Raposa - Fishing Town Well-known for Its Lace Work
Travel in Maranhao outside Sao Luis is made difficult by road system that is limited and often precarious when it rains. Fortunately, not all the interesting places are difficult to go to.
Easy to reach is Raposa, an interesting fishing centre at the tip of the Ilha de Sao Luis, 30 km from the city. It's a simple town, built on stilts above mangrove swamps, which gives it unusual appearance.
Raposa is especially worth visiting for its well-known lace work which I found very beautiful. There are no real tourist facilities but an ATM and a couple of simple restaurants offering local specialities, mostly sea food. The ocean is attractive and it's not hard to agree with a fisherman about a ride to the near island which has a pretty beach.
I really liked the vibe of Raposa and was most enraptured with a plain living and very friendly people!!
There are frequent buses from Sao Luis and they leave from Praca Deodoro or Rua da Paz. The journey takes about an hour.
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