The Lençois Maranhenses are something I’ve wanted to see for as long as I can remember.
Years ago I saw pictures of these perfect white sand dunes, with the most mesmerising blue water cutting through it, and I knew I needed to go there someday. Needed to explore it for myself, lose myself in those pools.
And I did. I finally did.
On one of our treks we were waiting for the sunset when, to the side of the dunes, a light rainbow started to form.
It grew brighter and brighter and within minutes became the most stunning & vibrant rainbow I’d ever laid eyes on.
It did not disappoint in the slightest, and I am so happy I got to share such an incredible moment with an incredible person by my side.
So so grateful.
Do – the main attraction here are the dunes. There are several trips you can do on the river, but the dunes are what takes your breath away. Explore as many as you can. At Canto do Atins is where the famous prawns are, cooked at either Luzia or Antonio’s restaurant.
Stay – You can either stay in the town of Barreirinhas or the village of Atins. It depends on what you’re after really. Barreirinhas is much bigger and an actual town, where to get to the dunes you need to book tours. Atins is a little village (no phone service or internet) right where the dunes start and the sea meets the river. There you’ll have more liberty and not need to book any specific tours unless you want to.
Go – Make sure to go when there is water in the dunes. The best time to go is June/July but it’ll be good until November. After that, it’s dry season until around March when it starts to rain again.
Make sure you try the sweet tapioca, which is filled with condensed milk and shredded coconut.
So so good, and naturally gluten free!