SAO LUIS DO
MARANHAO AND LENÇOIS MARINHENSES, BRAZIL
TRAVEL, TOURS, HOTELS AND FLIGHTS
Sao Luis do Maranhao is the capital of Maranhao state,
in the Northeast of Brazil.
Sao Luis is located in a transition area (between the Ceara and
the Amazon, the sertão and other northern regions of
Brazil) that comprises a huge variety of ecosystems.
Maranhao is a mix of beaches, forests, rivers and lakes that
differentiate it from other Brazilian destinations.
Travel destination type
Sao Luis do Maranhao is an eco-tourist destination,
combining river and sea beaches with a very and almost integraly
preserved area of forests, imaculated white sands and sea.
Maranhao is significantly different from all other brazilian
Sao Luis (the city), Delta das Américas, the Lençóis Maranhenses
and the Chapadas das Mesas and Floresta dos Guarás. See
Travel Trips and Tours in
Amazon and Ceará beaches
Sao Luis do Maranhao has a
reasonable number of hotels, but most of them are small ones,
and the global offer is really scarce, specially online.
Sao Luis Airport: Cunha Machado Airport.
There are regular flights from Belem, Brasilia, Fortaleza, Manaus, Curitiba,
Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador or São Paulo, though some of these flights
might not be direct.
Maranhao beaches and atttractions are significantly different from those
provided by the brazilian Ceara (Fortaleza) beaches or by the brazilian Amazon
destinations (though part of Maranhao comprises the Amazonian rainforest) and
his importance is growing as his singularity are recognized.
The regions comprises several highligts:
Sao Luis (the city) - a
colourful city, with interesting monuments as the Sé Cathedral,
the Remedios Square, the Santo António Chapel, the Maranhao Art
and History Museum or excelent beaches as Ponta d'Areia, Santo
Antonio Fort and Calhau. Sao Luis is, obviously, the inescapable
hub to visit the major travel perls of the regoin: the Delta and
the Ilha do Caju, the Lençois (the Sheets), the Chapada and the
Floresta dos Guaras.
Lençóis (Sheets) Maranhenses - the top attraction of
the region: an huge desert of dunes of imaculate white sands (many
of them tens of meters high) and between them hundreds of
lagoons of crystalline water, and rivers with deserted and wild
beaches. An unique landscape that lasts some months, after the
rainfalls: May and subsequent months.
Delta das Américas - an ecological paradise of rivers and
its creeks and sandy beds and lots of wildlife, mingled with
isolated river beaches.
Ilha do Caju - set of totally preserved dunes, forests,
wildlife in Delta das Americas
Chapada das Mesas - another very preserved site, with
astonishing waterfalls as Pedra Caída
Floresta dos Guarás (Amazonian Maranhao)
Floresta dos Guaras is a natural sanctuary - comprising
several islands, bays, rivers, wetlands and beaches (Praias
de Caçacueira, São Lucas e Mangunça).
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