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Lençóis Maranhenses National Park Lençóis Maranhenses National Park

The only desert on the planet that has ponds between white sand dunes.

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One of the most beautiful Brazilian sceneries, Lençóis Maranhenses National Park encompasses the municipalities of Primeira Cruz, Santo Amaro and Barreirinhas, in the state of Maranhão. It lies on the banks of Preguiças River, forming a landscape of rare beauty and that is paradise-like in its 155,000 hectares.

The Park offers the opportunity to enjoy the white sand dunes that reach 50m 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. Diving into the ponds, walking on the sand and watching the Sunset are experiences you will remember for the rest of your life.

If you want more excitement in your tour, you can visit the Park in 4 x 4 vehicles, specially adapted to overcome the sandy terrain. Also, take the opportunity to get to know the local communities, where you can stay overnight in the picturesque vastness of Lençóis.

Key information and tips

Do not use sunscreen and toiletries in the ponds.

Ask permission from the administration to enter with your own 4 x 4 vehicle.

The best time to visit is between June and September.

Use sunscreen, a hat and light clothing. Take snacks and water bottles.

Avoid setbacks. Follow the orientations of the guide and the signaling.

Opening hours:
Daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Free entry. Guided tours are paid separately and the values vary according to the size of the group.

Duration of the Visit
4 hours, approximately.
ICMBio Phone Number: + 55 (98) 3349-1267
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Lençóis Maranhenses National Park
Tourism in Maranhão


Parque Nacional dos Lençóis Maranhenses – Barreirinhas, Maranhão

You can hire a travel agency to go to the Park. The vehicles must have an adhesive with the accreditation number and drivers must carry an ID badge.

Since there are no roads inside the Park, many of the tours are made on foot or by boat and must be carried out in the company of a licensed tourist guide.

You can rent a 4 x 4 car and go to the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, with prior permission granted by the administration of the ICMBio in Barreirinhas.