Paulino Neves & Rio Novo
This small fishing and farming community between Barreirinhas and Tutoia – a staging post on the route between Barreirinhas and Parnaíba – is a tranquil place where the dune fields of the Pequenos Lençóis (effectively an extension of those in the national park to the west) are within a 20-minute walk of the village.
Tutoia is a relatively large yet somewhat underdeveloped market town at the western end of the Delta do Parnaíba. A boat ride through the delta from Parnaíba to Tutoia is a nice way to start a trip to the Lençóis Maranhenses. There are also several daily buses from Parnaíba to Tutoia (R$16, 2½ hours), the first at 5:30am and the last at 4:30pm.