Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil and one of the largest cities in the world, is located in the southeastern state of the same name. Over ten million people of multicultural backgrounds coexist in this thriving, bustling metropolis.
Though it is known as the business centre of the country, this title does little to tell of all the delights that Sao Paulo offers to visitors from around the world. Whether their tastes run to history, shopping, gastronomy, art, sports or any other activities, travellers to this exciting city will find plenty to keep them busy. Some important sightseeing stops include the Municipal Theatre, which was based on the Paris Opera House, the Imaculada Conceicao da Luz Church and Monastery, who’s earliest built chapel dates from the sixteenth century, and the Banespa Building, which was built in 1939 and offers the most beautiful panoramic views of the city.
There are dozens of museums to choose from, including the Paulista Museum, the UPS Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, the Immigrant Memorial or the Brazilian House Museum. The city is also dotted with beautifully put together parks, two zoos to choose from and Playcentre, the city’s amusement park. Those that love antiques will enjoy a side trip to Embu, where they can shop for antiques, arts and crafts, or even furniture.
Most visitors arrive in Sao Paulo at the Aeroporto Guarulhos international airport, located less than twenty miles away from the city centre (and considering the size of the city, that’s pretty close!). Long haul buses are not uncommon in this part of the world, and regular routes include arrivals from Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina.
The city boasts of over sixty thousand hotels rooms available, so one can imagine that there is something for everyone. There are internationally renowned hotel chains, mid-priced hotels, budget options, and even youth hostels for those on a tight budget. The best ways to see the city are by combining the metro and getting around on foot. No reason to avoid the metro – it is clean, safe and inexpensive. Buses are the other options for public transport but they are often slow and crowded.