Bonita and Azul lakes, Barreirinhas

4.8
#3 of 43 in Parks in State of Maranhao
Catching sight of these lagoons for the first time will take your breath away. The vast 300 sq km (116 sq mi) “Brazilian Sahara” is dotted with crystalline pools of fresh rainwater, ranging from turquoise blue to emerald green. The water is warm and, while home to many species of fish, turtles and clams, swimming in the pools is encouraged. There are no paths to Bonita and Azul lakes through the constantly shifting dunes, and as some can reach heights of 40 m (131 ft), you would be wise to hire a four-wheel-drive vehicle or join a tour. Make sure you take water with you, as there are no shops in this ecological paradise. Make Bonita and Azul lakes part of your personalized Barreirinhas itinerary using our Barreirinhas holiday planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Are two different tours, each with its different beauties. I suggest making the Blue Lagoon first and the beautiful at the end. Climbing the dunes and walk to a pond to the other can be a little tiring for those with no physical preparation, but it's not impossible to do and the beauty of the place and the refreshing waters of the lagoons outweigh the sacrifice.
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  • August 14, 2017
    The lagoons are heavenly. You can spend the day there. But the unsuspecting tourist (my case), is for a maximum of 2 hours on site because the agencies that sell the tours are disorganized and not say, before selling the packages, that of the 4:00 offered to the tours, 2:00 or more are spent in return offsets to the Lakes, leaving little time to enjoy the Lakes.
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  • August 14, 2017
    These turquoise blue water lakes in the middle of huge dunes offers an amazing landscape. With a bonus for the excursion of the afternoon, a gorgeous sunset!
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