Bucket List Adventures: Lencois Maranhenses

The lagoons are full, it’s the best time to visit this sensational national park!

This year, due to heavy rainfall, the lagoons of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park have been full since March and will probably maintain their water level until October. As this is a landscape of dunes and lagoons, the abundance of water will make your visit an even more enchanting experience. Enjoy swimming in turquoise lagoons, mingling with local communities and watching epic sunsets from atop the dunes!

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Swimming among the dunes in Lencois Maranhenses

Check out several different ways to experience these magnificent dunes and fresh-water lakes:

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Trekking through the dunes of Lencois Maranhenses

1) Trekking the dunes, lagoons and desert trails

Unlike other tours, this expedition explores the park on foot and stays overnight in its heart. The landscape of white sand dunes and crystalline water lagoons under the sunlight or the moon is really spectacular. For three days we will walk about 15km on mostly flat surfaces above the desert sand dunes. On our way, we will find many lagoons of crystalline blue water where we will refresh ourselves and feel directly in the skin the natural magic of this destination. We will also have the opportunity to share with the local community to get to know them and learn from them.

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Exploring the best of Lencois Maranhenses

2) Hidden pools and dunes

This time we will do the tour on a 4WD. Off the road, crossing trails of loose sand amidst the vegetation, passing by small rivers giving us the feeling of being in a car-boat, we will be able to enjoy the landscape. Besides making a historical city tour through Sao Luis de Maranhao, we will take a boat trip on the Preguiças River, visit the lighthouse and stop in Caburé, a beautiful place located on the peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and the Rio Preguiças, pleasant corner to rest, swim in the sea or in the river. There will be 4 days of amazing nature with activities that will show us the best of the Park. If interested, please ask us for the complete itinerary.

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4×4 Adventure through Lencois Maranhenses

3) Driving the inspirational Emotion Trail

This route crosses some of the best landscapes of the Brazilian northeast. The area, which is still little known by tourists, has a spectacular beauty and at the same time an amazing tranquility. We will visit São Luis de Maranhão, with its colonial buildings and façades covered with Portuguese tiles. Then we will enter the National Park of the Lençóis Maranhenses, where the landscape of dunes and lagoons with crystalline water in the light of the sun and moon is really spectacular. We will continue our route in a 4WD crossing the state of Piauí, passing through the great Parnaíba Delta, finally arriving at Jericoacoara, one of the best beaches in the country. If interested, please ask us for the complete itinerary.

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