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Santo Amaro Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 76 photos

Nature and Adventure

Santo Amaro is located on the eastern coast of Maranhao, approximately 243 km from Sao Luis, at the boundaries of the National Park of Lencois Maranhenses. It is characterized by beautiful landscapes of beaches, dunes, fields, rivers, lakes and ponds, in the middle of savanna and mangrove forest. The municipality of Santo Amaro do Maranhao is the latest destination of ecotourism of Brazil and the attractions are many.

With a unique natural beauty, it's the ideal place for nature lovers and perfect for those who like adventure. The difficulty to get there only increases the expectation of visitors but it can also discourage many. From Sao Luis there is a four hours bus drive until the village of Sangue and then the adventure starts. Since the road is not paved, access is only through four wheel drive cars. The road is flooded during the rainy season, from March to June.

The area around Santo Amaro do Maranhao and Lagoa da Gaivota can be seen in the haunting Brazilian film Casa de Areia (House of Sand), a 2005 production directed by Andrucha Waddington. The isolation of Lencois Maranhenses at the beginning of the 20th century, when the film plot starts, is not such a distant reality for the region's community.

  • Last visit to Santo Amaro: Dec 2007
  • Intro Updated Oct 24, 2008
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  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2010 at 12:47 AM

    Aaaah! a village of mango trees- my favourite fruit. The village sounds like a little bit of heaven- peaceful and pretty, and friendly locals. Good general tips and great pics.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2010 at 3:06 AM

    Fascinating tips on the mango trees and the simple life of the local people, and on your transportation adventures. I enjoyed looking at your travelogues, too.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2008 at 2:24 AM

    Beautiful photos of the children of Santo Amaro!! I too always love to visit OTBP places like this, makes the whole thing more of an adventure! Wow, that late lunch looks very appetizing.

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