São Luís (Brazil)

São Luís Travel Guide and Trip Resources

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3500 pastel tinted buildings

Sao Luis is the capital of the Brazilian state of Maranhão
The UNESCO listed old town is the main attraction

The historic center of São Luís (capital of the Brazilian state of Maranhão and located on an island) is its main attraction. The place is listed as World Heritage Site, and we won't pretend like we are able to word it better than UNESCO themselves, so we shall let them speak on it for a moment:

"The late 17th-century core of this historic town, founded by the French and occupied by the Dutch before coming under Portuguese rule, has preserved the original rectangular street plan in its entirety. (...) An exceptional number of fine historic buildings have survived, making this an outstanding example of an Iberian colonial town."

Good. Were we to use our own words instead, we would probably tell you something simplistic like how colorful the 3,500 pastel-tinted buildings of the old town are and how it would fit right in in a token historical Spanish town. Tons of atmosphere. The rest of the city has tons of atmosphere too, but that is more down to its cultural diversity (Afro-Brazilian culture is strong here and can be seen in its reggae music and cuisine).

Once you have seen the center and want to do something else, you will very quickly discover that the city has some really rather nice beaches, such as the one at Ponta d'Areia [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • São Luís is a city in Brazil's region of Maranhao. It has a population of 1,011,943, is situated at an altitude of 20ft and the best airport to fly into is SLZ (Marechal Cunha Machado, Sao Luis)
  • The main spoken language here is Portuguese, and the average English skill is low
  • Note São Luís is not a good point of entry for trips to Brazil as it is not well internationally connected. Instead try entering through for instance Belem or Porto Alegre
  • The currency used in Brazil is the Brazilian real (BRL)

São Luís Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

86 84 84 86 86 86 86 88 88 88 88 88

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

9.6 14.7 16.9 18.7 12.5 6.8 5.2 1.1 0.9 0.3 0.4 3

More São Luís travel resources

Go on and read more at Bestday.com or Imagens Viagens. You can of course always hit up Wikitravel or UNESCO.

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