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Sao Luis is a city and municipality in northeastern Brazil, and is the capital of the state of Maranhão. The city is a port city, a vibrant textile industry, and sugar production. The city of São Luis, is a UNESCO heritage site, and so it has a very interesting history to tell and a lot of beautiful buildings to visit. In June every year they celebrate the Bumbu-meu-boi festival, which is a northern Brazilian folk theatrical tradition. The tale is told through music, costumes and drumming involving a bull, which dies and is brought back to life. Besides the festival, June is a perfect time to visit the Lençóis Maranhenses!

What to do in Maranhão

Teatro Arthur Azevedo

Pristine Historic Theatre

One of the most beautiful Brazilian theaters, and well recognized by many artists who have been on this stage. Open on 1st July 1817 with a capacity for 800 spectators and a neoclassical style theater, the Arthur Azevedo, is pristine, and beautifully conserved. It is the second oldest theater in Brazil in operation. It has its own style, very scenic, and the acoustics are perfect. Take a guided tour in this amazing theater or show up when there is a show going on, it's pure magic!

Lençóis Maranhenses

Dunes for Days

Have you ever wondered what paradise on earth looks like? Imagine a vast white sand desert full of small and huge lagoons where you can swim and relax. Find white sand dunes and crystal clear fresh water that's sometimes blue, and sometimes green. A true show of what nature can offer. The lakes are formed by rain water, and the best time to visit is when the lakes are still around, which is between May and September. From São Luis, you can take a bus or car that will take you to this unforgettable and breathtaking view in about 4 hours. We promise you, it will be worth it!

São Luís Historic Centre

Portuguese Colonization

The historic center of Sao Luis is formed by a set of almost 5000 dwellings and 900 of them within the area are considered a heritage of humanity site by UNESCO. Despite being beautiful, the center has lost its urban life in many of its streets. It's fantastic to visit and learn more about this unique place in the world with plenty of 18th and 19th century houses to admire, with beautiful facades, and quaint churches.

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