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Worth making a stop.

I spent a couple of hours wandering around the historic centre of San Luis. It's worth making a day... read more

Reviewed January 21, 2018
Christine F
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Beautiful historic old buildings in downtown

This is a well preserved section where you find the old buildings with decorative tiles from the... read more

Reviewed October 28, 2017
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Sao Luis, State of Maranhao, Brazil
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Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

I spent three days in São Luís last year and it was great to see the world heritage listed historic centre and its colonial buildings. Great food, warm people,nice beaches, just regret not having time to go to Lençóis maranhenses.

Thank 706Connolly
Reviewed August 9, 2018

I had a nice enough time here, but if you are choosing between Sao Luis and other cities with colonial/historical centers (such as Olinda and Ouro Preto), this city, though interesting for other reasons, is probably skippable. If you do end up here, you can...More

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Reviewed January 22, 2018

There are a lot of negative reviews of Sao Luis' historical center around and while it is indeed correct that much work still needs to be done, Sao Luis is terrifically atmospheric with a great live music scene. We have been all-over Brazil and would...More

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Reviewed January 21, 2018 via mobile

I spent a couple of hours wandering around the historic centre of San Luis. It's worth making a day or afternoon stop in Soa Luis on your way to or from lençóis. Lot's of old tiled buildings to see, many in disrepair but this adds...More

Thank Christine F
Reviewed December 25, 2017 via mobile

As a brazilian citizen I feel obliged to loathe brazilian authorities who let one of the most beautiful architectural complexes in southern hemisphere run down in such a sad way. The buildings are gorgeous but the surroundings are threatening and the tourist doesn’t get a...More

2  Thank aldoh429
Reviewed October 28, 2017

This is a well preserved section where you find the old buildings with decorative tiles from the Portuguese time of Brazil colony. Walk around and visit the Cathedral.

Thank IvanemBH
Reviewed September 20, 2017

We visited this World UNESCO heritage site and thoroughly enjoyed wandering through the town and the shops. The history of this area is fascinating and is worth the visit.

Thank Stewart S
Reviewed August 27, 2017 via mobile

Disappointing, decrepit, dirty & with several museums either closed or not fully functioning. If you visit I recommend you stay in the beach-fronting new town - better, cleaner, modern accomodation, proper (some v good) restaurants. Visit the old town by day (1/2 day is more...More

Thank David L
Reviewed August 12, 2017 via mobile

Great potential but by lack of restauration, it is not that great. A real pity however. If you are around, worth a visit of historical center (2 hours max)

Thank 1971stef
Reviewed June 15, 2017

Before visiting the historic Centre of São Luis it is either worth reading up on a bit of the history or going with a guide. There is not that much information in the street. But it is well-worth visiting. There are also a large number...More

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