Brazil Raposa in Maranhão: Tour through Fronhas Maranhenses

South America

The tour through Foxat the Maranhãois an unmissable attraction for anyone traveling to Saint Louis. The fishing village, which is about 30km from the capital of Maranhãohas beautiful natural landscapes in addition to its famous duneswhich are known as “Maranhense Pillowcases” because they are a smaller version of Lençóis.

The road to Raposa is easy. From São Luís to there it is about 30 minutes by car. In addition to the natural landscape, women selling their traditional lace are prominent in the city.

RIDE BY FOX

Boat trips leave from Raposa to Fronhas Maranhenses, which are a taste of what we will find later in Lençóis. Some of the tours have shrimp, fish and drinks included on the boat, it's worth asking about the options beforehand. Other boats also allow passengers to bring their own drinks. An important tip is that there are no restaurants or bars in Fronhas. So at least take your water.

Raposa, Maranhão (Photo: Roberto Castro/Mtur)

Raposa, Maranhão (Photo: Roberto Castro/Mtur)

The path is already beautiful. We pass through mangroves and typical vegetation of the region. You can see several birds and other animals, as well as the little boats that pass by our side. The first stop is at an oyster farm. Great choice for those who love this seafood. You can pay very cheap (12 for 10 reais in May 2017) to eat there right away.

Raposa, Maranhão (Photo: Roberto Castro/Mtur)

Raposa, Maranhão (Photo: Roberto Castro/Mtur)

The second stop is at the expected Fronhas Maranhenses. What an incredible view!! I hadn't been to Lençóis yet, so this trip to Raposa was truly unforgettable! You can already feel a little bit of what it's like to be in this national paradise. There, you can enjoy the dunes, lagoons and Carimã beach. And the best of all is that it is very close to São Luís. You can take a leisurely day trip.

Raposa, Maranhão (Photo: Roberto Castro/Mtur)

Raposa, Maranhão (Photo: Roberto Castro/Mtur)

Raposa, Maranhão (Photo: Roberto Castro/Mtur)

Raposa, Maranhão (Photo: Roberto Castro/Mtur)

Raposa, Maranhão (Photo: Roberto Castro/Mtur)

Raposa, Maranhão (Photo: Roberto Castro/Mtur)

Raposa, Maranhão (Photo: Roberto Castro/Mtur)

Raposa, Maranhão (Photo: Roberto Castro/Mtur)

Raposa, Maranhão (Photo: Roberto Castro/Mtur)

Raposa, Maranhão (Photo: Roberto Castro/Mtur)

Raposa, Maranhão (Photo: Roberto Castro/Mtur)

Raposa, Maranhão (Photo: Roberto Castro/Mtur)

Raposa, Maranhão (Photo: Roberto Castro/Mtur)

Raposa, Maranhão (Photo: Roberto Castro/Mtur)

Raposa, Maranhão (Photo: Roberto Castro/Mtur)

Raposa, Maranhão (Photo: Roberto Castro/Mtur)

After the Pillows, we took the opportunity to eat typical fish from the region in the Tia Tereza restaurantwhich is simple, but very tasty.

An important tip: Before deciding to take the tour, It's worth checking the tide table, as in Maranhão there is a great variation and the sea recedes a lot in a short time.

We took the tour with the people from Jânio Tour. We went to Raposa by transfer, but you can go by taxi or regular bus. A Coastal Transport Make the round trip from Mercado Cetral de São Luís.

+ See all the tips for São Luís

+ Find out how to organize your trip to Lençóis Maranhenses

Adolfo Nomelini

Journalist graduated from PUC-SP and postgraduate in Communication in Digital Media, he is passionate about music, coxinha, television, his glasses and the internet. He has worked with online content for more than 15 years and spends much of his time “throwing his body out into the world, walking everywhere and, according to the natural law of encounters, leaving and receiving something.”

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