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Getting There

By Car -- Barreirinhas is 250km (155 miles) from São Luis, along the BR-135 and MA-402 highways. Both highways were recently paved and are in good shape.

By Bus -- Santur (tel. 098/3248-3072) offers daily service to and from Barreirinhas by comfortable air-conditioned minivan. The trip costs R$35 per person and takes 3 to 4 hours. Pickup is at your hotel. Vans depart São Luis anywhere from 5 to 9am (depending on demand). Vans depart Barreirinhas daily at 5pm. Cisne Branco (tel. 098/3243-2847) has regular non-air-conditioned buses four times daily in both directions, departing from either the São Luis rodoviaria, or the rodoviaria in Barreirinhas. The trip takes from 4 to 6 hours. Cost is R$29.

By Plane -- Unfortunately, there are no longer regularly scheduled flights between São Luís and Barreirinhas. Depending on demand and the time of year, flights may start up again, but we recommend checking availability before you go. Contact one of the Barreirinhas tour operators , the Pousada Encantes do Nordeste, the Preguiças Resort, or confirm with your travel agency.

Getting Around

Taxi stands are in the city center. A taxi from the center to an outlying hotel costs R$12. A motorcycle taxi costs R$4 from center to the hotels. Call tel. 098/3349-0687 or cell 9111-5609.

Visitor Information

There is no tourist office in Barreirinhas. A useful website for Lençóis Park is www.parquelencois.com.br. The tourism agency Ecodunas, Rua Inácio Lins 164, in the center of town (tel. 098/3349-0545; www.ecodunas.com.br; daily 9am-6pm), has a helpful staff. The state tourism website is www.turismo.ma.gov.br/en/index.html.

Fast Facts -- Banco do Brasil, Av. Joaquim Soeiro De Carvalho s/n (tel. 098/3349-1172; Mon-Fri 9am-2pm), has a 24-hour ATM. Internet access at Sol e Lua Cybercafe, Av. Beira Mar s/n (Mon-Sat 8am-noon and 1:30-11pm), R$4 an hour, but the connection is unreliable.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.