Vivalá Turismo Sustentável in Brazil is expanding its destinations and types of experience and has just reached a new conservation unit, Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, the eighth reservation in its portfolio. The park is 370 km from the capital São Luís in Maranhão. The destination is the company’s first community-based adventure tourism experience and has a super exclusive debut, with only 26 seats available in 2022.
The long-awaited new expedition will take place in July, July 16-22, and in September 3-9. Vivalá co-founder and CEO Daniel Cabrera paid a technical visit and said that it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. “The expedition is simply incredible, one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life. The scenery is lush. The oases are amazing, as if we were in a movie or in the sky itself. I wish everyone had that experience. ”
The seven-day route starts in São Luís, passes through Barreirinhas, the village of Atins, the oases of Baixa Grande and Queimada dos Britos and ends in the communities of Bethany and Santo Amaro on a 40 km crossing, divided into three days, in addition to sailing 15 km by kayak on the Rio Alegre in one last day. “The crossing is done in such a beautiful place, so special, that I was very surprised not only that I endured the whole crossing, but also that I had a lot of fun along the way. The uninterrupted wind on your face, the wonderful sunrises, the jumps in the lagoons and the thoughts that come and go, make you go much further ”explains Cabrera.
Queimada dos Britos and Baixa Grande are located in the Primitive Area, where the two patches of sandbank vegetation form true oases and are incredible places to spend the night in the few houses of the natives of the region. “When the travelers arrive, we talk at the table for a nice lunch with homemade food. After lunch, we continue our conversation, rest in hammocks, talk about our lives, and want to learn more about the lives of our travelers. Especially at night, we go out to see the sunset every day before dinner, it is our way of life. At night we make a circle and tell the stories here. We are very happy, because people know our place “, says Joina Garcia, a native of the region and one of the few people who receive visitors from the region.
There are only 7 families in Baixa Grande, while 30 families live in Queimada dos Britos, it is extremely exclusive, very special. Therefore, the experience of talking, interacting and spending the night with the residents is unique and quite enriching. “I stayed in the houses, slept in hammocks, ate first-class homemade food, and learned more about the customs and beliefs of these dune communities,” explains Daniel from Vivalá.
Amazing adventures and scenarios
The last part of the route starts in the community of Bethany and ends in Santo Amaro, after traveling the 15 km down the Rio Preguiça, with the kayak to seal with a golden key a unique interaction with Brazilian nature. “It simply came to our notice then. We provide kayaks, provide some training, and send a local community guide, common with the stretch to accompany travelers. The duration of the kayak descent is three to four hours, passing through historic stops, bathing in lagoons and enjoying the beautiful scenery. We want more people to live this experience and get to know Bethany, ”says Walisson Santos, who welcomes family trips to Bethany.
“The sunrises and sunsets there were simply incredible. The orange sky, the wind that blows all the time, caressing her skin and combing every grain of sand over the dunes. The experience is transcendental and makes you remember your whole life, looking to the past and the future, finding yourself in the present. Closing the expedition on the Rio Alegre by kayak makes it an experience you are transformed into, ”recalls the co-founder and CEO of Vivalá.
Lencois Maranhenses National Park
Lençóis Maranhenses National Park is considered the largest dune field in Brazil and contemplates a totally unique landscape by mixing its dunes with fresh and crystalline water lagoons. Conservation Unit (UC) is officially registered as Coastal Marine, but it is also a Cerrado area, influenced by Caatinga and Amazon.
The park’s fauna is exuberant because it is based on the meeting of the three biomes, one of the few places in the country where this happens. UC has unique species such as Pininga (Trachemys adiutrix), a desert turtle that is endemic to Lençóis and is currently endangered. One of our biggest goals is natural immersion, environmental awareness and the protection of Brazilian biodiversity through our travels.
The value of the person’s shipment starts from R $ 4,410 in cash or 8 installments of R $ 612.50 on the credit card. São Luís meeting point plane tickets and personal purchases are not included. For more information visit the link www.vivala.com.br/expedicoes.
Vivalá Turismo Sustentável in Brazil emerged in 2015 as a social company with the mission to redefine people’s relations with Brazil through sustainable tourism, empowering communities and transforming perceptions. The organization specializes in expeditions to protected areas with deep interaction with nature and immersion in traditional local communities through community tourism. Vivalá has received 10 major awards and recognitions in her career, being invited to join the Young Leaders of Americas network of the US State Department in 2018, awarded as the most sustainable agency in Brazil in 2019 by the UN, the World Tourism Organization and Braztoa, In addition to being elected in 2021 by Fundação Grupo Boticário, Accelerator 100+ by Ambev and PPA and a global initiative by Yunus & Youth to be part of its acceleration programs. In 2022, it won the Braztoa Sustainability Award for the second consecutive year, in recognition of the sustainable actions during the pandemic, and is invested by AMAZ, a business impact accelerator in Amazon. On the website www.vivala.com.br you can find all the itineraries and expeditions scheduled for the coming months. More information at e-mail email@example.com or by phone (11) 95658-5778.