03.28.2015 - 03.28.2015 80 °F
Maputo is the capital of Mozambique, the largest city and the only natural harbor.
A war with Portugal's colonial forces gained them independence in 1975. However, a bloody civil war and famine followed, resulting in a million deaths.
Our walking tour was in the poor neighborhood of the Mafalala, the area that our guide described as "the cultural heart" of Mozambique.
Agostinho Muthemba, A well-known artist, opened his studio/home for us.
We were colorfully entertained by a women's dance troupe.
There are 16 major ethnic groups in Mozambique.
The Polana Serena Hotel, our lunch stop, has been restored to its original colonial splendor. The people of Mozambique are very poor and the government is hoping that tourism will help provide jobs and a better standard of living