Beauties of the municipality of Santo Amaro in Lençóis Maranhenses

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Santo Amaro nos Lençóis Maranhenses
Santo Amaro in Lençóis Maranhenses

The municipality of Santo Amaro gained fame because of the beautiful lagoons & nbsp; that are “hidden” there, with just an hour’s walk from the city center, visitors can already appreciate these natural beauties that attract so many tourists.

Santo Amaro is the ‘B side’ of the park, with an inland climate and easy access to the lagoons.

The municipality of Santo Amaro is located 113 km away from the capital of Maranhão. A still quiet town located in the interior of Maranhão, the municipality that can be considered the “B side” of the Lençóis Maranhenses, and is one of the must-see destinations for those who want to know the entire National Park.

Santo Amaro is located at 113 km.

Different from Barreirinhas is ‘side A’, ‘entrance’ best known of the Lençóis Maranhenses, there you park very close to the Andorinha, Gaivota and Betânia Circuit lagoons. But the city’s structure is smaller.


The size of the city of São Paulo, the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park is the Brazilian “desert”. With huge dunes on all sides, it holds, as an oasis, freshwater lagoons, formed by the rains and the groundwater.

For those who like adventure and hiking, it is worth visiting the lagoons of the Emendadas circuit. On the way there is knee-deep water, blazing sun and sloping dunes. And the hike is long – an hour to go and another to come back.

If you just want to enjoy it effortlessly, Santo Amaro has even easier access to the lagoons than Barreirinhas because you can park very close to the dune to enjoy the Andorinha, Gaivota and Betânia circuit lagoons, where it is worth watching the sunset.

As in the other “gateway” to the park, it is not allowed to use private vehicles.

Mapa do Parque Nacional dos Lençóis Maranhenses
Map of the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park

The Lençóis Maranhenses National Park has an area of 300 square kilometers, divided between dunes and lagoons of fresh and crystalline water. A curiosity about this place is that in the months of drought, the lagoons pierce and end up drying up, turning the landscape into a great desert. So the best time to visit the city is between the months of May to September.

And it is not only dunes and lagoons that the municipality has as an attraction. The small town is crossed by the Rio Alegre, where you can admire a sunset that perfectly complements the landscape.

Mapa do Parque Nacional dos Lençóis Maranhenses
Mapa do Parque Nacional dos Lençóis Maranhenses

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 Lagoa da Gaivota

Lagoa da Gaivota is the main attraction in the municipality and is considered the most beautiful landscape of the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park.

Lagoa da Gaivota is located in a seagull nesting area, making it possible to observe the birds.

Also part of the circuit are the lagoons of Andorinha, Cajueiro and Maçarico, suitable for kitesurfing. On the way to the attraction it is possible to observe the lake of Santo Amaro.

Access can be made by hiking or by 4×4 vehicle accredited by the park.

Lagoa da Betânia

Like Lagoa da Esperança, this is a river course interrupted by a field of dunes. The attraction is in the village of Betânia, which offers some basic services.

The variation of water colors and the landscape with the dune field in the background, makes visiting this attraction a unique experience.

Lagoa das Emendadas

Accessible only by walking, there are several interdunar lagoons (inside the dune field) that connect and add up to kilometers in length.

Being an attraction inside the dune field, it allows the visitor to have a dimension of the size of the Maranhão sheets.

Praia da Travosa

Located near Travosa village, a fishing community, Travosa beach has a large extension with the dune field in the background. In April there is a surf championship in the region.

Santo Amaro Tourism and Travel Guide to the Lençóis Maranhenses and the Northeast.

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