Bonita and Azul lakes, Barreirinhas

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#3 of 41 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. Plan your visit to Bonita and Azul lakes and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Barreirinhas trip itinerary maker .
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  • Only the path to the location is done in adapted cars, so don't expect comfort at offset. Older people or that require special care must rethink will be the tour, since it requires some physical availability.
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  • In December and January the ponds are empty or almost due to drought. Even so the dunes enchant for your unique beauty. And you can enjoy the adventure
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  • The most popular tours, the ponds, the beautiful, is preferred in the afternoon, because of the sunset, that really is spectacular, and the blue, made in the morning, what was better, because we're more. Beautiful pond: our first ride when we got there. You arrive there after a trip in the back of a Toyota 4 x 4 (all tours are like that). When we arrived, we climbed a mountain of sand of about 70 meters, with the aid of a rope from the half of the route, as it is quite steep. When we finally arrived at the top, we have one of the most beautiful views I've ever had, it's just unbelievable the landscape of very white sand dunes, soft and cool wind that comforting. The lakes at this time are not very crowded, but you take enough and closed with a flourish with a magnificent sunset. Blue Lagoon: walk more, but has several spectacular sand dunes, lagoons with Ditto, complements very well the first ride
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Barreirinhas serves mainly as a jumping off point for visiting the nearby national park, so the town's accommodation options remain relatively limited and fairly expensive. Guesthouses near the town center are probably your best bet, the majority offering clean but very basic rooms with few frills. You won't find any luxurious hotels here, but you can choose between several mid-range establishments providing air-conditioned rooms with parking and tree-shaded outdoor areas.
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