Sao Luis - Gateway to the Lençois Maranhenses National Park
Sao Luis is the state capital of Maranhao and the arrival point for visits to the Lençois Maranhenses National Park, a remote and beautiful coastal land, with dunes, lagoons and stunning natural scenery. The white sands and blue lagoons make it the only desert in the world with its own lakes. There are 4x4 trips into the dunes, flights over them, and boat trips down the Lazy River to the ocean, where the village of Cabure sits on a sand spit that is slowly disappearing. The shifting sands of Maranhao are one of Brazil's special places.
Suitable Destination For: Ecotourism and Adventure Lovers
Best Time to Visit: April to August are the months when the wet season rains mean the Lençois Maranhenses lagoons are more likely to be full of water
Essential Sights & Activities: The Dunes & Lagoons of the Lençois Maranhenses National Park; the Flight over them; Boat Trip down to Cabure on the Rio Preguiças, the Lazy River; Kite-Surfing on the Atlantic Ocean and the Lençois Maranhenses lagoons