São Luís Travel Guide

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    local festivity prior to Carnival
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    Tambor de Crioula
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    Ladeira do Jacare
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São Luís Things to Do

  • Beaches - From Ponta D'Areia to Olho...

    Sao Luis has many beaches along its 32 km of coastline. They lie beyond the Sao Francisco district so you must cross the bridge to reach them. There are frequent buses from the Terminal de Integracao (Praia Grande) which run along the waterfront. The beaches become extremely crowded on sunny weekends. Swimmers should also remember that currents...

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  • Projeto Reviver - UNESCO World Heritage...

    Because of the beautiful houses in the city's historical centre and its azulejos-tiled houses, with balconies and terraces in the finest Portuguese style, Sao Luis has been made one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. During the late 1980s state authorities finally agreed to restore the historical district which had been neglected and decaying for many...

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  • The City of Azulejos

    Sao Luis is known for its azulejos (decorative ceramic tiles, often blue or blue-and-white) which most buildings in the historical centre are covered in. They are the city's signature. Because of it the city is also known as cidade de azulejos (the tiles city). In Sao Luis azulejos came into fashion in about 1830, when covering the facades of large...

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  • Teatro Arthur Azevedo - The Cultural...

    The cultural symbol of Sao Luis is Teatro Arthur Azevedo, one of the oldest, most traditional and beautiful in the country. It was inaugurated in 1817 and has since been an integral part of the local history. Theatro Arthur Azevedo is Brazil's second-oldest theatre, surpassed only by a 1770 opera house in Ouro Preto. At the beginning it was called...

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  • Mercado Central - Fresh Food and Local...

    Markets! I just love them! Wherever I go I always try to find one. For me it's a nice place to meet local people and find authentic local products. There is also an opportunity to try some local food, especially sweets, and that is always nice :)In Mercado Central you find variety of fresh fish and shellfish, fruit, vegetable, cereals and leguems,...

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  • See the old slave market.

    The is also in the distrito historico. Notice the windows are too narrow for the slaves to escape before being sold. I like how Brasil does not hide its past of slavery. It puts it out there for everyone to see - to learn from. It is much healthier than the approach taken in the US of treating the subject as 'Taboo'.

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São Luís Restaurants

  • Most Charming Resaurant of Sao Luis

    If you would like your dinner to be something to remember, you should visit Maracangalha, the most charming restaurants of Sao Luis. It's the opportunity not to be missed. The restaurant specializes in regional culinary variety, mostly fish, shrimps, crabs and other specialities. Dishes are prepared with daily fresh ingredients from the markets and...

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  • A Huge Variety of Regional Specialities

    In the historical centre they put every night several food stalls that offer huge variety of home-made regional specialities. My favourite place was Barraca de comidas tipicas da Rosa. You will quickly discover that the real delight of Maranhao is the seafood. They have everything from torta de sururu (mussel pie), casquinha de caranguejo (stuffed...

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  • Best restaurant on town

    Best seafood we had in Sao Luis, the restaurant is located on the great coastal avenue in the new quarters of the city.If you plan to spend the day on the northern beaches, go there for lunch! It is all I can say.

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São Luís Nightlife

  • The Place to Start the Night

    In Reviver you find several stalls offering a huge variety of regional specialities and sweets (yummy cakes made from coconut, cashew nuts, chocolate and different local fruit) to get the energy needed for a long coming night!! :))Besides, there are quite a few stalls offering creations of local artists: ornamental jewellery, some extra pieces of...

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  • Tambor de Crioula

    If you are lucky you may come across the performance of Tambor de Crioula, one of the most popular rituals of Afro-Brazilian culture of Maranhao. It's a celebration based on music and dance. more in the Local CustomsI attended their performance on a little square, Praca Merechal Machado. It all started at 6pm and continued through the night. As the...

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  • Don't Miss a Friday Night - It's a...

    Sao Luis gets the biggest parties during Bumba-meu-boi and Carnaval. But if you can not make it, then plan at least to be there at the end of the week. You have to experience a Friday night. It is something you will never forget!!!There are tables in the streets outside the bars and live music in every corner till the wee hours. The groups are not...

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São Luís Shopping

  • Traditional Handicrafts

    There are quite a few shops that offer a wide choice of traditional handicrafts and specialities from the region so it's nice to walk around and have a look. handicrafts: baskets, bags, purses - all made from straw or plant fibres, tiles in all forms, lacework, hammocks, woodcarving, leather work, cosmetic and health products as natural oils,...

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  • Region's Famous Lace Work

    Well, I am generally not fencier of lace work but several people that I met in Sao Luis were really enraptured with it. Therefor it slowly started to stimulate my curiosity too, haha. When visited Raposa I was quite surprised at finding such number of shops making and selling lace work. Then I looked at the products in detail and was even more...

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  • Indigenous Art of Maranhao

    Association Carlo Ubbiali was created in 2003 by a group of people attached to father Carlo with the intention to give continuity to their ideas and projects referred to indigenous matters in the state of Maranhao. Principal activity of the association is directing an indigenous school education to incentive the production of artistic pieces among...

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São Luís Local Customs

  • Tiquira - It's a Kick!!!

    A beverage that certainly pays attention because of its blue or lilac colouring is tiquira, a kind of very strong brandy distilated of manioc juice. It originates from an indigenous tradition of Mamede comunity. They wanted to take advantage of manioc for almost everything, including for production of strong drink. The tradition passed through...

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  • Embaixada Babacu Livre - Babacu Palm...

    Deep in the interior of the state of Maranhao, local female workers initiated a unique women's movement integrating the practice of traditional extractive economy. They identify themself as coconut-breakers, making a living by collecting and gathering coconuts of palm trees called babacu, an endemic oil palm of the region. In the late 1993, with...

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  • Tambor de Crioula - Afro-Brazilian...

    One of the most popular rituals in Afro-Brazilian culture of Maranhao is Tambor de Crioula, a celebration based on music and dance that mix faith and entertainment. It's a homage to Sao Benedito (black saint and the son of slaves native of Italy) organized in the open air on any time of the year, to celebrate dates, remarkable moments or pay...

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São Luís Off The Beaten Path

  • Alcantara-Historic Town with Laid-back...

    If you like history, you have to visit Alcantara, a town that seems to have stopped in time. It is set in a wonderful tropical landscape on the other side of the Baia de Sao Marcos from Sao Luis. Founded in the 17th century, it was one of the richest and most important towns in Maranhao and the seat of the rural aristocracy. While the town has ben...

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  • Raposa - Fishing Town Well-known for Its...

    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...

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  • Beautiful Landscapes of Santo Amaro

    Santo Amaro is located on the eastern coast of Maranhao, approximately 243 km from Sao Luis, at the boundaries of the National Park of Lencois Maranhenses. It is characterized by beautiful landscapes of beaches, dunes, fields, rivers, lakes and ponds, in the middle of savanna and mangrove forest. The municipality of Santo Amaro do Maranhao is the...

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São Luís Favorites

  • Poeme-se - Poetry and Art

    Sao Luis has been called the Island of Love or Brazilian Athens because it was the birth place of several noted poets and writers, such as Goncalves Dias, Aluiso Azevedo, Graca Aranha, Ferreira Gullar, Odylo Costa Filho, among others. To some extent the literary tradition is continuing. I came across Poeme-se on my first visit of Sao Luis and...

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  • Reveillon da Maranhensidade-New Year...

    On New Year's Eve (Reveillon) Sao Luis gathers people not only from the city but also from other parts of Maranhao. Though there is a party with DJs and live music in the centro historico, the main celebration takes place on Avenida Litoranea, some 45 minutes by bus from Praia Grande.They build four stages along the long beach where local stars...

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  • Musical Traditions of Maranhao

    Sao Luis is known as Brazil's capital of reggae music. Besides, the state of Maranhao is home to some of the most beautiful musical traditions in the country and the most famous artists from Maranhao are Alcione, Zeca Baleiro and Rita Ribeiro.If you are one of those, interested in the local music scene... well, this immense diversity of rhytms of...

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