A great number of Brazilian folkloric traditions as well as cultural expressions peculiar to Maranhão are alive and well in San Luis. The most important among them is bumba-meu-boi, a festive pantomime which takes place during June Festivals. San Luis is also famous for recovering Carnival traditions that were fading away under the influence of Southeastern Brazil Carnival. Rhythms and dances such as tambor de crioula, or "the black woman's drum", which dates back to slavery times, are strong again in the city's Carnival.
While little material evidence remains from the French and Dutch periods, the historic downtown area, comprising over 3,500 buildings mainly covered with tiles in the manner of Portuguese architecture, was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
San Luis, the city of festivals and carnivals!
Be relaxed in San Luis