Dangers & Annoyances

While São Luís has a bit of a bad reputation and its crime statistics are indeed worrying, most crime does not target travelers; as long as visitors stick to basic big-city precautions they should have no problems. During the day it's fine to explore the historic center on foot but in the evening it's better to go in a group or, better still, take taxis.

Police Stations

Money

Banco do Brasil Visa/Mastercard ATM.

Banco do Brasil Visa/Mastercard ATM.

Banco do Brasil This is the only Banco do Brasil branch offering currency exchange here.

Bradesco Reliable ATM.

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Tourist Information

Central de Informações Turísticas The main information office of Setur, the city tourism department, and also the most helpful; English and French were spoken when we visited.

Maranhão Tourist Information Maranhão’s official state tourist information office, located in the Arrivals hall of the airport. English isn't a strong point, but the bilingual tourism site has helpful descriptions.

Travel Agencies

Terra Nordeste This excellent ecotourism-focused Northeast Brazil specialist is friendly, French-owned and multilingual. It can organize any trip for any budget, from two days to a month or more, including treks across the Lençóis Maranhenses.