Friday, January 23, 2015

Parque Nacional dos Lençóis Maranhenses (National Park)

Photo: Wilson Rocha
The dunes of Lençóis Maranhenses or sheets (lençois) of Maranhão are an important area of environmental preservation. Another important conservation area is the Parnaíba River delta, between the states of Maranhão and Piauí, with its lagoons, desert dunes and deserted beaches or islands, such as the Caju island, which shelters rare birds.

Lençóis Maranhenses a name given to the vast dunes that stretch out over 1550-sq-km, which look like lençóis (bed sheets) strewn across the landscape and stretch 70 km along the coast and up to 50 km inland. This is a true white sand desert sprinkled with lagoons of crystal clear fresh water formed by the rain, the only place of its kind in the world. Halfway between São Luís and the Piauí border, the park also includes beaches, mangroves, lagoons and some interesting fauna, especially turtles and migratory birds. It is a spectacular place, especially from March to September, when rain that has been filtered through the sand forms crystal-clear pools and lakes between the dunes. (credit: lonelyplanet)

WALKS IN THE LENCOIS: It's a natural park so the only way to see it is on foot. There are two main access: from Barreirinhas by taking a trail (45 min) in a 4x4. Access from the lagoas (lagoons) Azul, do peixe and da Lua and access to the lagoa Bonita. These two walks although are different they worth to visit and it is the water level of the lagoons that makes you decide which one to take.

You also can rent an helicoptero(better, isn't it?)

Be warned: the best time to visit is from April to October, outside this period there is not much water in the lagoons and so the landscape is not the same.

Photo by Wilson Rocha

Photo by Wilson Rocha

Photo by Iain and Sarah via wikipedia

Photo by Wilson Rocha. People walking at the sunset by one of the 5000 lagoons on Lençois Maranhenses National Park - Maranhão Brazil

Photo: travelbrazil

Photo: google

Photo: google

Photo by Dante Laurini Jr via flickr

Photo by Caio Whitaker via flickr

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