Sao Luis Travel Blog› entry 98 of 107 › view all entries
KERRY - After a very painless flight from Fortaleza to Sao Luis (planes are definitley the way to travel in Brazil!) we arrived in the city and with the help of a friendly local managed to find a pousada to spend the night. The Pousada was pretty pricey though so we spent the afternoon wandering the streets of Sao Luis looking for an alternative place to sleep, as well as locating a tour operator to go on a trip to the national park of Lencois Maranhensas.
Sao Luis itself is a town trying to rival Salvador, as it has similar colonial buildings as well as the usual fair of tourist shops and restaurants, fighting to take your money. The historic centre is pretty nice, but you only really need a day here to explore everything. The highlight of the old city in our opinion was the tour we had around the Palacio dos Leoes, which was the governors palace and had some really lovely interior features as well as antique furniture and ceramics. The tour was in Portuguese, but there as someone there who spoke English , we were not lucky enough to arrive when they were there. The tour was free though and is definitley worth a look. Soa Luis is undergoing major redevelopment at the moment as it has received funding from UNESCO and you can see the renovation work being done all over the historic area of the city.
Other than that, we also spent a day at the beach (across the bridge from the city) called Praia Areia, which was quite nice - was very big and not very busy. But this again only warrants a day. The main reason to visit this town in our opinion is to get to Lencois Maranhenses, which is a beautiful national park about 4 hrs away from Sao Luis.