After Jericoacoara we left for Barreirinhas, where the Lencois Maranhenses are located. The trip was pretty wild. We left at 8 am in a 4X4. We drove on the beach for quite awhile, moving through streams that crossed the beach, and then going through a narrow sand road through a mangrove forest. Then we took a ferry over a bay to a town with an asphalt road. The next few hours were pretty tame, easy driving except for the odd horse or donkey that thought about crossing or the many moto drivers who tested their luck. We also had the most amazing shrimp we've ever had. Then we got to a town near to Barreirinhas where we had to pick up a guide to show us the way through the moving sand dunes of Lencois Maranhenses. For the next few hours then, we drove along a sand road that shook us about. I think this part of the trip took about an hour, but it seemed like a lot more. Finally, around four or five we arrived and unpacked.
The next day we kind of hung around town in the morning until our tour of the lencois left in the afternoon. The Lencois are a massive area of white sand, spotted with little clear lakes. It's a remarkable view.
|The contrast between the forest below and the lencois is really striking. Walking over the ridge to see the white sand is something I'll never forget.|
|The lakes are pretty deep. I'm kneeling here. Some lakes also have fish in them that dig down into the wet sand when the lakes dry up and go dormant until the rains start again.|
|The hike up was relatively hard, there is a rope that you can pull yourself up with. Down was easier, allowing for more glamour shots.|
The day after we had a boat tour that took us along a river to the sea and back again. We saw some massive mangrove forests and had some of the best fish we've ever had.
|A boat doing the same boat tour as us.|
|Most of the monkeys were super friendly, this one was shifty and got really upset when Amanda touched his tree.|
|This monkey ate like three coconuts.|
|The best fish I've ever had, really nice.|