Lencois Maranhenses National Park, Barreirinhas

On the banks of the Preguiças River, Lencois Maranhenses National Park is quite extensive with 1500 square km (930 sq mi) filled with dunes up to 40 feet tall and freshwater ponds called lagoons--whose waters range from bright green to azure blue. Composed of large, white, sweeping dunes, at first glance Lençóis Maranhenses looks like an archetypal desert. In fact, it outside the Amazon Basin, a region subject to regular rainfall. This causes a peculiar phenomenon: fresh water collects in the valleys between sand dunes, dotting the desert and landscape with blue and green lagoons.

Rare geological phenomenon formed the most famous lagoon called Lagoa Azul (Blue Lagoon), which is closer and more crowded. Lagoa Bonita (Beauty Lagoon) is further out, less traveled, and famous for its charm and excellent swimming conditions. Since personal vehicles are not permitted into the National Park, you can hire a guide service to take you to the dunes and lagoons with a 4 x 4 Jeep. You can rent a dune buggy, but beware that buggy's are prone to getting stuck in some sands, can run out of fuel, and are not permitted in all places. You can also opt to walk out to the dunes and lagoons, as well as hire a trekking service to escort you across these strange lands. Put Lencois Maranhenses National Park on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Barreirinhas tour builder tool .
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  • We went middle of March. Perfect season. Ponds in the height of the neck (I have 185). And the good thing is that sky with clouds avoiding heatstroke and few tourists. I'm very white, not used and I was fine. Also don't drink a SIP of water and I was great on trip to lagoons. We hired the são Paulo ecotourism that has great prices and good service for different tours. There are several scripts. Did the Beautiful lagoon, walk in the river Preguiças to Buff and the buoy by river. Of St. Louis I suggest you hire transfer in advance. We hire the overnight in the morning and after many tries, we only got a 4 A.M. to. Taxi in Barreirinhas has fixed price of 25 to 30, but if trading a few trips with the same driver, if you can get less. I managed by 17.50 each. Is very worthwhile. We stayed at the hotel Porto Laziness resort. Very good. No more flies in this month. There's plenty of mosquitoes. Worth the trip!!
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  • Fine sand and not hot, hot water, sweet, great rolling from the top of the dune to finish in the ponds. Unique and unforgettable
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  • go to the good season in March for example... too dry season no lagoon, too wet season not dune
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