We present you with yet another beautiful place on Earth this week, and it’s none other than Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Brazil. This place has been dubbed as the “bed sheets of Maranhao”. Maranhao being a northeastern coastal state of Brazil and the bed sheets being the half-moon-shaped dunes. Most probably you will fail to contemplate, whether it is the desert that has blanketed an ocean or an ocean that has draped a desert. Truly, it seems as if someone has spilled a brilliant green paint on a brown background of canvas. Whatever you call it, it’s a truly magical destination!
Imagine a setting of shimmering white ribbon sand dunes trapping water, shoals of beautiful fish swimming in crystal clear turquoise waters that were left behind by the rains, waves of water being washed away to shores and shepherds leading caravans of dainty goats over soaring dunes, Lencois Maranhenses is truly one of the masterpieces of nature.
A flat terrain that frequently gets flooded stretches over to 1500 sq. kilometers. Despite being a harbor of abundant rain, it lacks vegetation, except for buritis- a kind of palm tree. The rain water collects in the dales between sand dunes in the rain season from July to September.
Lencois Maranhenses is surprisingly an abode to a plethora of fishes, which is the reason why fishermen inhabiting the park work during the rainy season.
To maintain the parks exquisite and protected status, vehicles are not permitted access.
Most prominent lagoons at Maranhenses national park are Lagoa Bonita, Lagoa Azul and Lagoa da Gaivota. The best time to visit this amazing park is from May to September, when the weather is clear and sunny while the lagoons are full.
Don’t get discouraged by the sizzling hot temperature, as the winds and lagoons are a major cooling factor to help you unwind, chill out and relax like no other place on earth.