Fly To São Luís, Brazil
São Luís is the state capital of Maranhão and the largest city in the region of Brazil. Founded in 1612 by the French, other foreign colonial settlers include the Dutch and the Portuguese.
Retaining its more significant Portuguese influences, the city’s well preserved distinctive azulejo (tiles) walls and the cobblestone streets in the historic heart of the city have UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
This capital city is situated on São Luís Island (Ilha de São Luís) in the São Marcos Bay which is an expansion of the Atlantic Ocean. The bay shapes the estuaries of the rivers Pindaré, Mearim, Itapecuru.
São Luís is also host to a large number of Brazilian folkloric traditions such as the festive pantomime bumba-meu-boi held in June, and the off-season Carnical – Marafolia.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to São Luís do not require a Visa for Brazil for stays of up to 90 days. Ensure your South African passport has at least 6 months remaining on it from your return date and that you have at least 2 blank pages available for stamps.
- The South African Embassy is in Brasilia, Brazil. Av. das Nações, Qd. 801, lote 06 - CEP: 70406-900 Brasília DF. Phone: +55 61 3312-9500 / 3312-9595. Fax: +55 61 3322-8491. E-mail: email@example.com. Website: africadosul.org.br.
See and do
Brazil is synonymous with sun-kissed beach holidays and São Luís does not fail to deliver on this reputation. Calhau, one of the city’s best beaches, is famed for its sand dunes. Other notable beaches in and around the city include Ponta d'Areia, São Marcos beach which is popular for surfing; and Praia Grande beach.
In a city with a long historic past such as São Luís, visitors can expect a significant number of museums and historic places of interest. Some of the more prominent historic places that provide a window on Maranhão geography, culture and heritage are Casa do Maranhão, Casa de Nhozinho and Museu Histórico e Artístico do Maranhão.
A perfect venue to take in a theatre production is Brazil’s second oldest theatre - Teatro Arthur Azevedo.
For excellent water-based adventures of a different sort, head to Valparaiso Acqua Park. This water park features heart-stopping rides and facilities such as Pirate Island that the entire family can enjoy.
The Palácio dos Leões built in the 18th century is worth a visit for the great number of valuable antique furnishings and art housed here, mostly of 18th century French influence.
Marechal Cunha Machado International Airport – SLZ
Marechal Cunha Machado International Airport (code SLZ) is the primary entryway to the state of Maranhão, Brazil. The airport was previously called Tirirical Airport.
Food and beverage: There are a variety of restaurants and fast-food outlets at São Luís Airport.
Lost Luggage: For items lost in the airport terminal, the Lost & Found department can be contacted on 3217-6192. In case of loss or damage in whole or in part of checked baggage, go to the counter of the airline concerned or, alternatively, the general information counters.
Airport Hotels: There is no hotel on site. Hotels in close proximity to the airport include Hotel Luzeiros Sao Luiz, Hotel Luzeiros Sao Luiz, Soft Inn Sao Luiz.
Car Hire: Locaralpha, Milcar Car, Hertz, Nations.