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Lencois Maranhenses National Park

Address: Barreirinhas, State of Maranhao, Brazil
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Ranked #1 of 17 Attractions in Barreirinhas
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Nature & Parks
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The most beautiful landscape I've seen on my travels. 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... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Blue sky, super white sand and lagoons. It's not necessary to wear shoes, the wind keeps the sand moving so even if the sun is burning you it will be nice to walk in the sand. Pay attention to the volume of water in the lagoons.

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New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

It's a real effort to get to, but that's one of the intriguing things about it, and it probably prevents the place from getting too crowded. You fly to the state capital, São Luis, and then go by road. 4.5 hours by bus or 3.5 by car, which is what we did. And then the fun begins. The road has... More 

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Rio de Janeiro
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Think about a paradise on Earth??? Now you imagine a vast white sand desert full of small and huge lagoons where you can swim and relax. The nature will provide a show for you...blue sky, super white sand and deep sparkling waters...sometimes green and sometimes blue...Ypou can share this paradise with more people if you start in Barreirinhas, or you... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I had heard so much about Lencois Maranhenses park from a few of my friends, so was very excited to go there. I had read quite a number of blogs, and had seen recommendations to start the tour of the park in Atins, rather than Barreirinhas, as the experience was described as more 'unique', and less touristic. Having stayed in... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Lençois is one of the most beautiful, natural places in the world. It's seemingly untouched waves of dunes and crystal lagoons are unreal and a must-visit for seasoned travelers who feel like they've seen it all. Be prepared for a long van ride from São Luis and a Jeep ride to the dunes. The transport is worth it though! Bring... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Let me open with the obvious: this is a very exceptional place with sights that are unique and that will compel even the most blase traveller. It is a bit of a waste to go after early september because the lagoons start drying up so you lose some of the magic but the larger lakes (Bonito, Azul, Peixe, Agua de... More 

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The Netherlands
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We flew from Southern Brazil to Belém then to São Luís. It was very interesting to know the capital city of Maranhão state, a 400 y.o. city at the equator, but later we would discover why so many people simply go straight from the airport to Barreirinhas, without stopping in S. Luís: the Lençois Maranhenses are so worth the long... More 

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Milan, Italy
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It is really difficult to describe with words what you'll find when visiting this park: white sands and blue/green lagoons as far as your eyes can go, taking a bath into the lagoons, watching the sunset at the top of blue lagoon, the fun trip in the buggy with jumps and jolts, the river crossing, all this and much more... More 

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Jaboticabal, SP
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22 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The beauty of this place is surreal, the white sand dunes, the fresh water lagoons and the blue skies....but it requires some effort, walking over the dunes is not very easy, the trip to get to the dunes is rugged to say the least. But, in my opinion, it is a very worthy experience! try to see the sunset, the... More 

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