Hi, guys! How are you? Hope everything is fine wherever you are. So, probably you don’t know about it, but here in my city we have a big holiday every September, we celebrate the Independence Day of Brazil and the Anniversary of my city (São Luis), September 7th and 8th, which means a good time to hit the road and make a small trip, and that’s what we did.
I say we because it was something I did with 3 friends of mine, we decided the day before we wanted go to Alcântara, which is a small city near to São Luis. There are some ways to get there: you can go by car (something around 8 hours) or by boat (way faster and cheaper, something about 1h30min and R$15,00), so obviously we decided to go by boat, but I’m going to be very honest with you: this time of the year, the wind is super strong and the water is very agitated, so if you get nausea easily, it’s not a good option, the chance for you to throw up is high (but the crew is prepared for those things).
Ok, moving on! Since we thought food was going to be expensive, we bought some things (like bread and soda) the day before, so we could eat and save some money. When we arrived there it was almost noon, so we decided to have our lunch first and then go out for our walk. Yes, walk. Alcântara is tiny; you can see all the biggest points on foot without paying a single coin, the only thing is that you have to be willing to walk. A lot. Caring your stuff. On a sunny day (if you’re lucky enough to take good pictures). Wear shoes, buy water, put on some sunscreen lotion, and you’re good to go, that’s my biggest advice.
When you get off the boat, you walk a little and see a big map of the city, take a picture and use it to guide yourself, it’s easy and very useful. People may offer you some kind of “tourist guide”, but to be honest, it’s an easy place to walk, you can handle yourself. And a very interesting point is that almost every big place has things in Portuguese and English, so if you don’t speak Portuguese, you won’t be totally lost. But don’t hold yourself on your phone: the signal there is poor; at least, I suffered a lot.
I don’t have a lot to describe about the city or the main points themselves because they are pretty much the same thing: churches and abandoned places. I’ve heard some people say that the city was been built to celebrate Dom Pedro II arrival, but something happened and the canceled his trip to Alcântara, so people interrupted the constructions and left things without being finished, but that’s the beauty of the city. The ancient ruins are awesome; you can feel like time traveling because the “old days” aspects remain until today. I’ll leave you with some pictures to prove my point:
So, that’s all, guys! Hope to see you soon =)