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Lencois Maranhenses National Park

Barreirinhas, State of Maranhao, Brazil
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Ranked #1 of 15 attractions in Barreirinhas
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: National Parks
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

I spent 3 days hiking in Lençois Maranhenses and it was an amazing experience! It felt like being stuck inside the setting of a Salvador Dalí painting. The walks were mellow but long (38 KM's on the longest day) and you can do it all without even wearing shoes so don't worry about packing heavy hiking boots. Even when it... More

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Alcochete, Portugal
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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

After my walk on the dunes in late 2013, in the Curonian Spit, again I was offered the opportunity to walk on another set of dunes, in the Brazilian state of Maranhão, near the small town of Barreirinhas. The Lençóis of Maranhão ("Bedsheets of Maranhão", or "Sheets of Maranhão") are much bigger than the Russian dunes in the Kalinegrad Oblast,... More

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Geelong
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

I've visited the park several times over the years, in the wet and dry seasons, with family, partner, and most recently with my 81 year old mother. She made it to the top of the Farol (lighthouse) at Mandacaru, and was proud of that achievement, she also made it over the dunes (steep, high soft, hot sand!) to the first... More

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Vancouver
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140 reviews 140 reviews
58 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

It takes about forty five minutes of white knuckle bush whacking before the Jeep buries its nose in the sand. Climb up with water, sunscreen, a hat and a sense of expectation. You will be amazed at this endless landscape of a sea of shifting sand folded around azure lakes. It is stunning and seems hard to believe. Go for... More

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Porto Alegre, RS
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91 reviews 91 reviews
75 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Loved it and will do again. Worth the money. Very well spent. Take a jeep tour and let the guys talk about the place! Eat the "tapiocas" by the river when you're coming back to the city! :)

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Sao Paulo, SP
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Forget about the tours, the real way to enjoy the park is to have a 3 days trek through the dunes! It is an unbelievable experience, walking only 2/3h per day, staying with the locals, sleeping in hammock, it is unique, and, believe me, very relaxing!

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Sao Paulo, SP
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

You can mainly have 2 types of visits: Lagoa Azul, which is the first one they sell you, and Lagoa Bonita (there are other options that are further or the access is more difficult). The first is nice, but crowded and not very different from what you can find in other cities in Brazil. The second (Bonita) is the beautful... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Enjoyed everything. Have to be prepared to arrive in a very poor place with minimum of service, but a natural park with fantastic view and natural pools (Be attention with the period of your visiting - after October no water in the lagoons)

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Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

You can look at the pictures and be amazed by what you see but they are nothing compared to being surrounded by soft white sand and a crystal clear lagoon in front of you, it's a must see! It truly is a unique experience that doesn't come close to any other desert

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Melbourne, Australia
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106 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

If you come during the season when the lagoons form in the dunes it is a stunning place and worth the visit - desert with dunes on the coast, with fresh water lagoons! We did the scenic flight - well worth it to see the place from above - a tour to Bonito lagoon and also a walk through the... More

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