Lençóis – The Oasis of Brazil

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National Park Lençóis Maranhenses is located in Northeast Brazil in the state of Maranhão. The landscape resembles a desert, with dunes up to 40 meters tall and beautiful green and blue lagoons that make up an incredible landscape.
The park has a total area of 1,550 sq. km. (382.850 acre). There are dunes, all carved by the wind caused by the coming and going of the tides. Despite its desert aspect, Lençóis Maranhenses recorded an annual rainfall of 1600 (ie, 62.9 inches). All that water is reduced and marked during the rainy season from January to June.
From July to December is the dry period, when dozens of drainage ponds are totally or partially filled. The miracle of this story lies in the fact that when the ponds fill up again, life comes back. Fish, crustaceans and turtles reappear as if they had never left the place. For the visit, the best time of year runs from May to October, when natural pools.

The beauty of the place is not only in ponds. The dunes, which sometimes reach 65 feet or 20mts, consisting of a white sand. The landscape is constantly changing and therefore nobody has the privilege of seeing the same view twice.

In addition to its desert, it also has its mangroves, rivers, beaches and, of course, their “native”. The native fishermen are raising their small herds of cattle to help themselves during the dry season.
The park is located on the coast in the State of Maranhão, between First and Barreirinhas Cruz. To get there, visitors can choose to travel by bus or car is 10 hours, or a charter flight from St. Louis (the capital of that State), a Barreirinhas. The land has little tourist, but Barreirinhas find hotels, hostels, restaurants and craft shops. At the mouth of the river Preguiças (which flows through the area Lençóis) is the small town of Owls, who also have guest houses and restaurants. In villages it is possible to appreciate the cuisine of the region, including bird watching in the afternoon and take another boat to continue the journey: a journey with a pile of sand, beautiful scenery, the wind against your face, good food and nice people.

Discover Chapada Diamantina, a paradise in the Bay and 410 km from Salvador, the diving in this region that was the sea is unique. The number of places of interest can be unique and absolutely stunning its mountain ranges, crystal clear rivers, natural pools, caves, waterfalls and forests surrounding the city of Lençóis, which is no less attractive and full of history. It is impossible to resist a dip in Pratinha, with its transparent waters of the lake.

The historic center of the city went through a major program of restoration. Efforts to preserve the culture and architecture of the city is recognized as a World Heritage Site and the city by UNESCO.

Where is?
The first thing you should know about Lençóis is where is. Without this information it is difficult to reach. Lençóis is located in Bahia State, west of Salvador, about the same latitude as the capital and 410 km.

Cuisine:
Still retains the unique culinary heritage as well as dishes of refined taste, is sweet and spirits, which are over in June.

Transportation:

By plane:
You have to Airport Horacio de Matos.

By car:
Visitors can use the road Real Expresso, alternatives such as Itapemirim, São Geraldo, White Eagle, and New Horizon Federal, depending on the region. The passenger has the availability of buses, which depart from Salvador every day at 7:00 am, 13:00 and 23h30h, plus extra cars, which are always common in high season.

With private car, the driver must enter by the BR-324 to Feira de Santana, then you can decide on the BR-116 to the junction with the BR-242 (Bahia-Brazil), or the use of the BA-052 until Ipiros, followed by BA-488 until Itaberaba. From this city the following two paths equal 242.

Lençóis is small but cozy!

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