|We had been reccommended a hotel in Sao Luis but when we went to look at the rooms they had dead cockroaches in them !!!......decided not to stay there ! Tom and Nick went to have a look at other Pousadas in the area. There were a lot of disgusting places around, and they weren't that cheap ! They were also in the lonely planet which we found surprising. Finally they found a good place called Pousada Portas da Amazonia, and although it was a bit more expensive it was worth the extra. We ended up paying R$85 a night but the room had a/c and was very clean. The Pousada is in an old Colonial house and has wooden floors and character.
We ate at a restaurant around the corner and after a few drinks were ready to crash.
Sao Luis is an old colonial town with cobblestone streets. It is slightly run down but is undergoing a face lift to make it more tourist friendly. It is a UNESCO site. The day after we arrived was Easter sunday and so it was dead in the town. Nowhere was open and subsequently we spent most of the day on the internet. By dinner time we were starving as nothing was open. Tom and Nick watched the Brazil vs Peru world cup qualifier game while Monica was on the phone, and then we all went out for dinner.
We had a walk around town the day after and Monica took pictures of every door and window in the city !!! We went to a chef's school for lunch where the food was very good but there were just too many waiters fussing around us ! In the afternoon we went to see a film, Constantine. In the evening we played cards with Tom and Nadine.
We got up early and took the boat to Alcantara, a small colonial town next to a space centre. Brazil attempted to launch a rocket from here in 2003 but unfortunately it exploded on the launch pad killing 20 engineers. They plan to try again next year. We had a walk around the town, taking in the buildings, churches, museums and the whipping post ! Two young lads decided they wanted to be our guides and showed us all around, taking us to a good restaurant for lunch (and we got them some food as well). The boat took us back at 5pm. In the evening we went to the Baghdad cafe for dinner and had very good caiprioskas and caiprinhas.
We were feeling rather delicate when we awoke and had a lie in ! The day was spent resting and relaxing, and we went to the cinema in the evening to see Million dollar baby, which we all liked. We played some cards with Tom and Nadine as they were leaving at 2am. We said our goodbyes and will keep in touch. It has been fun travelling with Tom and Nadine for the last 2 weeks.
We had several things to plan and so we busiest ourselves with buying bus tickets out of Sao Luis, planning and internet stuff. We managed to get most of our planning done. In the evening we went and had a steak meal.
On our last day in Sao Luis we had a wander around and went to the shopping centre in the afternoon. We went to see perhaps the worst film we have seen so far (Birth with Nicole Kidman). We had a chinese in the food court before returning to our Pousada. We then got the night bus out to Belem.
Pousada Portas da Amazonia - mid range Pousada (R$85) with lovely clean rooms a/c, a good breakfast and internet.