Atins is a place nestled in between the dunes of the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, the delta of the Rio Preguiças, a little contributory creek (Igarapé), and the Atlantic Ocean’s coastline.
- 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, R$25.
- Boat trip: Catch a ride on one of the many trips down the Rio Preguiças stopping by in Vassouras, Mandacarú and Caburé. Leaves around 8am - 9am in the morning, 5 hours, R$80.
- Hire a private boat for R$300-400, 1 hour
- From Jericoacoara:
You can get 4x4 transport from Jericoacoara to Caburé for less than R$1000 for a car up to 4 persons. It is usually a Toyota Hilux, with enough space for all your luggage or kite surf gear. Trip takes less than 7 hours to Caburé, but you also need to cross the river to get to Atins (about 45min / R$45).
Atins was named as one of the Top 4 Kiteboarding flatwater spots in the world in 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 July to October).
Atins has a small Kiteboarding community of riders and experienced instructors, equipment rentals and guided adventures.
- Tours & treks
Tours & treks from 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.
In the last couple of years, Quad tours from Barreirinhas have become more popular with Brasilian tourists who frequent the Lençóis and arrive at Luzia’s in Canto do Atins. However, you will notice them only passing through Atins thus far.
Some travellers destined for Atins may 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.
- Beach life
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!
There is an growing number of restaurants to choose from.
There is rising choice of accommodation from cheap and cheerful to luxurious to be found in Atins.
- The tiny settlement of Canto de Atins with no power lines or asphalt, this is probably your most rustic option with a few inns. Along the road or the beach is about 5 km to Atins. 4x4 trucks can be hired with driver with some advance notice. The dunes are only a few hundred metres back from the sea.