The name means “bedsheets” in Portuguese because of the spectacular landscape that is created by miles of rolling, smooth clean sand dunes.
Entrance to the park is made exclusively by 4-wheel drive trucks, mostly in bad conditions in long parts with dirt roads.
Most of the constructions in Maranhão (São Luís Historic Centre is also listed in UNESCO’s World heritage list)
are covered by beautiful tiles: like in Portugal these azulejos have some practical uses too, including keeping out the damp and ensuring buildings stay cool in the warm weather.
Tips for you
The best time of the year to visit goes from June to September, when the rainy season has just ended and the lagoons are full of swimmable fresh water. Take plenty of water, you will find absolutely nothing for miles!
Lagoa Bonita and Lagoa Azul are the two most spectacular ones. Ride the sand dunes aboard a jeep. It’s gonna be fun.
Take a flight over the Lençóis with small Cessna (2/3 pax) to enjoy the magnificent lagoons that advance as far as 50 km into the continent from above.
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