Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Brazil
Lençóis Maranhenses National Park is enormous. It’s also rather strange. There’s nowhere else on Earth with a landscape quite like this. Spend a little time here and you’ll feel as though you’ve travelled to another planet. Located in North-East Brazil, the National Park is a sprawling desert. This might not sound unusual, but there’s a twist. When the summer rains come, the desert floods. The sands sitting atop impermeable rock that prevents drainage, freshwater lagoons form amongst the dunes, creating a land like no other.
Covering 380,000 acres — and boasting 43 miles of captivating Atlantic coastline — Lençóis Maranhenses is becoming more and more popular amongst those with an eye for the unusual. Thinking about paying a visit? Take our advice and don’t leave it too late. The shimmering lagoons are at their fullest between May and August. But from September onwards, the waters start to dry up and the desert returns to a state of normality.