BRAZIL'S LARGEST CITY!
São Paulo is the most populous city in South America with an estimated 11 million population in the city and 20 million in the metropolitan area. In addition to being the center of economy and capital in Brazil; the city is also rich in terms of its cultural parks and museums. The ethnic diversity of the city’s population also creates an astonishing beauty.
Guarulhos International Airport is located 25 kilometers northeast of the city. You can take a cab, a shuttle or use public transportation to go to the city center. The city “metro”, the biggest subway system in Brazil, is very clean and efficient. Although it is not as comprehensive as its counterparts in Europe and North America, it operates in the most important areas. Construction of subway extensions are still ongoing. Between 08.00 (AM) to 10.00 (AM) in the morning and 06.00 (PM) to 08.00 (PM) in the afternoon; the traffic turns into a complete mess. In certain days of the week, some vehicles are not permitted into the traffic.
Some of the upscale hotels are : Hotel Unique, Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo, Hotel Fasano Sao Paulo, InterContinental Sao Paulo, Emiliano Hotel, Tivoli Sao Paulo Mofarrej, L'Hotel Porto Bay Sao Paulo, Renaissance São Paulo Hotel, Hotel Transamerica Sao Paulo and Sheraton Sao Paulo WTC Hotel. If you are looking for a medium priced hotel you can check out the Maksoud Plaza, Nikkey Palace Hotel, Hotel Plaza Apolo, Mega Polo Hotel, Le Premier Suites or London Class Suítes. If you prefer low priced accommodation you can stay at Viva Hostel Design, Pousada dos Franceses, Vila Madalena Hostel, Bee.W Hostel or Uvaia Hostel.
The starting point for a nice trip is Avenida Paulista. São Paulo expands around the area known as Praça da SE, which has a stone landmark symbolizing "point zero" of the city, at the center of it. Neighboring districts Jardins, Itaim, and Ibirapuera Park are among interesting places to see. Some of the tourist attractions are: Catedral da Sé, Theatro Municipal, Edifício Altino Arantes, Edifício Itália, Edifício Copan, Estação da Luz, Mosteiro De São Bento and Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP). The Italian region Bixiga, Japanese region Liberdade, Sé and Vale Anhangabaú, República, Bom Retiro, and Luz are located in the historical downtown. You can find a small town feel in the neighborhoods called Freguesia, located in the northern region of São Paulo. Also Expo Center Norte - which is the largest events and performing arts center in South America-, Serra da Cantareira State Park, and Anhembi Park are located here. The region is also known with its samba schools. Lithuanian settlement Vila Zelina and Italian settlement Mooca neighborhoods in the eastern region are among places you can visit.
Among the new shopping centers, Higienópolis, “Ibirapuera” and “Rua Oscar Freire” are the ones that are best for shopping in stores of fashion brands. The market place known as Mercadão (Grand Bazaar), located on Estado Street, is a spot you must stop by to do food shopping and grab a bite to eat. Guarana Brazil is another shopping area filled with elegant, stylish clothing items.
88 museums are located in São Paulo and the city makes a name for itself as a capital of arts as a result of that. These museums and art houses store and display paintings, sculptures, photographs, and outstanding examples of all visual arts. São Paulo Museum of Modern Art (Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo- MAM) built by the famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, Pinacoteca State Museum (Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo), Museum of Sacred Heart, Lasar Segall Museum, and Museum of Image and Sound (MIS) are only a few among the various options. The city hosts countless music, dance, and theater performances with the São Paulo Art Biennial and its film festivals. Night life in São Paulo is very colorful; you can get stuck in the traffic if you happen to run into people on their way back to their homes.