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Barreirinhas is a city in Maranhão. Mainly serving as a base for visitors to Lençóis Maranhenses, its riverside setting and sandy patches gives it a charm of its own.

Get in[edit]

  • Taxis to São Luís leave as soon as they are full, 3-4 hours, R$ 140 (4 people). Many in the morning, few locals will ride along after dark. Note that a taxi can take considerably longer than a bus depending on where your fellow passengers want to be dropped off.
  • Four buses a day from São Luís from the Rodoviaria, 06:00 AM - 08:45 AM - 02:00 PM - 07:30 PM, 4 hours 1/2, 29 R$, Cisne Branco company.
  • Vans do the same route as the buses to São Luís
  • Several daily pick-up trucks to Paulino Neves, with onward connections to Tutóia and Parnaíba, R$ 13, 2,5 hours.
  • Daily boat to Atins via Mandacaru (also stops in Caburé upon request) around 9 AM. 4 hours, 5 R$. Returns well after dark, depending on tide.
  • Arrange transport to the dunes, and then walk some 27 km across to Atins. This can be done in a day, or with camping half way.
  • Agencies can arrange for a combination of water and overland transport, typically to Parnaíba or Jericoacoara.
  • Litorânea[1] has a weekly turboprop to São Luís and another to Fortaleza via Parnaíba and Camocim. Air taxis can be arranged through agencies.

Get around[edit]

Mostly walkable. Otherwise a mototaxi will take you anywhere for R$ 3.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Terraços do Preguiça, Beira Rio. Varied menu, mostly seafood. Dishes for two at around R$ 40.  edit
  • Ressaca, At main square. Good selection of burgers, and some fingerbits.  edit

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There is something most every day, but locations shift. Ask around.

  • Chill on one of the stalls along the riverfront boardwalk.

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Beds in the center are fairly expensive, with some exceptions:

  • Pousada Gomes, (Around the corner from the Mototaxis). Very basic, shared bathrooms. Single R$ 10.  edit
  • Paraiso do Caju, Rua da Primavera (Riacho (Sitio da Fatima Correa)), (98)9162 4036 (), [2]. Cosy Pousada with very helpful and warm hearted team, leaded by the owner Patricio (speaks English). You can also book tours to Lencois here for a reasonable price. Single (Dorm) R$ 35,Double R$ 80, Tent R$ 25, Hammock R$ 20 - all including breakfast.  edit
  • Pousada do Porto, (Riverfront some 300 metres upriver from the boardwalk.), +55 98 3349 1910. Double with fan R$ 40. Also air con..  edit
  • Pousada Belo Horisonte, Avenida Joaquim Soeiro de Carvalho (Next to bus station). Overpriced. Single R$ 50.  edit
  • Posada Lins, Avenida Joaquim Soeiro de Carvalho (By the mototaxi stand). Bright and clean, spacious bathrroms, courtyard with small pool and hammocks. Single R$ 60.  edit
  • Pousada Lagoa Bonito is at the top of the sanddune where there is a great view of the marina ..... double with fan and good breakfast for R$40.


Slow internet at R$ 2-3 an hour.

Get out[edit]

  • Many agencies offer trips to the dunes, mostly leaving at 9 AM or 2 PM, returning 5 hours later, R$ 50 per person. A bumpy ride of an hour or so takes you to either Lagoa Bonita (reportedly better views) or Lagoa Azul, where a guide will walk you around. In theory it is possible to do both sites in one day, but this requires a special arrangement with some agency, as the trip proves too exhausting for most mortals. The afternoon might be preferred due to weaker sun, more shadows playing and a chance to see the sunset.
  • Another daytrip on offer is with a boat down the river Preguiça, to Atins, Mandacaru and/or Caburé. Unless you are in a hurry, it is recommended to stay overnight, or use one of these places as a stopover en route to Paulino Neves or Parnaíba.
  • Four buses a day to São Luís, 06:00 AM - 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM - 06:30 PM, 4 hours 1/2, 28 R$, Cisne Branco company.

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