São Luís – a world heritage city center by UNESCO (in pictures)

After the visit to the sand dunes in the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, we finally had time to see São Luís and we weren’t sick anymore!

The city center is under UNESCO world heritage site as the azulejo (tiles) walls and the cobblestone streets are unique remains from the Portuguese colonial times. We booked a hotel (with outdoor warm swimming pool, yay!) in the historical center as we found a pretty cool deal. Other options would have been on the beach, but we didn’t plan to spend all our times in the sea. We really liked the pool, spent there a lot of time. I know, there was a beach close by, but on low-tide times the water didn’t really seem welcoming.

Beach during low tide in São Luís

Low tide on the beach.

Heritage buildings in São Luís

Azulejo tiles and empty streets.

It was again Sunday, you can imagine that almost everything was closed in the center. We could still walk around as many other tourists did but compare to Belém it was a totally different. Here, when we left the street where few coffee places were open, we didn’t see anyone, the streets were deserted. Looked like most of the buildings are empty and nobody lives in them, they are just nicely renovated.

Heritage buildings in São Luís

Street view.

A few corners away we reached the part where people actually live. Doors and windows were open, kids playing on the street, elderly people playing games or watching TV. Finally some life, but obviously everyone was staring at us curiously what we are doing there. We went back to the more touristy part and we’ve seen that there are quite many people around one of the pretty building. Turned out it is now a museum (used to be a palace) and it is possible to visit for free.

Heritage buildings in São Luís

One of many pretty buildings.

Heritage buildings in São Luís

The palace from inside.

Karol was eager to try the local guarana ‘coke’. It’s properly called Jesus Guaraná, named after it’s inventor (not after Jesus Christ). Guarana also has a significant amount of caffeine, the drink is pink and very sweet. It is overselling Coca-Cola in the region, but the brand currently is owned by that company anyway.

Drinking Guarana in São Luís

Karol with Jesus – the local coke made of guarana.

After trying the local specialty, it was time to leave the city. The bus station was only a few minutes walk from our hotel. We went by a city bus as close to the airport as we could and then had a short walk on a busy street. We had time and the weather was perfect! We are on the way to RIO!!!!!!

 

The city center of São Luís is a UNESCO world heritage site with its pretty buildings and cobblestone streets.  (Brazil)

 

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