Maranhão is a NE state of Brazil. To the north lies the AtlanticOcean. Maranhão is neighboured by the (clockwise from east) states ofPiauí, Tocantins and Pará. #9 on map.
Maranhão is described in books such as The Land of the Palm Trees, byGonçalves Dias, and Casas de Pensão by Aluísio Azevedo. The dunes ofLençóis are an important area of environmental preservation. Also ofinterest is the state capital of São Luís, designated a Unesco World HeritageSite. Another important conservation area is the Parnaíba River delta,between the states of Maranhão and Piauí, with its lagoons, desert dunes anddeserted beaches or islands, such as the Caju island, which shelters rare birds.
São Luís , Imperatriz
Official state website: www.ma.gov.br (Portuguese)