The mixture of indigenous, black and white races is present in cooking, crafts and in almost every aspect of popular culture.
Bumba-meu-boi, Tambor de Crioula and Caroço, Festa do Divino Espírito Santo and other cultural manifestations make Maranhão a State rich in tourism. With the largest ecosystem diversity of Brazil, the State is divided into five tourist poles, each with its specific attractions:
São Luís, the capital, is where numerous festivals guarantee a fun and instructive ride;
Delta das Américas, an ecological paradise is full of rivers and creeks;
Chapada das Mesas, is perfect for extreme sports enthusiasts, with its gigantic natural sculptures;
Lençóis Maranhenses, is the only desert in the world surrounded by crystal clear lagoons;
Floresta dos Guarás, is where lush mangroves are home to an enormous diversity of reptiles, fish and other animals.
For further information about State of Maranhão, access Government of Maranhão’s website (link in portuguese).