Vivalá launches Adventure TBC in Lençóis Maranhenses


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Expanding its destinations and types of experiences, Vivalá Turismo Sustentável in Brazil has just arrived at a new conservation unit, the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, the eighth reserve in its portfolio. The park is located 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 just 26 seats available in 2022.

The new expedition, long awaited by travelers, will take place in July, between 16 and 22, and in September, from 3 to 9. Vivalá co-founder and executive director Daniel Cabrera conducted the technical visit, stating that it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. “The expedition is just incredible, one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my life. The scenery is lush. The oases are breathtaking, it feels like we are in a movie or in the sky itself. I wish everyone could have this experience.”

The seven-day itinerary begins 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 Betânia and Santo Amaro on a 40 km crossing over three days, in addition to 15 km by kayak to sail down Rio Alegre in one last day. “The crossing was made in such a beautiful place, so special, that I was very surprised not only to have survived the entire crossing, but also to have had a lot of fun along the way. The continuous wind on your face, the beautiful 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 zone, where the two stretches of sandbank vegetation form veritable oases and incredible places to stay overnight in the region’s few native homes. “When travelers arrive, we chat at the table over a delicious lunch of home-cooked food. After the meal we continue the conversation, we rest in the hammocks, we talk about our lives and we want to know more about the lives of the travelers who are with us. More in the evening, we go out for dinner every day to watch the sunset, it is our way of life. In the evening we make a circle and tell the stories here. We are very happy because people are getting to know our place,” says Joina Garcia, a resident of the region and one of the few people who receives visitors from the region.

In Baixa Grande there are only 7 families, while in Queimada dos Britos there are 30 families, it is extremely exclusive, very special. That is why the experience of talking, interacting and staying overnight with the residents is unique and quite enriching. “We stayed in the houses, slept in hammocks, ate top-notch homemade food and learned more about the customs and beliefs of these communities in the middle of the dunes,” explains Daniel from Vivalá.

Breathtaking adventures and scenarios

The last part of the route starts in the municipality of Betânia and ends in Santo Amaro, after crossing the Rio Preguiça for 15 km, by kayak to seal with a golden key a unique interaction with Brazilian nature. “The kayak descent is very pleasant. We take care of the kayaks, give a little training and send a local guide from the community, who is used to accompany the travelers. The duration of the kayak descent is three to four hours, passing historic stops, swimming in the lagoons and enjoying the beautiful landscapes. We want more people to live this experience and get to know Betânia,” says Walisson Santos, who welcomes travelers to Betânia with his family.

“The sunrises and sunsets there were just incredible. The orange sky, the wind that rages all the time, caressing her skin and combing every strand of sand over the dunes. The experience is transcendental and makes you remember your whole life, looking to the past and future, finding yourself in the present. Completing the expedition down the Rio Alegre by kayak is a transformational experience,” recalls Vivalá’s co-founder and executive director.

Lencois Maranhenses National Park

The Lençóis Maranhenses National Park is considered the largest dune area in Brazil and offers a totally unique landscape by mixing the dunes with lagoons of fresh and crystal clear water. Conservation Unit (UC), it is officially registered as a Coastal Marine, but it is also a Cerrado zone, influenced by the Caatinga and the Amazon.

The fauna of the park is exuberant because it is based on the meeting of the three biomes, one of the few places in the country where this happens. The UC has unique species such as the Pininga (Trachemys adiutrix), a desert tortoise endemic to Lençóis and currently in danger of extinction. One of our biggest goals is natural immersion, environmental awareness and protection of Brazilian biodiversity by our travelers.

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The value of the expedition per person starts from R$ 4,410 in cash or 8 installments of R$ 612.50 on the credit card. Flight tickets to the meeting point in São Luís and personal purchases are not included. For more information, visit the link www.vivala.com.br/expedicoes.

About Vivalá

Vivalá Turismo Sustentável in Brazil was founded in 2015 as a social company with a mission to redefine people’s relationships with Brazil through sustainable tourism, empowering communities and transforming perceptions. The organization specializes in expeditions in protected areas with deep interaction with nature and immersion in traditional local communities through community-based tourism. Vivalá has received 10 major awards and recognitions in his journey, and in 2018 was invited to co-create the United States Department of State’s Young Leaders of Americas network, which in 2019 was named the United Nations, the World Tourism Organization and Braztoa’s most sustainable agency in Brazil. in addition to being chosen 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 edition, in recognition of sustainable actions during the pandemic and is invested by AMAZ, an impact business accelerator in the Amazon. On the website www.vivala.com.br it is possible to find all routes and expeditions planned for the coming months. More information by email contato@vivala.com.br or phone (11) 95658-5778.

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