"Lencois Maranhenses" Ilha dos Lençóis by coconutwireless
Ilha dos Lençóis Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 33 photos
Mother Nature using the combination of wind, rain and the rivers Parnaiba and Preguicas creates a natural phenomenon of white sand dunes and lakes of crystal clear water. Located in the Northeast state of Maranhao, the Brazillian desert Lencois Maranhenses also known in english as the "sheets" is an area of about 300 square kilometers.
a good web site is http://www.maria-brazil.org/lencois_maranhenses.htm
It is possible to take a package tour but much cheaper to do it on your own.
I made reservations at the Pousada dos Buritis in Barreirinahs (see accommodation tips) the closet town to Lençois with comfortable accommodations. The Pousada do Amazonia where I stayed in Sao Luiz was very helpful in securing and confirming reservations for the trip.
There are two kinds of busses you can take from São Luis to Barreirinhas. The local bus leaving from the Bus Station is R$ 18,00 for person and the minibus is R$25,00 pp. It´s 280 km and it takes 4 hours by bus. The mini-bus leaves the Historic Center between 5:00 and 5:30 a.m. and will pick up you near the Pousada Amazonia (see my Sao Luiz tips for accommodations) I was told you will have a breakfast during the trip. Can't verify that as we ended up taking the local bus (Çisne Branco Bus Company phone (98) 245-1233) both ways . We didn't fancy getting up that early to take the mini van and the local bus runs more frequently during the day starting at 07:00 a.m.
When you arrive in Barreirinahs it is easy to book the trip to Lençois with any of the tour companies. I think they all pool together anyway and use one or two companies.
I will write a chapter on the tour.
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