Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil

Postcard:Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil

A mesmerizing national park in Brazil with the white sand dunes and greenish lagoons.

  • Is a national park located in Maranhão state in northeastern Brazil.
  • It is located halfway between São Luís and the Piauí border.
  • The name of this 1.550 sq km national park refers to its immense expanses of dunes, which look like lençóis (bedsheets) strewn across the landscape.
  • The dunes stretch 70 km along the coast and up to 50 km inland.
  • The park offers the opportunity to enjoy the white sand dunes that reach 50 m in height and the greenish blue ponds with crystal clear waters.
  • The most sought after are Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Bonita, true oases that reward those who dare to venture through the largest field of dunes in Brazil.
  • Much of the park has the appearance of a desert, the area receives about 1.200 mm of rain per year (deserts by definition receive less than 250 mm annually).
  • It is the only desert on the planet that has ponds between white sand dunes.
  • During the rainy season the rainstorms fill the spaces among the dunes with fresh water lagoons of up to 100 metres in length and 3 metres in depth, and together comprising as much as 41 % of the area of the park.
  • It is a spectacular place, especially from May to September when rain, filtered through the sand, forms thousands of crystal-clear pools and lakes between the dunes. The lagoons are at their best in June, July and August.
  •  The park is a popular destination for ecotourism.

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