Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo, Brazil is the seventh largest metropolitan are in the world. Sao Paulo is Brazil’s largest city and the country’s financial hub. Sao Paulo is also Brazil's most cosmopolitan city, with a vibrant nightlife, restaurants, gardens, parks and cultural and arts scenes.

Often called Sampa, Sao Paulo is much larger than the city of New York and differs in its attractions from the beaches and sunshine of South America. Founded in 1554 by the Jesuits, Sao Paulo is home to world class attractions that make the city a popular destination for world travelers.

Climate in Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo has a subtropical climate which is prominently warm and sunny. February is the hottest month of the year while July experiences the coolest temperatures. Rainfall is most common during the summer months and can sometimes be excessive.

Activities in Sao Paulo

The Brazilian F1 Grand Prix is the final race of the Formula One season. The 10 mile Interlagos Circuit is not a favorite stop for the drivers on the tour but the race is one of the most exciting and vibrant for spectators. Filipe Massa is a native of Sao Paulo and won this event in 2006.

The Sao Paulo LGBT Pride Parade is one of the city's major tourist events and is the highlight of a month-long series of events that includes parties, street fairs, film festivals, shows and the traditional Gay Day at Hopi Hari amusement park. The event is the largest of its kind in the world and has grown from around 2,000 people in 1997 to over three million people who line the streets to condemn homophobia, racism and sexism.

Hopi Hari is a massive amusement park located to the north of Sao Paulo and a popular destination for families. The park has several themed areas focusing on European and local culture, and rides including roller coasters, a haunted house, and a Ferris wheel.

Sao Paulo is the home of Brazil's famous combination of dance and martial art known as capoeira. There are many capoeira schools for tourists wanting to experience it, including the Salão De Festas or Academia Spah

Sightseeing in Sao Paulo

Located in the center of the city is Praca de Se, which was the scene for many historic events in Sao Paulo. 

The Sao Paulo Cathedral is considered to be the fourth largest neo-gothic cathedral in the world. Sao Paulo Cathedral is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese and is the largest church in Sao Paulo.

The University of Brazil is home to the Museu Paulista located near the site where Emperor D. Pedro I proclaimed Brazil’s independence along the Ipiranga River. The museum contains a large collection of furniture, documents and artwork chronicling the Brazilian Empire. The most famous work of art in the collection is the 1888 painting Independencia of Morte by Pedro Americo. 

A large number of financial and cultural institutions can be found on Paulista Avenue. Avenida Paulista is an extensive shopping area and home to the Sao Paulo Museum of Art which is Latin America's most comprehensive fine-art museum.

Sao Paulo contains some notorious green spaces, including the manicured Botanical Gardens, the Sao Paulo Zoo, and the miniature rainforest in the Parque Siqueira Campos. 

Sao Paulo is home to numerous interesting museums dedicated to immigrants such as the African Diaspora, the Japanese community, revolutionary heroes, and Brazilian language and literature.

Sao Paulo Cuisine

Sao Paulo is world renowned for its cuisine which is comprised of Italian, Japanese and Arabic influences and styles. The city's population represents every ethnicity in the country thus the cuisine in Sao Paulo becomes a matter of choice. There are thousands of restaurants, and if there's something you crave it's bound to be there.

Travel to Sao Paulo/Passports

Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport and is one of the main entry and exit point for those travelling to Brazil. Sao Paulo International handles over 26 million passengers each year. The airport is undergoing renovations in advance of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The subway is the quickest way around the city. The Bilhete Único is a smartcard that makes it easy to pay for transport on Sao Paulo's buses, subways, and trains. A passport and visa are required for U.S. citizens traveling to Brazil for any purpose. Brazilian visas must be obtained in advance from the Brazilian Embassy or consulate nearest to the traveler's place of residence. There are no "airport visas," and immigration authorities will refuse entry to Brazil to anyone not possessing a valid visa. 



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