Brazil is an immense country that offers visitors many attractions: the joy of its inhabitants, a rich and varied cuisine, good prices, unique festivals and celebrations in the world, good weather, miscegenation and, of course, incredible natural landscapes. Today we want to tell you about one of the most beautiful. We are referring to the Lençois Maranhenses National Park , a territory with an area of 156,584 hectares that has not yet been discovered by mass tourism.
As we will tell you in more detail below, it is a giant desert located in the state of Maranhao that fills with freshwater lagoons between the months of June and September. Therefore, this year you still have time to discover the beauty of this place. Do you want to know this Brazilian corner more thoroughly? Well, all you have to do is join us!
Lagoons of green and blue waters in the desert
Lençois Maranhenses National Park, located in the state of Maranhao, very close to the city of Sao Luis, is considered one of the most amazing natural wonders in all of South America. During a good part of the year the place remains dry, so it has the appearance of a gigantic desert. However, when the rainy season begins, the space that remains between the dunes, which can reach 40 meters in height, fills with water, creating numerous lagoons of green and blue waters that contrast with the white sand. Without a doubt, it is one of the strangest and most beautiful landscapes on the planet.
Two ways to explore the landscape
The Lençois Maranhenses were declared a National Park in 1981 in order to protect this unique and extraordinary territory. In fact, not even access roads have been built to reach the place, although you can explore it by jeep. Of course, it is also allowed to walk through the dunes and bathe in the lakes, an activity that, of course, is very worthwhile. On the other hand, you should know that there is the possibility of taking a panoramic flight , being able to obtain the best views of the landscape. In addition, it is highly recommended to visit the city of Sao Luis de Maranhao which, as we have mentioned before, is very close to the park. It is a population that has been declared Historical and Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
Marine animals and migratory birds
Believe it or not, on the beaches of Lençois de Maranhenses you can find marine animals such as crabs and turtles. In addition, many migratory birds arrive here to rest and feed.
When to visit the park
Although it sounds typical, visiting the Lençois Maranhenses National Park is worth it all year long. Of course, you should know that the landscape and the climate change during the different times of the year. Thus, it is important that you bear in mind that the rainy period runs from January to May. It is during this period when the lakes are coming. There are many who assure that the best time to visit this place is from June to September, when the lakes are already full and the days are sunny. The lakes begin to dry out at the end of the year, when temperatures also drop a bit. In any case, before visiting this place it is essential to apply sunscreen. Also, it is a good idea to bring a supply of water. Then we leave you with our gallery , where you can find more images of this beautiful national park. We recommend that you do not miss them!