"São Luís do Maranhão" São Luís by ahoerner

São Luís Travel Guide: 37 reviews and 226 photos

Brazilian Culture & History

São Luís was a real good surprise for us as Brazilian tourists for both its fantastic views and its typical Brazilian culture, expressed by the June Feasts called "Festa de Boi-Bumbá" or "Bumba-Meu-Boi".

A colonial tale is revived every year in the form of a truly popular expression of customs which can be experienced by everyone in every corner of the city.

Brazilian landscapes

Besides its cultural side, São Luís is also a historical colonial town in Brazil and one of the most important ports during colonial times. Sites of interest can be visited in the "old town".

Complementing its historical and cultural blood are many gorgeous beaches which will surely help you to recharge the batteries and get some rest.

Some recommended day-trips are to Alcântara, also a colonial town in the opposite side of the bay, and to São José de Ribamar, a small town in the other side of the island, full of religiosity and where you can find some of the finest views.

Also a very recommended trip extension is to Barreirinhas and the "Lençóis Maranhenses", a huge park of dunes and lakes between the ocean and the forests with some breathtaking views. Check it out on my Barreirinhas page (still under construction).

Enjoy your visit!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Not as touristic as other Northeastern capitals.
  • Cons:Could not find anything so far...
  • In a nutshell:Fantastic landscapes, friendly people...
  • Last visit to São Luís: Jun 2003
  • Intro Updated Apr 10, 2005
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  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2007 at 12:19 PM

    Ah, Maranhao... I enjoyed reading your tips! Words can't describe this paradise properly, can they? A short time ago it was my second time there and hope not the last one :)

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Oct 4, 2005 at 7:19 PM

    I really enjoyed seeing and reading your insights on Sao Luis. As usual, it was interesting, helpful, and well done.

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