Whether you were drawn here by my photos or someone else's, I can guarantee that after seeing photos of the Lencois Maranhenses in Brazil, you immediately wanted to go!
That's my story--or part of it. Jet is Brazilian, if you didn't know, and when he announced that his parents were having their 50th anniversary in Brazil this year, and that we would be going, I knew that I could jump at the opportunity to plan our own little tour of his home country, including this incredible-looking desert filled with freshwater lagoons! It had been 10 years since we last visited here, afterall, and with a country this big, there are no shortage of places to visit!
If you're planning a trip to Brazil and considering adding the Lencois Maranhenses to your itinerary, or even if you're considering Brazil as a destination specifically for them, then let me encourage your decision! It is such an incredible place and unbelievable destination! Obviously the pictures don't do it justice!
The anticipation and excitement the first time you see the glaring edge of a sand dune on the horizon, or the first time you hike your way up a dune and peek over at your first turquoise-blue lagoon, is truly an unforgettable experience! We spent hours just roaming and swimming and exploring the lagoons, and those few days we spent here were the highlight of my trip to Brazil (except seeing family, of course)!
So once you have convinced yourself it is worth going, you're ready to start planning how to get here. It's not an easy place to get to, as you probably guessed, otherwise I'm sure we'd be seeing more of these pictures everywhere. It REALLY helped that Jet speaks Portuguese, and without a translator, things can get tricky. Freshen up your Portuguese or download a translating app on your phone before you go. Or try to make all of your arrangements for transport ahead of time, through your hotels or B&B.
To help you, here are my best tips for getting to the Lencois Maranhenses, and where to stay once you're out there!
Emily & Jet: Our travel is modest, but packed with adventure. Cheap, but not hostel-cheap. Romantic, but exciting and memorable. We take little, but grand, adventures together to grow in love and life experience.