Parque Nacional dos Lencois Maranhenses, Barreirinhas

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On the banks of the Preguiças River, Parque Nacional dos Lencois Maranhenses 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 Parque Nacional dos Lencois Maranhenses on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Barreirinhas tour builder tool.
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  • This review is for the park itself. The various ways of getting there leave a lot to be desired. However, the dunes are truly spectacular. The water is clear and warm. Sunset is picturesque and... 
    This review is for the park itself. The various ways of getting there leave a lot to be desired. However, the dunes are truly spectacular. The water is clear and warm. Sunset is picturesque and...  more »
  • There´s nothing like visiting this place. The best time of the day is in the after noon when the heat is not so intense . You can wathch the sunset if you leave the hotel by 02:30 pm 
    There´s nothing like visiting this place. The best time of the day is in the after noon when the heat is not so intense . You can wathch the sunset if you leave the hotel by 02:30 pm  more »
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  • Just go here, it's just great. The feeling of a dessert, but also water and animals everywhere, even fish in the ponds. We've done the 4x4 tour, and really liked it, was like a roller-coaster and sometimes vehicles got stuck in sand or water, it was fun!
  • The Lençóis Maranhenses is a beautiful natural paradise located in Brazil right in the heart of the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, in the Brazilian state of Maranhão. It is known for its infinite span of white sand dunes and small lagoons of rainwater that change shape, depending on the direction of wind.

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