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The largest city in South America, Sao Paulo’s cuisine and art is as multinational as its diverse population.

The largest city in South America, Sao Paulo’s cuisine and art is as multinational as its diverse population.

Population: 20.186.000 

Sao Paulo has a leading cultural role in and outside Brazil, and is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. It is food lovers’ heaven! Furthermore, Sao Paulo has the best nightlife in Brazil and an immense number of galleries, theatres, cultural centres and museums. 


Climate of São Paulo is considered subtropical with an average temperature of 19.25 degrees Celsius, with warm winters and summers with moderately high temperatures, increased by the effect of the high concentration of buildings. During the warmest month (February) the average temperature is 22.5 °C, and the coldest month (July) 16 °C. Being near the sea, the winds coming from the coast are a constant in the local climate, being responsible to avoid days of intense heat in summer or cold in the winter.

Bus: If you are looking to get around Sao Paulo by bus, you can visit one of the four bus terminals in the city that offer good travel rates and excellent connectivity to the various places. 

While they are a good travel option by day, during the night hours it is recommended that you use a taxi for travelling within the city limits.  Senior travellers (65+) will travel for free at the coaches (not the microbuses).

Metro: The railway network of Sao Paulo comprises surface trains as well as the subway system and is the means of transport that tourists are most likely to trust. While the subway system is efficient, clean, modern and safe, there is no consistency about the quality of the surface trains although the ones in the more touristy areas can surely give the metro a tough competition.  

Taxi: of course, taking a cab is an important way to go for the foreign visitor, especially at night.Meter prices in São Paulo are a bit higher than in Rio de Janeiro. Be aware that the many traffic jams can influence your fare severely. 
If you know roughly the price to your destination, it pays to make a deal beforehand instead of using the meter. 


Samba Saturday: This is a must! Live Samba music is played in many of the city’s bars on Saturdays. The best place to experience live Samba and traditional Saturday food (feijoada) is Bar Samba in Vila Madalena. 

MASP (Museu de Arte de São Paulo):
São Paulo has many great museums, but MASP is the city’s best art museum.

Antiques + Handicrafts + Street food: On Sundays, the area around MASP on Avenida Paulista hosts two great outdoor markets. The space under the museum becomes a huge antiques market, and the space across the street is a handicrafts market where great street food is sold.

Parque Ibirapuera: Parque Ibirapuera is the city’s largest green space and one of the largest city parks in Latin America. There is plenty to do here…paths to walk or bike or people watch, museums, Niemeyer architecture, a lake, and more.

Museu Afro-Brasil: This is one of the nicest museums in the city, which is saying a lot because São Paulo has several excellent museums. It is housed in another Niemeyer designed building.

Latin America Memorial: The Memorial da América Latina is a complex of buildings designed by Niemeyer to honor the struggles of the Latin American people and provide a place where celebrations or public events can take place. 

Ipiranga: Ipiranga was built in 1895 to preserve 400 years of Brazilian history and houses old maps, photographs, paintings, and furniture. It is located inside an impressive Neo-Classical palace with European-style gardens. Unfortunately, Ipiranga is located far away from the center but is accessible by bus and metro.


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