No, the stunning aqua lagoons you see in the desert above aren’t optical illusions, but exist within Lencois Maranhenses National Park in Brazil. Fresh water collects in the valleys between the sand dunes during the months of January – May, creating thousands of aqua-colored lagoons. Continue reading for a video, more pictures, and additional information.

My Modern Metropolis reports that “you’ll also find a fair amount of fish in those waters! It’s said that fish eggs are carried to the lagoons on the legs and feathers of birds. About 60,000 people visit the incredible destination each year. To protect it, most vehicles are not permitted access into the national park. It can only be visited with a guide or as part of an excursion.”

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