Take the desert plunge

Discover Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, a spectacular dune ­landscape extending 40 kilometers inland from the coast of Maranhão state in northern Brazil

Take the desert plunge – Last Resort
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The adventure begins in the town of Barreirinhas, the starting point for tours of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, a dune landscape covering an area of 1500 square kilometers, which is Brazil’s only desert. Its endless expanses of fine, snow-white sands are broken only by crystal-clear, freshwater lagoons. It’s impossible to resist the urge to take a dip! The best time to go is between March and September because many of the mini lakes run dry later in the year for lack of precipitation.