There are few better ways to tackle Brazil’s far-flung northeastern states than in an overland truck, and this 17-day jaunt covers some of the best spots along the Atlantic coast. Starting in vibrant Salvador da Bahia, make tracks north for the coastal gems that many visitors to Brazil don’t see: Aracaju, Olinda, and the chilled-out hippie haven of of Canoa Quebrada. Jump in a 4WD for an off-the-beaten-track adventure to Jericoacoara, a stunning, secluded nature haven whose inaccessibility (let’s be honest) is a blessing. Make tracks for the dunes and lagoons of Lencois Maranhenses National Park; explore the reggae culture, museums and colonial architecture of Sao Luis; and finish in Belem, where the mighty Amazon River meets the ocean.
- Escape the tourist trails by visiting Aracaju, a hit among local beachgoers, and Jericoacoara, a captivating oasis accessible only by 4WD tracks
- From the Afro-influenced Candomble religion of Salvador, to the prominent folkloric and musical activity of Olinda and Sao Luis, there are many chances to break up the beach time with cultural discovery
- Spend time in Canoa Quebrada and Lencois Maranhenses National Park, both stunning examples of Brazil’s dune-laden coastal scenery
- Finish in seaside Belem, where the superbly located Mercado Ver-o-Peso brims with fresh seafood, aromatic herbs and bizarre local artifacts