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Atins is in Lençóis Maranhenses, Brasil.


Nestled in between the dunes of the Lençóis Maranhenses, the delta of the Rio Preguiças, a little contributory creek (Igarapé), and the Atlantic Ocean’s coastline, Atins is a place of pure tranquility and simple life bliss. Given its secluded setting people also like to refer to it as ‘the island’, and it certainly feels like one.

In Atins you won’t find streets or any conventional pavement; here life sets place in a large sand pit. Mobile phone connectivity is patchy and Internet access is limited, electricity arrived only a few years ago and credit cards only start be seen in some places. Removed from the hurried world of civilization, Atins offers endless dunes, sandy beaches as far as the eye can see, warm shallow waters, swaying palm trees and a constant, soothing sea breeze.

A destination for the adventurous traveler. Atins is the ideal base camp from where to explore the famous Lençóis Maranhenses due to its immediate access to both the park and the sea. It’s also the perfect Kiteboard spot offering huge sheltered lagoons with flat waters and steady and reliable cross/onshore winds of 15-30 knots.

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From Barreirinhas:

  • 4x4 Pick-up on off-road pistes passing through part of the Lençóis Maranhenses. Leaving between 10am - 11am, sometimes there's a second departure from 1pm - 3pm. Takes about 1-2 hours.
  • Boat trip: Catch a ride on one of the many trips down the Rio Preguiças stopping by in Vassouras, Mandacaru and Caburé. Leaves around 8am - 9am in the morning, 5 hours.
  • Hire a private boat.

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See[edit][add listing]

  • Endless dunes, sandy beaches as far as the eye can see, warm shallow waters, swaying palm trees.

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  • Beaches. Atins beach life extends itself across a vast deserted area that stretches countless miles into the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. This is not your tropical palm tree beach though. Whilst the sand is white and fine the beach front is typified by meandering sand dunes and is fairly windy during the dry season of July to December. These days you will find a number of beach huts that provide shelter from the sun and wind and offer cold beverages and tasty lunches, however remember to take sunscreen and keep hydrated. Back in the village, kicking back with a good book in your hammock is also a good option. The constant gentle breeze makes life quite enjoyable when being lazy!  edit
  • Kiteboarding. Atins was named as one of the Top 4 Kiteboarding flatwater spots in the world by Kitesurfing Magazine. Between July and December boarders will find ideal conditions in Atins. During this time the vast and sparsely populated beaches are met by constant cross on-shore winds of 15 to 30 knots. Beginners can practice in the huge lagoon in calm and flat waters sheltered by two natural sandbanks whilst the more experienced can venture out to the open sea, where you might find 1.5 – 2.5m waves at the right tide. Other options for boarders include the calm waters of the Preguiças River or the inland lagoons in the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, the size of which depend on the rains and time of the year (the rainy season generally runs from January to June). Atins has a small Kiteboarding community of riders and experienced instructors, equipment rentals and guided adventures.  edit
  • Tours & treks. Tours & treks from Atins are typically of low carbon footprint nature; you either walk or ride on horseback. Tours often include a ride by specially licensed 4×4 to get into the National Park. Travelers destined for Atins arrive on one of the day-trip boats from Barreirinhas, which is actually quite a pleasant mode of transport as you’ll get to take in the sights of Vassouras, Mandacarú and Caburé along the route.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Do Sr. Antonio, Parque Nacional dos Lençóis Maranhenses - Povoado Canto do Atins - Maranhanses, Barreirinhas - MA, 65590-000, +55 98 991 081 551. Restaurant  edit
  • Irmão, Barreirinhas - MA, 65590-000. Restaurant hotel  edit
  • Mangue Restaurante Atins, Barreirinhas - MA, 65590-000, +55 98 992 191 720. Seafood restaurant  edit

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  • Bar da Amizade, R. Principal, S/N - Praia do, Barreirinhas - MA, 65590-000, +55 98 991 577 605.  edit
  • Estresse Zero, Barreirinhas - MA, 65590-000, +55 98 991 827 114. Bar  edit
  • Sol e Mar, R. Principal, 07, Barreirinhas - MA, 65590-000, +55 98 991 468 141. Bar  edit

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  • Convento Arcádia, Rua Esperança 3, Atins, Barreirinhas/MA, Brasil, +55 98 99219-3416 (), [1]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 11:00. Stylish boutique hotel with a distinct ZEN atmosphere. Super close to the beach and geared towards kiters, individual travelers as well as families (larger chalets), couples and groups of friends. Yoga facilities and a beautiful restaurant set at a fish pond and view towards the beach line. Also organize tours and transfers.  edit
  • Flamboyant (Suites and Chalés), Rua Principal (Atins), +55 98 991 758 808, [2]. The Pousada Flamboyant hotel is located in Atins, 28 km from at Park Maranhenses Barreirinhas. The rooms are equipped with a fan and have balconies with hammocks. The Flambloyant has communal kitchen, plus shuttle by boat or car. Breakfast is served in the hotel restaurant, which serves various dishes with products grown on the property. The Flamboyant Inn is located 200 meters from the beach and out to the Rio Preguiças “The Lazy River”. Maranhenses dunes are a 40-minute walk from the site.  edit
  • Irmao, Atins, R. Principal, Barreirinhas - MA, 65590-000, +5598981955314. Cool hotel pousada with 6 rooms  edit
  • Rancho do Buna, Rua Principal, s/n, Barreirinhas - MA, 65590-000 (A few hundred metres outside the village), +1 55 (98) 99193-7009, [3]. Hotel  edit
  • Terra das Palmeiras, Unnamed Road, Barreirinhas - MA, 65590-000, +55 98 981 755 283. Camping  edit

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