This place is as strange as its name, and it came our way unexpectedly.
I was travelling for a few months already on the Brazilian coast, with my travel partner and old friend, Frankie, when we first heard about the place. It was our Brazilian newly friend, Breno, who first mentioned about the beauty of Lençois Maranhenses, over a cold caipirinha in the outskirts of Fortaleza.
-Amigu, a blue lagoon in the middle of the desert? Dessert, here in Brazil? Frankie, say, how many drinks did you buy to this guy?
After confirming with some other sources, we decided to check whether this place truly exist, as described by Breno, or not. So we put Lençois on the trip map, but only after a compulsory stay in the beautiful Jericoacoara.

On the way to the national park. Photo by Francois
On the way to the national park. Photo by Francois

The transportation from Jeri to the national park of Lençois Maranhenses, was a real mess. In order to make the 420 km between the lively seashore of Fortaleza and our final destination, we had to spend two full days on the road.
However, arriving in the natural park made all the trouble of the road to disappear, as we were thrilled to watch this outstanding kind of landscape.

A men and his horse walking over dunes. Photo by Francois
A men and his horse walking over dunes. Photo by Francois

The national park itself is a formation of unexplainable, perfectly white sand dunes which, occasionally, they create lagoons of amazing blue water.

Photo by Francois
Photo by Francois

When we first stepped into the sand early in the morning, our shoes went off right away. Once we arrived at the border of the first lagoon, the air temperature became increasingly high.

-Let’s dive in, said Frankie, while throwing away his clothes on the way to the blue lagoon, without even looking back at me to see if I join him or not. Quickly, I searched the the snorkeling mask and tuba that I prepared specifically for this moment. I put them on and ran through lagoon like a crazy kid.
We both entered the water with a huge splash and a cry of joy, disturbing the complete silence of the area, with those immense patches of sand watching down at us.
On my big surprise, the water wasn’t salty at all, as I expected. I managed to get quite fast at the bottom of that blue, transparent water, which according to my dive watch, was at around 3,5 metres.

At sunset. Photo by Francois
At sunset. Photo by Francois

Eventually, we spent a whole day, enjoying like children the uniqueness of the area and simply admiring the beauty of the landscape. As the sun was setting down, his warm light enveloped us, making the moment even more legendary. Later on, we continued our adventures towards Sao Louis, where other joyful adventures were expecting us.

Photo by Francois
Photo by Francois
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  • Dootzoo
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    Amazing! So fresh water …any wildlife ? gotta Google this

    • Ovidiu Balaj
      Reply

      Well, there is the tiger fish for example! 🙂

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