Thursday, 12 April 2012


Two words - Lençóis, Brazil.

The Lençóis Maranhenses National Park (Parque Nacional dos Lençóis Maranhenses) looks like a desert. But it isn't. According to Wikipedia, it's an area of low, flat, occasionally flooded land, overlaid with large, discrete sand dunes. It encompasses roughly 1500 square kilometers, and despite abundant rain, supports almost no vegetation.

It is located in Maranhão state, in northeastern Brazil, just east of the Baía de São José. Composed of large, white, sweeping dunes it is subject to a regular rain season during the beginning of the year. The rains cause a peculiar phenomenon: fresh water collects in the valleys between sand dunes, spotting the desert with blue and green lagoons that reach their fullest between July and September.
 You could have your very own lagoon, for a limited time offer.

The area is also surprisingly home to a variety of fish which, despite the almost complete disappearance of the lagoons during the dry season, have their eggs brought from the sea by birds.

And while we're in Brazil, we can also pop on over to Rio... two words: why not?


  1. it looks insanely unreal and i love it !

  2. A national park for the fish! About time too, if you ask me. And if you get tired of fish watching, pop over to Rio for some bum-watching!

  3. That is GORGEOUS! Agh, I'd love to go to Brazil and learn Portuguese!! And visit this gorgeous National Park!

  4. RIO - means one thing - CARNIVAL!!

    Yes, go for the sand dunes and lakes by all means, but stay for Carnival.

  5. learn something new everyday. This places looks fascinating! I say we start saving for the World Cup in Brazil in 2014! :)

  6. Lençóis, Brazil... I had never hear of that place before. Hard to believe such a beautiful place exists. Now I have to go there and spend more money. Thank you very much. I'll put this destination on my..... list.

    Rio. I remember: 1993. I was about to buy myself a ticket to Rio and then I fell in love with a girl and decided to spend my money on her. No joke. I still think I should've gone.

  7. RCB - there are girls in Brazil to spend money on...

    Azra - there are also boys for you to hang out with.

  8. Jaya
    It does look unreal the first time you see it, like your eyes are deceiving you or something :)

    My Brazilian students have assured me that there's much more to Brazil then tits and bums. It would be nice to find out for myself :)

    I use to be able to speak conversational Portuguese in High School. Haven't practised in ages and forgotten most of it ;P

    I'd like to go to the carnival too, just to see what its all about.
    I don't want "boys" LL, I'm 30 now - "men" or more accurately, "a Man" would do nicely :D

    How AWESOME would a Brazilian World Cup be?!? I'm thinking off the hook. Start saving! ;D

    There are other beautiful places in this world aside from Bora Bora Randy. At least you can say I've helped broaden your horizons LOL ;D

  9. Wow, that is a very interesting phenomenon. At first I thought it was a beach.

    That is so cool how there are fish too! Wonder what its like to fish for them?

    Btw, thanks for the map website. Got a good laugh out of it.

  10. wow it's beautiful will be adding this one to my list of dunes to see.

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  12. Oh, that looks gorgeous! 'Reminds me a bit of Pamukkale, Turkey.

  13. This hasn't been the first time. I hope you'll never stop...
    Too bad I lack the money that doesn't make me happy to go there between now and tomorrow.

  14. Oh wow. So pretty. Would definitely love to see the place myself too!

  15. Azra, if you come to Spain, you can practice your conversational Portuguese with David if you help him practice his conversational English. Oh yeah, and have tapas!! :)

  16. ipenka
    You can always go and find out what's fishing like there :)

    Yes, it's a must see for me too :)

    I'd LOVE to go to Turkey!! Can't wait actually :)

    Yes I know about the money issue - but it doesn't have to stop us. I hear people in Brazil need English Professors too ;P

    Terra Shield
    It's a gem of a place and many people don't even know it exists :)

    I'd be happy just to come to Spain. As a bonus, I'd speak any language you want me to ;D

  17. What an incredible place! WOW. Seems unreal.
    Beautiful photos.

  18. Roamingtheworld
    Yes, it does look quite pretty :)