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Lençóis Maranhenses


a unique landscape all over the world

The fine white sand marks the paradisiacal path taken by travelers through the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. The freshwater lagoons between the dunes form a unique scene around the world and it is impossible not to be moved when you reach the top of the landscape and see the immensity of Lençóis Maranhenses. Located in the northwest of Maranhão and 250 km away from the capital São Luís, the Lençóis Maranhenses attract tourists in search of the unique phenomenon of the interdune lagoons by the sea. And the best thing about Lençóis Maranhenses is that, with each new portion of water between the dunes, the feeling of being in paradise is repeated. Do you have a trip scheduled to Lençóis Maranhenses or do you dream of going there? Get ready to visit one of the most amazing places in Brazil and the world!


When to go to Lençóis Maranhenses
When traveling to Lençóis Maranhenses, it is necessary to pay attention to the calendar to see the phenomenon of lakes in the middle of the dunes. The high season of Lençóis Maranhenses happens during and right after the rains, especially between the months of April and August. At the height of the drought, from October to December, almost all the lakes disappear and the landscape, full of patches of water, turns into an immense desert. The truth, however, is that Lençóis Maranhenses are beautiful all year round, whether or not they have full lagoons.


What to do in Lençóis Maranhenses
The Lençóis Maranhenses National Park covers an area of ​​155,000 hectares and is considered the largest dune park in Brazil. The protected area is huge, but the Lençóis Maranhenses region is even bigger than the National Park. Among the most popular tours there are the Circuito da Lagoa Azul, the Circuito da Lagoa Bonita, the visit to Lagoa das Emendadas and the Canto de Atins. Certainly unmissable tours for those going to Lençóis Maranhenses.

Although the lakes are the main attractions, tourism there goes much further. Visitors to Lençóis Maranhenses can invest in days at Caburé beach and Atins, in tours along the Preguiças and Rio Formiga rivers and even in the practice of kite surfing, which is growing a lot in the region. Everything involving routes in 4×4 vehicles, beautiful landscapes, transparent waters and always fine and very white sand. And as if that wasn’t enough, it’s still possible to appreciate the immensity of Lençóis Maranhenses in a flyover. Unforgettable experience!

Those who wish to go even deeper into the experience can invest in the crossing on foot through the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. This route, which takes three to five days, is the dream of many adventurers and is certainly the best and most intense way to experience the place.

No landscape in the world compares to Lençóis Maranhenses. That alone is reason enough to visit the region. However, regardless of being a unique setting, Lençóis Maranhenses wins over all tourists for their intense immersion in pure beauty. And to be sure of that, just watch a sunset from the top of the dunes or inside one of the lakes. It won’t be difficult to fall in love with fate. It happens to everyone.

How to get to Lençóis Maranhenses
Getting to Lençóis Maranhenses may not be the simplest of tasks, but it’s certainly worth every second of the trip! Those who visit Lençóis Maranhenses have three main bases to tour the region: Barreirinhas, Santo Amaro and Atins. And the ideal, to see a good part of the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, is to visit the three. The only airport in the region is Barreirinhas Airport, which only receives flights from São Luís at a very high cost. Therefore, the best airport for those who want to visit Lençóis Maranhenses is São Luís International Airport (SLZ).

To reach the three main bases, different routes and means of transport will be needed. The easiest base to reach by public transport or direct private transfer from São Luís is Barreirinhas. To Santo Amaro, it is possible to hire a private transfer from the airport or from Barreirinhas. For those going to Atins, it’s worth taking a boat or a 4×4 from Barreirinhas. for the others, the ideal is to hire a transfer from Barreirinhas. See more details on how to get to Lençóis Maranhenses.


How long to stay in Lençóis Maranhenses
The longer you can stay in Lençóis Maranhenses, the better. The region has incredible tours and each day will be even better than the last. And how to get to Lençóis Maranhenses is not very simple, stay as long as you can. To get to know the basic attractions of Barreirinhas, it will take 4 to 5 days of travel. After a week you will have time to stay at another base and get to know Santo Amaro or Atins. Now, if the idea is to get to know everything and still relax, ten days is a great choice to get to know Lençóis Maranhenses.

Do you have a trip scheduled to Lençóis Maranhenses or did you feel like visiting this paradise? See everything about when to go, how to get there, the best accommodation options and details about the tours in Lençóis Maranhenses. To get to know the region well, you’ll need ten days, but even a trip back from São Luís is already worth it to enjoy this wonder of northeastern Brazil.

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    4-5 days

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