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Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Sossego do Cantinho, Lencois Maranhenses (Barreirinhas), Maranhao
By Alison McGowan
January 26, 2014

This morning I woke up in yet another gorgeous hidden paradise – the wonderful Pousada Sossego do Cantinho. Set on the banks of the River Preguias on the opposite side to Barreirinhas, gateway to the Lenois Maranhenses, this place has all the advantages of peace and tranquility off the beaten track whilst only being half an hour from bars restaurants shops and tourist agencies for those who need to be in civilisation now and again!

There are only 4 bungalows here, all super-spacious and light with rustic tiled floors, large beds and big bathrooms. Locally hand crafted buriti artesenato gives an authentic feel to the design, and the comfort is completed by split air-conditioning and fans plus mosquito nets, mini fridge and cable TV for those who can&rsquot;t do without news from home!

There&rsquot;s no pool here but you&rsquot;re right on the river so a quick dip is easy and there are sun loungers around near the small beach and a hammock on your terrace for relaxing. Walk across the gardens and there is a small restaurant serving light lunches and dinners in addition to breakfast, where the wi-fi actually works!

Sossego do Cantinho came highly recommended by 2 lots of friends so I had high expectations already but the reality was even better. This is a place where the only noise is the rustle of the leaves and the birds singing, where you really can relax in peace. A truly hidden gem.

About the Location
Barreirinhas is a fairly non-descript and sprawling town on the banks of the River Preguias. It is nevertheless a good place to start your trip to Lenois Maranhenses not least because the 7am van from your pousada in São Luis will get you to your new pousada for midday, just in time for lunch before the “sunset trip” to the dunes which leaves at 2pm. Tell Michael at Sossego do Cantinho which van you are taking and get the van to drop you off at the Restaurante Terral where he will be waiting to take you the 5 minutes across the river. Time to grab a bite to eat, change into swimming gear, not forgetting hat, sunscreen and insect repellent, before heading off for the dunes. They&rsquot;ll pick you up at the pousada.

Want to go into Barreirinhas in the evening? No problem. Just walk along the sandy track outside the pousada for 10 minutes and there&rsquot;s a foot ferry running constantly over the river 24 hours a day. It costs nothing and you&rsquot;ll be right in the town centre in 15 minutes total.

Not to be missed
– Trips to Lenois Maranhenses, the dunes and lagoons Azul and Bonita
– Trip down the River Preguias to Cabur and Atins
– Village of Madacuru and the lighthouse Farol das Preguias
– Trip down the Cardosa river returning in a rubber tube
– Local craft work made from Buriti palms
– Kayaking from the pousada

Starpoints
* Location on the banks of the Rio Preguias
* Swiss-Brazilian hosts Michael and Josiane
* Lovely chalets
* Great food

Try a Different Place if…
… you want to be right in town with all the noise, or if you don&rsquot;t like sand!

Alison is a British writer, musician, and marketing consultant, based in Rio de Janeiro. She can be contacted on alison@hiddenpousadasbrazil.com. Visit her site at http://www.hiddenpousadasbrazil.com/.

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