This Journey provides ambassadors with the opportunity to experience a little of the natural beauty of Maranhão: its beaches, culture, cuisine, history, in the cities of São Luís and Barreirinhas, while being hosted by member of FF São Luis! Go on a city tour by foot through the historic center of São Luis, visit museums, a local market, a government palace, and the Artur Azevedo theater. In Barreirinhas, we will visit Lençóis (“sheets”), where the ambassadors will have the opportunity to have bathe in the transparent waters of the lagoons and tour Preguiças, the lighthouse of the Mandacaru, and Caburé.

Home Hospitality

Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force club of São Luis.

Live With a Local

  • Watch and interact in folk manifestations such as Bumba Meu Boi, Cacuriá, and Tambour de Crioula
  • Enjoy getting to know members of FF São Luis during your homestay

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Lençóis Maranhenses: we'll explore the dunes and lagoons formed by rainwater, stroll along the river Preguiças, and enjoy the riparian forests ... a true spectacle of nature!
  • Historical sites
My experience in São Luis is further proof to me that proximity and open-mindedness will transcend language and cultural barriers at the micro level, can multiply, and potentially create a blanket of understanding among peoples of the world. For me, the effort in crossing these barriers is richly rewarded. - Previous ambassador

Bumba-Meu-Boi Festival and Lençóis Maranhenses with FF São Luis, Brazil

9 Days / 8 Nights Program and Itinerary:

June 14, 2020 – June 22, 2020
Coordinator: Thiago de Lorena Fábio, FF Ribeirão Preto
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All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

June 14, 2020

Arrival in São Luís, where group will be welcomed at the airport by hosts, who will take them to lunch in their homes

Evening welcome dinner (included in the host fee)

June 15, 2020

City tour on foot through historic center, market, Lions Palace,  and museums

Lunch with dessert in Senac’s Restaurant – included; drinks not included

June 16, 2020

Visit to the Piranhengas Hotel

Lunch at Hotel Luzeiros: feijoada, mocotó, salads, desserts, and one caipirinha per person – included, other drinks not included

Night folk attractions (Bumba Meu Boi, Cacuriá, and Tambor de Crioula)

June 17, 2020

Departure to Barreirinhas

Lunch at the Gaucho Restaurant (not included)

Check in at the Hotel

Walk to the dunes/lagoons

Free night

June 18, 2020

Boat ride by the river Preguiças

Visit to the lighthouse of Mandacaru

Lunch at Caburé

Return to the hotel

Free night

June 19, 2020

Visit to the local fair for one hour

Return to São Luis

Hosts and ambassadors will make lunch plans (not included)

Night folk attractions (Bumba Meu Boi, Cacuriá, Tambour de Crioula)

June 20, 2020

Beach day with the hosts at Araçagy beach

Lunch at the Cabana do Sol Restaurant on the coast (not included)

Late afternoon sunset on the spigot

Evening farewell dinner, included

June 21, 2020

Free day with hosts


June 22, 2020

Depending on flight times, possibility of lunch with hosts

Ambassadors will be taken to the airport by their hosts for departure

Travel day for ambassadors to return home


$895 USD

Price Includes: FFI and host fees, welcome and farewell dinners, activities, hotel in Barreirinhas, and transportation to and tour of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. (International airfare is NOT included.)


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Know before you go

  • Journey number 20388.
  • Temperatures are usually pretty warm, so pack accordingly.
  • Bug repellent is highly recommended.
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