Lencois Maranhenses is a place of extreme natural beauty. The pale, perfect sand dunes stretch into the distance, 70km along the coast and 50km inland. What makes them so unique are the lakes and lagoons that are dotted between the dunes. They are crystal clear and often beautiful shades of blue and green, so inviting. Most people visiting Lencois Maranhenses do so via Sao Luis do Maranhao, the nearest large town, it is about four hours away from the park. This lovely colonial town was founded by the French in 1612 before coming under Portuguese rule. With so many historic buildings, many of which have been preserved, the town is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The rains come from January to the end of May. This makes June to August the best time to visit as the lakes and lagoons will still be full of water. It does become rather windy in October and November and many of the water pools will have dried up.
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Most flights go to Sao Paulo but some airlines have direct flights to Rio de Janeiro, and to North-eastern Brazil. British Airways and TAM have direct flights from London and many European carriers also offer flights to Brazil.
Language: Portuguese is the official language. Spanish and English are understood quite widely.
Not required for British nationals.
There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the rainforest.