São Paulo Travel Guide

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    waves at guaruja beach
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São Paulo Things to Do

  • Avenida Paulista

    4 out of 5 stars

    If you take your time to walk Avenida Paulista, the financial hub of Sao Paulo, you'll notice there are no shortage of sights, sounds, smells and sensory overload. There are places where artisans are selling their paintings, sculptures and crafts. These are often by the sides of the green space park plazas. The buildings are built with many...

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  • Beaches

    Santos is a very interesting place that I got to go 2 when I went to Brasil. Not too far from Sao Paulo and recommended if you can't make it 2 Rio (which I couldn't). Pros: Shopping areas close by, white sand beaches, fairly pretty area. Cons: Port so lots of large ships coming in constantly, somewhat polluted.

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  • Parque Ibirapuera

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Designed in 1954, but built only in 2005, Auditório Ibirapuera is the work of the famous architect Oscar Niemeyer. The ultra-modern music hall is considered one of the best venues for concerts in São Paulo. It is located within Parque do Ibirapuera.

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São Paulo Restaurants

  • Figueira (Churrascaria)

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    One of the most celebrated restaurants in São Paulo, A Figueira Rubaiyat gets its interesting name from the tropical fig tree that dominates the exterior dining room (figueira) and from the 11th century Persian poetry by Omar Khayyam (Rubaiyat). I wasn't sure what the connection was, other than that the owner of the restaurant was of Lebanese...

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  • Street food, per kilo, general,...

    5 out of 5 stars

    If it's Wednesday and you're in Sao Paulo you can bet that feijoada will be on the menu. They say that life in Sao Paulo is so unpredictable that they need to something to depend on and therefor Wednesday is feijoada day (Saturday is too in lots of restaurants). Feijoada is a sort of bean/pork stew and is popular thorough Brazil. Although I didn't...

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  • Jardineira Grill (Churrascaria)

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Jardeneira offers buffet but features Brazilian BBQ. The meats are well cooked. I personally love the lamb chops. You get a variety of desserts and side dishes from waiters moving around. The actual buffet table offers a wide range of side dishes and other dishes. Lamb Chops

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São Paulo Nightlife

  • "There's a light that never goes out"

    If my nightlife title made you think of The Smiths, this is the right place for you!Description: An old large house transformed into a nightclub in 1983. It was a legendery place in the 80's. In the 90's, it was a Gothic point. Re-opened in 1999, Madame Satã continues to cherish the past, but always open to new cultural and musical tendencies....

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  • Salsa in Brazil

    Just a comment about the clubs:Although Salsa is in fact not Brazilian, as well as the other "Latin music" (reggaeton , cumbia, merengue, bachata, etc etc etc) we do have in Sao Paulo really nice latin clubs where you can easily dance those songs and get drunk with tequilas.There are 2 I recommend better:http://www.xcaretbar.com.br/This one in Vila...

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  • Nice rock bar.

    I went to cafe piu piu with a fellow vt friend and i had a really good time there.It´s a bar that features quite a lot of rock music and when we were there it was a band playing 70´s hard rock and they were real good.this is certainly a place i will return to when i am back in Sao Paulo next time.

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São Paulo Transportation

  • Airports

    Taxis are easy to find at Guarulhos airport as the taxi desks are located outside of each terminal, however be aware that only one taxi company is based at the airport and the lack of competition means the level of service is not always great. Also, be aware that for some reason not all international credit cards work at all establishments in...

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  • Bus station (Rodoviaria Tiete)

    Rodoviaria Tiete can be a little bit daunting especially for foreigners. I suggest the best way is to buy ticket online. There are plenty of good online services like http://brazilbustravel.com, or brazilbybus.com

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  • Metro

    The Metro/Subway system in Sao Paulo is a modern subway, with wide trains. The signalization is rather confusing, but I've managed to get around. The fare is R3, about 1 dollar (December 2014). People in Sao Paulo are not used to queuing, waiting to et people off, taking their backpacks off in the subway and so on. The challenging part in the...

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São Paulo Shopping

  • Malls in Sao Paulo

    Paulistas are quite wealthy but conscious of crime, so indoor shopping malls have taken off in a big way. The most notable are Morumbi/Market Place, Eldorado, Iguatemi and Cidade Jardim.They are great places for people watching and trying international food too.

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  • Sao Bento Street Market Area

    There are many street market areas in Sao Paulo. Some are weekends only, but others are daily. The street markets around Sao Bento are open every day. However the optional word here is "day". Due to the nature of things, the area is not the safest at night, so all stores closed about sunset. It is best if you do your shopping and move on before...

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  • Brazilian Handicrafts and Souvenirs

    The store is located near Av. paulista and Jardins Neighborhood at Rua Augusta.There are many choices and the staff speaks good english.They sell golden grass items as bowls, baskets, bags, earrings, necklaces, decor itens, vases etc. Everything is handmade and very beatiful and unique. craftshandicraftsearringsnecklacesbasketsbowlswatchesgolden...

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São Paulo Local Customs

  • Portuguese needed... or not?

    it's difficult to travel here without knowing some rudimentary Portuguese (even Spanish helps a lot! for some reason most Brasilian/Portuguese people can understand Spanish, but not the other way around). My big regret is that I didn't learn enough; it would have really helped out! Not so many people speak English, but sign language helped

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  • Good food !

    The city's Italian community is large and vibrant, and much of their culture has found its way into the daily lives of every paulista (i.e. someone from São Paulo). However, the Italian influence is particularly notable in the local cuisine, and some do say that you can get a better pizza in São Paulo than you can back in Italy.

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  • What the hell is Nota Paulista (nota...

    Whenever you go pay something, you will be asked if you would like to have a "nota fiscal", "cpf na nota" or "nota paulista". If you don't have a "CPF" or have no idea of what that is, simply answer "não" (no)...Taxes on goods and services aren't so often clear in Brazil, so in order to avoid tax evasion in the state of São Paulo, the government...

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São Paulo Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch your back!

    My husband was on a business trip in Brazil last year. He was travelling with a business partner. They stopped to take a picture on the Anchieta Highway (from my understanding, a well-travelled toll road) in the middle of the day. They were robbed at gunpoint. My husband was shot and killed. I have read that thieves only want your money and...

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  • Come on! No more danger than usual ...

    Please take all the warnings about Sao Paulo with a pinch of salt. Like all big cities, it has its far share of crime but overall its not dangerous, you just need to avoid the favelas (shanty towns) and dont flaunt wealth. I have been living in Sao Paulo for a number of years, have a family, and have never seen anything to be concerned about. I...

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  • Traffic

    Traffic is a real b**** here, so allow plenty of time for your trip whether you're taking the bus, taxi, subway or car. Things get worse when it rains and/or during rush hours. Coach travel: I was on a coach and it took us one hour just to go from Tiete Bus Terminal to Dutra highway exit. A simple one-hour and half trip took almost 3 hours!...

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São Paulo Tourist Traps

  • Sao paulo fisrt time

    dont forrget your vaccation becouse you dont feel that the time is running. give a time and visit all accross Sao paulo city. this is my best trip

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  • Taxi drivers in São Paulo

    WEll, I live in São Paulo, and have lived here all my life. And I know many taxi drivers (as they told me) deceive foreigners and tourists taking the longest route possible to a place. Not all drivers do that, but some even wanna cash a little more on locals, so you can imagine what happens to tourists. I recommend printing your route via google...

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  • Fleeced at the Americano Bar in Sao...

    Beware of the strip clubs. I walked into a place called the Americano Bar on Augusta street in San Paulo and after having a few drinks they approached me with a bill for over 400 reas and the bouncers didn't want to let me leave until I paid it. I didn't have my credit card with me for safety reasons so I gave them almost that amount and ran out...

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São Paulo What to Pack

  • WHAT YOU MUST BRING WITH YOU

    Appropiate shoes,antiskating,high boots are recomended.Clothes that can keep you dry,food twice the time you plann to spend inside the cave. First aid material is necessary. Always use a handlight and a backlight.At least one person must take some kind of generator.Headlamp is a must,the main item I think.Batery refils,twice the time planned to...

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  • Packing List

    Before going to anyplace in Brazil, check to see if you need a Visa. Citizens of the US and Canada need visas. A waived country list can be found at the link below: Brazil Visa Information

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  • Packing List

    Like every big city, you are expected to dress nice, specially if you are planning on going to the nice restaurants I suggest here. It doesn't mean you should dress up really fancy. You can wear casual clothes, and jeans, but try not to wear those with your old t-shirt.

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São Paulo Off The Beaten Path

  • Tiete river banks and other parks

    The Tiete River bank Park is great - wonderful trails, good picnic and barbecue areas, there is even row boats for rental. However, the Tiete River is very polluted and during hot, dry periods the park can have a very unpleasant smell.

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  • Ocean beaches

    If you are in town, you can take a car and in less than two hours you are in the sea, and Praia Grande is one of the most popular holiday destinations for the Paulistanos. It is not the most beautiful one, but it is for sure the most popular! February 20th, 2005

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  • Petar caves

    Petar trip group,some of these friends are in the geology school in my university,what made them a real guides (oops,it was their first time there as well!!) This picture was taken inthe exit of " DO COUTO " cavern.

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São Paulo Sports & Outdoors

  • Futbol Satdium in Santos

    I went here when there weren't any games going on however it was still very cool 2 C. There is a museum for the team below an area of the stadium and most of it is a tribute to Pele who played here for part of his career. Pros: Cool museum, great stadium. Cons: Beyond looking around at the different parts of the museum and stadium there isn't a...

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  • Ride a bike!

    I love ride a bike here in São Paulo. There are some parks that you can ride and enjoy your travel here.Villa Lobos Park is a very nice park to ride a bike, walking, read a book. You can rent a bike.

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  • Running in Ibirapuera

    Ibirapuera Park is one of the favourite places to run in São Paulo.The favourite times are in the early morning, before work, or in the evenings, after work.It is well policed, has changing rooms and is well lit.Enjoy!

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São Paulo Favorites

  • Parks and nature

    Despite being an ocean of concrete, São Paulo is filled with majestic trees and large green spaces. Many of its streets, particularly in the Jardins district, are lined with trees. When I visited in early January, São Paulo was abundant with tropical trees blossoming with flowers of various colours. Attached are photos showing examples of such...

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  • X - Miscellaneous or not relevant

    Street names are a fascinating slice of culture. It is common, in São Paulo, to find that street names share a common theme. In the Jardins side of Paulista, several streets are named after cities in the state: Santos is the main port, Jaú is a leather working city in the west as is Franca, Campinas is the second largest city in SP and so...

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  • Avenida Paulista and business

    Sao Paulo stinks.!!! It's without a doubt one of the worst places to visit and live I've ever been to. IIf you HAVE to go there I'm sorry. Do it and get out quickly. feel extremely sorry for the millions of people trapped in it. Sao Paulo is a pile of filth, pollution and poverty that's is growing without control, consuming resources and polluting...

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