Best known city of Lençóis Maranhenses, Barreirinhas is the main base for those who want to explore the region. The place offers good infrastructure, several hotels and inns, quality restaurants, developed commerce and many tourism agencies that take travelers on tours. As the most complete city among all bases, Barreirinhas ends up being the choice of most of the people who visit Lençóis Maranhenses. Although it is the most popular, it is important to make it clear that Barreirinhas is not the only option for accommodation. If you are scheduled to travel to the region, also read about Santo Amaro and Atins. It may be that the other two are more suited to you. If in doubt, see more in the post about where to stay in Lençóis Maranhenses.
Whoever chooses to stay in Barreirinhas will find a much more lively city compared to Atins and Santo Amaro. And it also means that there will be many more tourists! It will be easier to find groups to take the tours and, at the same time, it will be almost impossible to visit an empty pond. The truth is that it is practically irresistible to stay in Barreirinhas, since there are the most famous tours of Lençóis Maranhenses. However, we recommend that the experience includes hosting on at least two of the three bases.
The tour itineraries in Barreirinhas are well established and offered by all agencies at very similar prices. The main attractions within the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park are the Lagoa Bonita Circuit and the Lagoa Azul Circuit. To see the Lençóis Maranhenses in an even more spectacular way, the ideal is to fly over.
Outside the park, who attracts tourists is the speedboat ride along the Preguiças River that leads to Vassouras, Mandacaru and Praia do Caburé, which can also be reached on a quad bike tour. It is also worth checking out the buoy cross by the Rio Formiga, which offers tourists the experience of going down the river floating in buoys, being carried only by the current.
If the weather does not allow you to stay in Santo Amaro and Atins, the ideal is to take day trips to both regions. It will be very tiring, but it is certainly worth the sacrifice and time. In practice, Barreirinhas is not as close to the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park as the other two bases, so the travel time for any attraction will be longer. It is good to be prepared for the balance of the 4×4 that lead to the lagoons. See more about the tours around Barreirinhas and Lençóis Maranhenses.