Maputo did not leave us indifferent. We go to it in our car and for free. The traffic, in its big avenues, is dense and crazy and it looks very poor. Maputo is a city that has suffered but it is more alive than ever. We got out of the car looking for a tourist info office. The work was in vain. Just half a dilapidated government building with barriers on each floor. We went to one of the hotels that was more elegant which had an agency. It was at the top of the city, hence the picture changed. In it, you feel safer but also less interested. We ate a tasty breakfast in a Portuguese seaside beach bar where we could absorb the tranquil environment and decadent port. Maputo was just the beginning of an adventurous journey through Mozambique. We saw poverty but also a city eager to leave behind a hard and bloody past.
Santa Maria is located in an idyllic bay on the northwestern tip of Machangulo, it faces the island of Inhaca. The largest town on the peninsula is home to about 400 people, who live in the village itself and scattered around it. The place is very humble, most houses are built in a very precarious way with wood and esparto, and there are no streets, and no one has a car. Only the school and the hospital are quite new and modern, and are built with bricks. In Santa Maria there are two barracks and a outdoor market where women sell a few products grown in their gardens. A quietness inhabits the village. Women, surrounded by children, sit on the floor and men kill time listening to music and drinking at the bar where they sell alcohol. The only visible activity in the Bay. The children-the village is full of beautiful children who love you to take pictures of them - play on the dock, large colored boats with gaff sails go to and from Maputo loaded with goods. Despite the charm of the place, in Santa Maria there areno places to stay. A few lodges - much frequented by South African fishing enthusiasts can be found on the sea side, but only outside the hamlet.