"Backpacking in MAPUTO" Top 5 Page for this destination Maputo by georeiser
Maputo Travel Guide: 331 reviews and 954 photos
Maputo is the largest city and capital of Mozambique. It has an official population of approximately 1,5 mill. people, but is estimated to be much higher because of the slums and other settlements around the city.
Maputo is like Lisbon with an upper and a lower area. When you see the city on distance it looks like a big, modern city. The skyline looks great with the harbour and the buildings behind. The avenues are wide with old Jacaranda trees, and you can walk in quiet parks. But when you get closer and walk through the streets, you can see the dilapidated buildings, streets with holes and garbage on the pavements.
Million dollar mansions overlook the sea while massive slums ring the city. Dilapidated concrete buildings from the communist era stand next to beautiful Portuguese colonialist villas. There are few tourists or white people in the city, and begging is almost non-existent. The streetlife is active with street traders and markets.
The real African life starts where the concrete buildings ends. Densely populated areas without asphalt paving are just outside the city centre. Take a taxi or a chapa, and visit the suburban areas like T3, C4, Cella-D, Cella-F. (Those places in Maputo are called by numbers and not names). Burning barrels outside cafes replace lights in the nights. The locals looks at you and smile. Explore this exciting African atmosphere.
Maputo is also a city with beaches. A visit to Catembe beach or Mira Mar beach is a must. (see photos, videos and tips)
Maputo city was known as Lourenco Marques before 1975.
A Google Earth map of Maputo. Some places in my Virtualtourist tip are marked in this map. Like Catembe beach, Mira Mar beach, the ferryport, Maputo Fort, Miradouro, Carocol road, Maputo Cathedral, the train station, Hotel Escola Andalucia and the main avenues in the city.
Mercado do Pau, also called Bazar Artesanato (The Saturday Market). This is located in the Baixa (lower part of the city).
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