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  • Museums in Sao Paulo, Brazil

    by DavidR96 Written Jul 26, 2013

    We recently visited the metropolis of Sao Paulo, Brazil. We spent three days there and with the size of Sao Paulo, we didn't see everything we wanted. During our time there, we visited two museums which I highly recommend. The best way to see sights in this city is to use the Metro train system as roadways are regularly congested with traffic. Before you begin your trek, visit the tourist office on Avenida Paulista near the MASP museum, the guides that work there are very helpful and speak Portuguese, Spanish and English.
    The first museum is the Portuguese Language Museum. It is located in Centro near the train station Estacao Luz. The museum consists of three floors and has some great interactive ways to learn about the evolution of Portuguese from Latin to its current form. There are several display walls that talk about the development of Portuguese over the years, influences from Africa and how this today plays a part in Brazilian Portuguese. Another great activity there is to press a map of Brazil and hear the various dialects of all the states of Brazil. Tip: Listen to the difference between a dialect from southern Brazil and a dialect from the northeast of Brazil, such as a state like Bahia.
    The other museum is the Museum of Football (soccer). It is a place dedicated to all the great Brazilians who transformed the game from a sport to an art form. You will enter one hall that talks about all the great Brazilian players. Another room features the history of the game with antique pictures in black and white. There is another room that captures the sounds and sights of the games and fans that support the array of soccer teams that play in Brazil's first division. There are also interactive games for children. For example, kids can try to kick a soccer ball past a simulated goaltender. One room has a large display of shoes and soccer balls and how they developed over the years.
    There are more places we wanted to see but didn't have time. But, I am sure you will like these two museums. The Portuguese Museum is in the Centro district of Sao Paulo while the Museum of Football is at Estadio Pacaembu, which is not far from Avenida Paulista.

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    Regimento de Cavalaria 9 de Julho

    by DSwede Updated Aug 3, 2012

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    The first Cavalry Regiment in Sao Paulo began in 1831. Since then it has grown into being an institutional part of Sao Paulo. The current regiment is frequently given credit for its development and training by Captain Stattmuller in the early 20th century. The grounds on which it stands have been reduced in size a few times over the years, but as of today, we were told the campus is protected from further city expansion.

    Today, the cavalry has several hundred horses, all paired with individual riders. There are many stalls for each horse to stay comfortably. There are exercise circuits, jumping courses as well as running pens. The horses are all well manicured, well fed, kept fit and healthy. When you are in the city and see any mounted police, they will have come from here.

    During the morning and afternoon (except for the lunch hour), you may enter the cavalry barracks and take an escorted walk around the grounds. The tour is with one of the guards, is free of charge and can take as little or as long a time as you want. I seriously doubt the guards will speak English, but they are polite nonetheless.

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    Main city attractions

    by Elainehead Updated Apr 13, 2012

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    If you have an Iphone or an Android phone, you can download this free application (also available in English) with main attractions, events, etc. Here are the links:

    Apple store

    Android market

    It would be best to choose a hotel near a "metrô" (subway) station, then you'll easily reach most of the attractions, otherwise I would recommend taking a taxi. If you don't speak Portuguese, I think it can be difficult to find your way with the buses. You can download a pocket map of the metro network here:
    http://www.metro.sp.gov.br/ingles/quick_information/pocketmap/tepocketmap.shtml

    If you like walking, try going to "Avenida Paulista" (about 2 miles long) and if you're into fashion, then head to "Rua Oscar Freire" (it's our Rodeo Drive, but I don't know if the shops over there are also open on Sundays).

    If you go to Avenida Paulista on a Sunday, you can also check the art and crafts market outside "Parque Trianon" and/or the antique market under "MASP" (art museum - http://masp.art.br). I think there’s also an arts and crafts market inside “Center 3” mall (http://www.shoppingcenter3.com.br - next to Consolação station).

    Here's a map of main attractions in that area:
    http://www.sp-turismo.com/mapas/mapa-jardins.htm

    I also wouldn't miss going to "Liberdade" (Asian district) and visit their Sunday market (from 10 AM). If you can understand spanish/portuguese, there's a great printable free guide here: http://www.blogdesaopaulo.com/guia-liberdade/

    There's rooftop observation deck on Edifício Itália where you can have the best view of the city. The entrance is free from Monday to Friday, between 3 to 4 PM, otherwise you have to pay R$ 15. http://www.terracoitalia.com.br

    Unfortunately the most interesting places to visit are in the old part of the city – the “centro”, I personally don’t feel safe walking alone there, because there are lots of pickpockets/drug addicts in that area. If I were you, I would join a subway/walking tour. There is one every Saturday at 9 AM (it’s not raining), leaving from “Sé” subway and it costs only one subway ticket. You can find more information here:
    http://www.metro.sp.gov.br/ingles/culture/turismetro/turismetro.shtml

    If you still want to go by yourself, here’s a map of the attractions (must see: n°1, 5, 13, 48, 49 and if you have time, n°25, 41):
    http://www.sp-turismo.com/mapas/mapa-turistico-centro.htm

    Vila Madalena is a bohemian district with many bars (some with live music), restaurants, funky shops/art galleries, so maybe it’s best coming here on a Saturday night (by taxi).

    If you go to Rua Oscar Freire, I wouldn’t bother going to another mall. “Paulistanos” love malls and you’ll find them everywhere. Shopping Eldorado isn’t near a metro station and it’s unappealing to me. I’d go there only if I worked or lived in that area. I’d prefer going to a bigger one, such as Ibirapuera (http://www.ibirapuera.com.br), Morumbi (http://www.morumbishopping.com.br) or Market Place (http://www.marketplace.com.br) mall, but I guess you won’t have time to go there because it’s far from the city center. Anyway, there’s a small mall near Avenida Paulista called “Shopping Pátio Paulista” (http://www.shoppingpaulista.com.br) that should be enough for your curiosity.

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  • Banespa Building

    by victor.arakawa Updated Apr 4, 2011

    This is a high building located in the center of the city, near the Bovespa (Stock Market), where you can take its elevator and see the city from its roof. I´ve never done it because my lunch time is tight xD. But people say is very nice in a clean day. Sometimes is very crowded with schools, but its free. enjoy!

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    ZOO

    by LoucoSP Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you like animals you must go to Zoo , there you can find animals from differents countries. All information are portuguese/latin/english.

    Dont forget, you must go there when weather is fine, and be ready to walk a lot, because is day trip.

    Close all mondays(except Holiday or day before)

    Open : 9:00AM
    Close: 5:00PM

    Price:

    Adults: 10.00 R$
    Child(6 years or less): Free
    Child(7-12 years) : 2.00R$
    Student : 5.00R$
    Senior(more 60 years) ; Free

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    Ayrton Senna's gravesite

    by csordila Updated Mar 23, 2010

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    Ayrton Senna F1 driver - in 1984: Toleman, 1985-87: Lotus, 1988-93: McLaren, 1994: Williams - three times Formula One World Champion in 1988, 1990, and 1991.
    His tremendous driving skills while racing in the wet was world renowned. His main competitors, Prost, Mansell and Nelson Piquet called him the Rain Master.

    He died from injuries sustained in a spectacular crash on the high-speed Tamburello corner at Imola during the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994 at the age of 34.
    When Senna died , Brazilians were traumatised. In Sao Paulo, Senna’s funeral cortege was followed by a quarter of a million mourners.

    His final resting place in the Cemitério Morumbi attracts more visitors than those of John F Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley combined. In 2010 he would be 50 years old.
    On the grave stone - a simple brass plaque - there is the inscription in Portugues: “Nada pode me separar do amor de Deus” – nothing can separate me from the love of God. The spot is cordoned off with black-and-yellow tape and is surrounded by plants and flowers.
    We have visited his grave and put flowers on it.
    Requiescat in Pace.

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    visit simba safari park

    by hanspeter_W. Updated Aug 24, 2009

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    Also in Agua Funda is the Simba Safari Park. Visitors can drive through the park in their own cars and observe lions, zebras, bears and other African animals roaming in freedom.

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    Jardim America & Jardim Europa

    by MM212 Updated Jun 5, 2009

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    Oases of greenery amid concrete tower blocks, the two adjacent districts of Jardim America and Jardim Europa contain the city's most expensive villas and mansions and their lush gardens. This area lies between two districts of similar names (confusingly), Jardim Paulista and Jardim Paulistano, delineated by Avenida Brasil and Avenida Brig. Faria Lima. Jardim America is so called because most of its avenues are named after countries in the Americas, while Jardim Europa's are named after countries in Europe. For a visitor, there are only a few attractions here other than a drive through to admire the palatial structures and to ponder the contrasts in wealth in Brazil. The attractions include some shopping as well as a handful of lesser known museums.

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    Hotel Unique

    by MM212 Updated Jun 2, 2009

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    An architectural landmark in São Paulo, Hotel Unique is also among the city's top hotels. Its unusual - or "unique" - shape is often said to resemble a watermelon resting on stilts. Regardless, the building catches the eye and is well worth a visit, if one is not staying at the hotel itself. It was designed by the Brazilian architect, Ruy Ohtake. Among the hotel's attractions is its popular rooftop bar with excellent views over the city and the nearby Parque do Ibirapuera.

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  • SPEND A DAY WITH A LOCAL

    by AliceMoura Written Mar 23, 2009

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    THERE IS A SERVICE IN SAO PAULO CALLED RENT A LOCAL FRIEND.
    BASICALLY ITS LOCAL PEOPLE FROM SAO PAULO WHO SHOW VISITORS AROUND THE CITY'S COOL LOCAL SPOTS.
    ITS A MORE AUTENTIC EXPERIENCE OF THE CITY AND THE IDEA IS TO MAKE TOURISTS FEEL LOCALS.
    LOTS OF FUN, VERY RELAXED PEACE AND REASONABLE PRICES.
    www.rentalocalfriend.com

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    Escola Normal Caetano de Campos

    by MM212 Updated Feb 4, 2009

    Overlooking the Praça da República park, the Escola Normal Caetano de Campos is a beautiful Neoclassical school building dating from 1894. It was designed by the offices of Ramos de Azevedo, the famous Paulistano architect and engineer. The once prestigious school has long departed leaving the building to become the Ministry of Education for the São Paulo state (Secretaria da Educação)

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    Hotel Esplanada

    by MM212 Updated Feb 4, 2009

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    Inaugurated in 1923, Hotel Esplanada became one of the city's most luxurious hotels of its time. It hosted numerous famous figures and was the hotel of choice for performers at the Teatro Municipal, just outside the hotel. Hotel Esplanada is now long gone, but the building still carries its name, even though it is occupied by a corporation.

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    Correios e Telégrafos

    by MM212 Updated Feb 4, 2009

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    Dating from 1922, the grand Correios e Telégrafos edifice is in fact the main post office and telegraph building. It was designed by the Italian architect, Domiziano Rossi, and built by the offices of Ramos de Azevedo, the famous Paulistano engineer, in a Neoclassical Beaux-Arts style. Even thought the post office and telegraph functions were in the same building, each occupied a distinct unconnected half with separate entrances. The post office was on Anhangabaú and the Telegraph was on Avenida São João. The building is considered part of the city's historic architectural heritage and now contains a cultural centre as well.

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    Primeiro Tribunal de Alçada Civil

    by MM212 Updated Feb 4, 2009

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    Partly inspired by Mayan architecture, this flirtation with Art Déco architecture dominates the historic square, Pátio do Colégio. The imposing edifice has two remarkable cupolas and several stone-carved faces of angry men wearing winged helmets. The building was completed in 1930, by the offices of Ramos de Azevedo, Severo e Villares, for the Bolsa de Valores de São Paulo, a mercantile exchange, but since 1977, it has housed the Primeiro Tribunal da Alçada Civil (civil tribunal). It is unclear whether or not Ramos de Azevedo himself worked on the project (he actually died in 1928), but if he did, it would be a deviation from his typical Neoclassical and Belle Époque buildings in São Paulo, including two others on this very square.

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    Secretaria da Justiça

    by MM212 Updated Feb 4, 2009

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    Overlooking the historic square, Pátio do Colégio, is a pair of beautiful coral-coloured Neoclassical buildings occupied by the Ministry of Justice (Secretaria da Justiça). While each has a unique design, the similarities between them are no accident. They were both built by one of São Paulo's most famous engineers, Ramos de Azevedo, who also built the opera house. Building number 184, i.e. the one on the left if looking from the square, was inaugurated in 1891, originally as the Secretaria da Fazenda e do Tesouro, the Ministry of Finance. The building on the right, number 148, was completed a little earlier as the Secretaria da Agricultura, the Ministry of Agriculture.

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