The Best Brazilian Sand Dunes

The Dunes are one of the natural beauties that Brazil has. They are sand mountains formed on a process that involves Wind and Sea – A truly beautiful result.

When talking about dunes, most people think of the desert. However, in some regions near the Brazilian sea you can find these mountains of sand that change where are placed according to the wind. The landscape composition is even more beautiful with the white sand mountains attached to the blue sea in some of the fabulous destinations that can be found from north to south of the country.

For those who want to know typical Brazilian dunes, we separate some suggestions:

1. Lençóis Maranhenses – Maranhão

Considered one of the postcards of Brazil, Lençóis Maranhenses is a paradise of sand and water in the interior of Maranhão. 250 km away from São Luís, is Barreirinhas, a quiet town that loses all its tranquility in the high season, agitated by the engines of the 4 × 4 vehicles that make a round trip taking tourists to the National Park of the Lençóis Maranhenses. The Park has an area of ​​156 miles, dunes up to 50 meters high and white and fine sand, forming lagoons of crystal clear water, turquoise blue or emerald green. A fantastic landscape that becomes more beautiful from July to September, when it rains and the lagoons are formed.

2. Genipabu Dunes (Natal) - Río Grande do Norte

We can not visit Natal without knowing the region of the Dunes of Genipabu, which is about 20 kilometers from the center of Natal. Moreover taking beautiful photos and feeling the delicious breeze off the coast of the Grande Norte River, you can choose to go on rides that include: buggy ride, skiing, lunch, sea bath, among others.

Do not miss at least once in your life the enchanting scenery that has already been seen in several Brazilian novels, such as El clon, Flor del Caribe and Tieta del Agreste

3. Florianópolis - Santa Catarina

The dunes are one of the major tourist attractions of Florianópolis. Those that remain between Joaquina Beach and Conceição Lagoon host many sandboard surfers. Besides these, some minors, between the beaches of Ingleses and Santinho, are very sought after by tourists. On the beaches of Campeche, Armação and Pântano do Sul there are small formations that give charm to the beaches of Santa Catarina.

4. Jericoacoara Dunes – Ceará

300 km away from Fortaleza, in Ceará, Jericoacoara is located, considered synonymous of paradisiacal beach. On the central beach of Jeri is the Pôr do Sol Dune, imposing on the stage, where every day at the end of the afternoon, visitors and residents gather at the top of its 30 meters of sand to appreciate the spectacular sunset besides the sea, where the dunes gradually change color in minutes. Unforgetable experience

5. Jalapão Dunes – Tocantins

The huge banks of orange and golden sand reach 40 meters high. Surrounded by the Sierra del Espíritu Santo and cut by a stream, cover a beautiful sunset. On the way, it's good to stop in the Quilombola community of the Novo River, to enjoy an ice cream with flavors of the region, such as mangaba, buriti and brute. From the top of the dunes, there is one of the best panoramic views of the region, especially during the sunset; everything is dyed orange, red, magenta and blue. Add to this landscape add the streams that sprout from the ground, the waterfalls, crystalline pools, golden grass and the feeling of being totally far from Civilization

6. Piaçabuçu Dunes – Alagoas

The dunes of Piaçabuçu are located in a preservation region, at the mouth of the São Francisco River, in Alagoas. Access to this region is very restricted: only with 4 × 4 vehicles and authorized agencies. But the walk is worth it, because it is one of the most untouchable dunes in Brazil. Passing through a beautiful palm-tree and restinga forest, arrival is at the entrance to the dunes of Piaçabuçu. The road that used to be done by jeep is now done walking 250 meters to the beautiful golden sands, which form 21 km of dunes, with heights of more than 40 meters. In the place it is possible to practice 'ski-bunda', 'ski-pance', 'ski-mix', 'double deck' or all the creative ways of going down from very high dunes to the beautiful lagoons, formed by the rains that fall from May to September . A true paradise hidden in Alagoas.

7. Mangue Seco – Bahia

The village located between Bahia and Sergipe became famous when it was the main recording stage for Jorge Amado's novel Tieta, at the end of the 80s. From there to there, few things have changed, the bugue walks through the dunes are still the main attraction. However, the landscape changes every day, covering the coconut trees, the houses and even the streets with sand. Between one walk and another, it is worth enjoying the freshwater rivers, the strong waves beaches and the beach huts which serve Nordestina delicacies.