Why anyone should go on a trip to Maputo?

Every city has its magic and Maputo could not be the exception; there is a dosage of charm that comes beyond its rich architecture, reworking itself between the old and the new, the traditional and modern, the colonial and the post-colonial; the city exudes beauty and a unique touch that reveals itself in the colors of the markets, in the cheerful people in the street, in street art vendors, in the exuberant scents of typical dishes, on the beaches and in the possibility of exploring the waters of the bay or even in the cordial way in which people are willing to greet us. A million reasons anyone should should go on a trip to Maputo.

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There is so much diversity that makes Maputo a cosmopolitan city and one of the most beautiful and pleasant places in the Indian Ocean. 

Asking ourself this few questions will tell us why we have go on a trip to Maputo

But have you stopped to wonder where people come from during the day, filling the central avenues of Maputo? 

Ever wondered where the vegetables that come with your shrimp dish, the fruit and the fresh goods that accompany you daily come from? 

Do you know an art atelier in addition to the galleries, museums and exhibition halls in the city center? 

Have you ever imagined hearing the history of this place from the mouth of those who help build it daily? 

We want you to think about it! There is a story that emerges in most of the residential neighborhoods around Maputo city. It is an inspiring story that we invite you to embark on; unusual cultural destinations, sights and leisure spots almost forgotten or to be discovered, very decent outside the ‘barracas’ that some have become accustomed to seeing. True sanctuaries of artistic creation and cultural knowledge, filled with dances, genuine smiles, African cuisine and local medicine, providing a simple and rustic, intimate, sensitive and natural experience. 

Something that enriches and rejuvenates your spirit and the way you look at the environment that surrounds you. For those who really want to explore the essence of Maputo, there is much more than what is found in their comfort zone, there are better surroundings than Sommerschield, Polana, Costa do Sol, Baixa or even Mafalala. There is a wider space of discovery and a real interaction with the places and with its people. I invite you to know another side of Maputo.

PS: Go by train if you prefer, but please go with us!


How do I find the best places to program my visits?

Come to our office. We will be glad at helping you on your trip to Maputo. We will offer you a map and mark the highlights of the city and explain the places you can visit by your own (the Fish Market), the places where you need a guide (Mafalala neighborhood), the best time of the day to go there (Cardoso Hotel is lovely for sunsets) and when (Natural History Museum opens during the daylight but not every day and not with the same schedule).

I am interested in the architecture of Maputo, is anyone qualified to show me the most beautiful buildings around?

Sure, there are people well qualified for that. And we have some working with us. Check our Art and Architecture Tour and join us.
You can extend it with the Downtown City tour we also organize.
And if you are looking for something even deeper and more charming, talk to us and we will take you to the healer’s market, to the handcraft places, to visit a witch, etc.

I am an anthropologist and, in my trip to Maputo, would love to get involved with local population in a wide range. How do I manage?

If you talk to people around they will be friendly and they will rapidly invite you to their houses, neighborhoods, introduce to their friends, share their lives…
You can do that, BUT think for a second about the risks, what about if you choose badly? Mussiro will help you to reach your expectations, even if you are a researcher as well. Our team is composed by several nationalities including Mozambicans as well, of course, so we will help you to match your expectations.

I read things take time in Maputo to happen, life is slowly and you need to be patient. Is it true?

Every country has its own pace, that’s what makes it unique. And it’s so unique because its people make it possible. When you travel you only need to reset your brain and switch your mindset. The more you expect the less you enjoy as what makes a trip unforgettable are the surprises you find in your way.

Is it easy to travel to other cities or interest places from Maputo?

Maputo is the capital of Mozambique so our answer is yes. Here you will find the means to go anywhere around the country or even to our neighbor countries: South Africa, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania.
Here you have history, architecture, magic, oceans, marine fauna, diving areas, lakes, savannah, hundreds of birds and trees, wild land fauna, traditions, mountains, coffee, prawns, peanuts and cashew nuts, virgin islands…
Let us know your wishes and we will the genius to turn them true. Your imagination will set the limits.

Any month you specially recommend to go on a trip to Maputo?

Maputo is the heart of the country, with activities and shows running all the yearlong. If you are looking for beaches, our climate is always nice. July and August are winter months, but for someone coming from Northern Hemisphere this will always be a paradise, as temperature is very nice. Maybe you need a just tiny jacket at night, but during the daylight you will see how hot it can be!

What about Visas to enter Mozambique?

It depends on your country of origin. If you have a Mozambican Embassy in your mother country always ask there for information because they will probably ask you for getting a visa in advance. But visas can be also treated at land borders and at the airport.

About the author

A Inhaca Island local, Alvaro splits his time between writing poems and sharing the best of his place while guiding Mussito tours.

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