The enormous sand dune national park of Lençois Maranhenses may not ring a bell to many foreign tourists, but for Brazilians it is often their number one destination on their travel bucket list. We visited the park last August and I didn’t have very high expectations, but boy was I wrong! We did a 2.5 day / 60km hike (spontaneously booked the night before) and for most of the time I felt like I was on another planet. Only in the huts where we spent the night we encountered a few other people, but we didn’t meet anybody during the daytime trekking.
The Lençois Maranhenses dunes are big, beautiful, high – and there are so many of them. It’s easy to get lost without a guide. Once every while we would come across a lake, where we would swim, drink some water or walk through it to get to the other side. Other than that, it was us, an occasional goat, and dunes dunes dunes.
The sunsets in Lençois Maranhenses were beautiful with the rising moon.
Being surrounded by dunes without other people or life as you know it really made you feel like you were in outer space. We left the oasis where we would spend one of the nights to go for a little stroll, and I felt like I didn’t want to go that far from ‘base camp’. It’s kind of like walking on the moon (only guessing here), but with a different landscape. Just sand all around you. And in all your clothes.
I highly recommend Lençois Maranhenses if you are looking for something of the usual gringo trai, if you are willing to do a long hike. The day tours are great too, but you’ll have to share it with many more people. Have you already been to Lençois Maranhenses?