santo Amaro in Maranhão.


The village is one of the highlights of the route. Jericoacoara It is certainly a true oasis in the midst of the white sand dunes present in this area of Ceará's coast. However, the village has few sandy streets, and is surrounded by crystalline lagoons, idyllic beaches and mangroves.


The small town is just a few kilometers from Jericoacoara and impresses its visitors with its incredibly blue sea. camocim offers good inns by the sea, and a huge range of activities to discover in the region.

Big Bar

the charming village of Big Bar it is part of the municipality of Cajueiro da Praia and was discovered by kitesurfers who passed through the region. The rustic village has a peaceful atmosphere and is the ideal place for those looking for days of peace and privacy.

Luis Correia

Luis Correia is the destination that concentrates the largest number of nearby beaches in the coastal destinations of Piauí. Therefore, the location at the central point of the Route of Emotions helps tourists who want to use a city as a base and discover other attractions autonomously.


The second largest city in Piauí has a modern center with great accommodation options. In addition, Porto das Barcas is the gateway to the Parnaíba River Delta and concentrates several colonial mansions listed by IPHAN, where bars, restaurants, shops and tourism agencies are installed.


The city is undeniably the gateway to the Lençóis Maranhense National Park and is home to the vast majority of agencies that offer tours to the tropical desert. barriers has a small waterfront on the banks of the Rio Preguiças, known as Beira Rio, which concentrates great gastronomic options and bars with live music, for example.


Atins It is a small village that is very close to Lençóis Maranhenses, allowing you to visit some lakes on foot. In addition, the small village has a rustic atmosphere and offers other bathing options at Praia de Atins and Rio Preguiças.

Santo Amaro

Santo Amaro is practically within the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, so many tourists confirm that the destination has the most beautiful lakes in the park. The main attractions of Santo Amaro are Lagoa das Emendadas, Lagoa da Andorinha and Lagoa da Gaivota.

What to do on the Route of Emotions


Route of Emotions – Northeast. Photo: Jade Queiroz / MTUR

Lagoon of Paradise

The famous lagoon with crystal clear waters with colored nets is located in the municipality of Jijoca and offers, above all, great restaurant services scattered along the lakeside. One of the best known is the Alchymist club, after all, a mega structure with several tables on the sand for visitors, lockers, bathrooms, shower and an extensive menu with great options for dishes and drinks.

Sunset Dune

The great postcard of Jericoacoara is also the best point to see the sunset in the village. Every late afternoon, dozens of tourists climb to the top of the huge dune next to Jericoacoara Beach to watch the sun meet the sea.

Delta do Parnaíba

The third largest delta in the world forms a large archipelago with more than 75 islands formed among the mangroves, as it concentrates a huge fauna that can be observed on boat rides on the Parnaíba River.

Barra Grande beach

Barra Grande is unexpectedly becoming the new darling of kitesurfers passing through the region. The beach brings together great accommodation options by the sea in rustic chalets that interact with the paradisiacal landscape of the place. In addition to beaches, Barra Grande offers buggy rides on the dunes near the municipality and boat rides among the mangroves where it is possible to observe seahorses.

Rio Preguiças

THE walk along the Rio Preguiças is primarily one of the must-see attractions of Barreirinhas. The tour is done in speedboats, tourists visit paradisiacal scenarios such as Praia de Caburé and the village of Vassouras, an ideal place to rest, take a bath in the river and have fun with the monkeys that constantly appear in the village.

Mandacaru village

Mandacaru is a very simple village on the banks of the Rio Preguiça, not only with sandy streets, but also with rustic buildings. The village welcomes tourists to visit the city's lighthouse, which is 40 meters high, and allows you to observe a huge area of the Rio Preguiça, Praia de Caburé and Lençóis Maranhenses.

Trekking in Lençóis Maranhenses

Did you know it's possible cross Lençóis Maranhenses walking? The experience is, in fact, unforgettable and can be done in at least 4 hours from Atins to Santo Amaro (or vice versa). In addition to visiting lakes that are practically “virgin” for tourists, adventurers spend the night in two communities in the middle of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park: Baixa Grande and Queimada dos Britos.

Other places to visit on the Route of Emotions

  • Tatajuba Lagoon – Jericoacoara
  • Mangue Seco – Jericoacoara
  • Ilha Grande – Parnaiba
  • Revoada dos Guarás – Tutóia
  • Cardosa – Barreirinhas
  • Caburé – Barreirinhas
  • Bethany – Santo Amaro
  • Espigão – Santo Amaro
  • Baixa Grande and Queimada dos Britos – Lençóis Maranhenses

How to do the Route of Emotions


Route of Emotions – Northeast. Photo: Chico Rasta / MTur

The itineraries of the Rota das Emoções can be done with tourist agencies, own car or travel bus.

Several agencies offer packages of customized itineraries which already include transfer (4×4+boat), accommodation and food. This is the most advantageous option, as the logistics of this trip are a little complicated. Prices are usually a little high, but they are justified due to the convenience of not having to worry about anything during the trip.

There is also the possibility of reaching the main cities in your own car and taking tours for those with restricted access to 4×4 and boats with receptive agencies. Another possibility is to travel between the main cities by bus. Fortaleza, Jericoacoara, Camocim, Luis Correia, Parnaíba, Barreirinhas and Sã Luís are connected by land companies that offer the sections separately. You can check the value on here.

Best time to do the Route of Emotions


Route of Emotions – Maranhão. Photo: Rosanetur

THE Route of Emotions It is a circuit that offers many options of natural attractions to discover. The always hot climate of this region of Brazil, allows the visitor to enjoy the beaches of these destinations at any time of the year without the worry of getting many days of rain in a row, but let's say that there is a best time to visit the Route of Emotions.

It so happens that the lagoons in Jericoacoara and Lençóis Maranhenses are supplied with rainwater that accumulates between the rainy season, during the months of May to July. After these dates, the lagoons reach their maximum level and remain so until October.

For those who like to sail, the period of the most constant winds happens between September and December.

How long can I do the Route of Emotions?


Route of Emotions – Northeast. Photo: Chico Rasta / MTur

To enjoy a lot and get to know the Route of Emotions whole, in Ceará, Piauí and Maranhão, we suggest at least 7 days. It is worth consulting receptive agencies in the region, since the transfer between cities is not easy, the best tours need experienced guides, 4×4 vehicles and speedboats.

Finally, to know all the destinations it is necessary to have at least 15 days exclusive to the route. Tourists who have less time available usually make a route through the main attractions: Jericoacoara, Barra Grande, Parnaíba, Barreirinhas, Atins and Santo Amaro.

where to stay

Route of Emotions – Northeast. Photo: Jade Queiroz / MTUR

Jericoacoara | Essenza, Kalango Village, Northern InnMaxitália Inn, Araxá Pousada, Pousada Windjeri, Beach house, Pousada Jeri Dunas

Camocim | Villa del Mar Beach Hotel, house of san jose

Big Bar | BGK Inn, manatee, Pousada Aldeia Namoa, Pousada Vento do Kite

Parnaíba | St. Antonio, Arrey Hotel Beach, Vila Parnaíba

Luis Correia | Carnaubinha Beach Resort, Rio Poty Hotel Praia, coconut tree beach

Tutóia | Jagatá InnPousada Baluarte

Barriers | Porto Preguiças Resort, Great Sheets, Hotel Rio Preguiças, Northeast CharmsPousada Paraíso dos Guarás

Atins | Pousada Jurara, Flamboyant Inn, Pousada Cajueiro Atins

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