Vivalá launches Adventure TBC in Lencois Maranhensis

Vivalá Turismo Sustentável in Brazil is expanding its destinations and experiences and has just arrived in a new conservation unit, Lencois Maranhenses National Park, the eighth reserve in its portfolio. The park is located 370 km from the capital of San Luis in Maranhao. The destination is the company’s first foray into community-based adventure travel and has a super-exclusive debut with just 26 locations available in 2022.

The new expedition, highly anticipated by travelers, will take place in July, from the 16th to the 22nd, and in September, from the 3rd to the 9th. Vivalá co-founder and CEO Daniel Cabrera made a technical visit and says it was one of the best experiences I have ever had. -or were. “The expedition is just incredible, it is one of the best experiences of my life. The landscape is lush. The oases are breathtaking, it seems that we are in a movie or in the sky itself. I want everyone to be able to have this experience.”

The seven-day itinerary starts in Sao Luis, passes through Barreirinhas, the village of Atins, the oases of Baixa Grande and Queimada dos Britos, and ends in the communities of Betania and Santo Amaro on a 40 km crossing divided into three days. in addition to paddling 15 km in a kayak down the Rio Alegre in one last day. “The crossing takes place in such a beautiful place, so special that I was very surprised not only that I survived the whole transition, but also had a lot of fun on the way. The incessant wind in your face, beautiful sunrises, jumping into lagoons and the thoughts that come and go make you go much further,” explains Cabrera.

Queimada dos Britos and Baixa Grande are in a primeval zone where two patches of vegetation on a sandbar form veritable oases and are incredible places to stay in the few houses of the locals in the region. “When travelers arrive, we chat at the table over a delicious home-cooked meal. After the meal, we continue the conversation, relax in hammocks, talk about our life and want to learn more about the life of the travelers who are with us. More at night we go out to meet the sunset every day before dinner, this is our way of life. At night we make a circle and tell stories here. We are very happy because people will recognize our place,” says Joyana Garcia, a native of the region and one of the few who hosts guests from the region.

Only 7 families live in Baixa Grande and 30 families live in Queimada dos Britos, this place is extremely exclusive, special. Thus, the experience of communication, communication and spending the night with the residents is unique and very enriching. “We lived in houses, slept in hammocks, ate first-class homemade food and learned more about the customs and beliefs of these communities in the middle of the dunes,” explains Daniel from Vivala.

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The last part of the route starts in the community of Betania and ends in Santo Amaro, after kayaking 15 km down the Pregisa River to seal the unique interaction with Brazilian nature with a golden key. “The descent by kayak is very pleasant. We provide kayaks, do some training, and send a local guide from the stretch-accustomed community to accompany travelers. The duration of the kayak descent is three to four hours with the passage of historical stops, swimming in the lagoons and enjoying the beautiful scenery. We want more people to have this experience and get to know Betania,” says Valisson Santos, who welcomes travelers with his family to Betania.

“The sunrises and sunsets there were just incredible. An orange sky, the constant gust of wind caressing her skin and combing every grain of sand over the dunes. The experience is transcendental and makes you remember your whole life, looking into the past and the future, finding yourself in the present. Completing a kayaking expedition in Rio Alegre is an experience that transforms you,” recalls Vivalá co-founder and CEO.

Lencois Maranhenses National Park

Lencois Maranhenses National Park is considered the largest dune field in Brazil and is a completely unique landscape, mixing dunes with fresh and crystal clear water lagoons. Conservation Unit (UC), it is officially registered as a Coastal Marine, but is also a Cerrado Zone influenced by the Caatinga and the Amazon.

The wildlife of the park is rich because it is based on the meeting of three biomes, one of the few places in the country where this happens. The University of California is home to unique species such as the Pininga (Trachemys adiutrix), a desert tortoise that is endemic to the Lencois and is now critically endangered. One of our biggest goals is natural immersion, caring for the environment and protecting the biodiversity of Brazil with the help of our travelers.

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The cost of the expedition per person starts from 4410 reais in cash or 8 payments of 612.50 reais by credit card. Airfare to the Sao Luis meeting point and personal purchases are not included. For more information go to www.vivala.com.br/expedicoes.

About Vival

Vivalá Turismo Sustentável in Brazil was born in 2015 as a social company whose mission is to reimagine people’s relationship with Brazil through sustainable tourism, empower communities and change perceptions. The organization specializes in protected area expeditions with deep engagement with nature and immersion in traditional local communities through community-based tourism. Vivala has received 10 important awards and recognitions along the way: in 2018 she was invited to make up the U.S. Department of State’s Young Leaders of America network, and in 2019 she was awarded as the most sustainable agency in Brazil by the UN, the World Tourism Organization and Braztoa. in addition to being selected by the Fundação Grupo Boticário, the Accelerator 100+ by Ambev and PPA, and the Yunus & Youth global initiative in 2021 to participate in their acceleration programs. In 2022, it received the Braztoa Sustainability Award for the second time in a row in recognition of sustainable action during the pandemic and is invested in by AMAZ, the Amazon business accelerator. On the website www.vivala.com.br you can find all routes and expeditions planned for the coming months. For more information, email contato@vivala.com.br or call (11) 95658-5778.

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