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Lençóis Maranhenses National Park
Lençóis Maranhenses National Park

Lençóis Maranhenses National Park

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Barreirinhas - State of Maranhão, 65590-000, Brazil
+55 98 3349 1267
http://www.icmbio.gov.br/parnalencoismaranhenses/
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Enjoy the beauty of nature with a half-day trip to Lencois Maranhenses National Park. Getting there is part of the fun since you can only get there via a four-wheel drive vehicle. There are no ... Read more
buildings here so all you can see are the white dunes and clear blue lakes that are perfect for swimming. The winds constantly shift the sand so you can walk barefoot without the fear of getting burned. You can also eat lunch with the locals who live close by as they love to share their grilled fish specialties with visitors.

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Denver, Colorado, USA

This national park is one of my favorite places in the world: a stunning park of shifting sand dunes and fresh water lakes of all shapes and sizes. The best time to visit is when the lakes are still around (they're formed by rain water), between May and September. Most people get there by an organized tour, typically in Barreirinhas. If you have the budget for it, consider taking a land and aerial tour--hiking between the dunes and swimming in different lakes is unforgettable though the views from above are breathtaking.

By land, the easiest way to get to Lencois is by direct bus from Sao Luis to Barreirinhas--the road is paved and there is regular private and public transportation. If you're coming from the east, however, it's a bit trickier: first, catch a bus from Parnaiba to Tutoia (via paved road). Then, in Tutoia transfer to a bus headed to Paulino Neves (via unpaved road). Finally, in Paulino Neves transfer to a passenger truck for a bumpy ride on sandy tracks and over sand dunes. I've done both trips--and while the first is definitely easier and a lot more comfortable, the latter is more scenic, taking you past villages and through gorgeous dunescapes; it takes a bit longer, and you'll be more tired at the end of it, but you'll definitely get a unique look at small town/back country Brazil.

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Munich, Germany

When people ask me about the most beautiful landscape I've seen on my travels, I usually say it's the Lençoís Maranhenses. I was blown away by the endless clear white sand dunes, clear turquoise water and perfect sunset.

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La Coruna, Spain

The Lençóis Maranhenses are, in my opinion, one of the most wonderful places in Brazil. The beauty of the region, and the fact that mass tourism hasn’t reached it yet, explain why the Lençóis cause such a profound impact on its visitors. The Lençóis (in Portuguese, sheets), are a large desert in the state of Maranhão. A desert with a difference: between June and September the dunes share the space with lagoons formed by the accumulation of water fallen during the rainy season. More info at my Brazil travel blog: http://www.braziltravelblog.com/2007/03/15/destination-lencois-maranhenses/

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Loved it

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Brasília, Brasil

A visão é simplesmente surreal, sem palavras suficientes para descrever a magia daquele lugar!

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Fortaleza , Brazil

Amo! Impossível não gostar, ilhas lindas, clima tropical.

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O lugar mais lindo que ja fui na minha vida até hoje...

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Não dá pra descrever a maravilha que é esse local

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