Sao Paulo Journals

São Paulo - The Ultimate Urban Experience

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A travel journal to Sao Paulo by ohyeah

Quote: São Paulo is Brazil’s financial heart and the quintessential city of contrasts—extreme wealth and poverty, skyscrapers and slums, and myriad immigrant cultures co-exist in this dynamic, chaotic city. Come prepared for the flash, grit and hubbub of an urban experience, and you’ll learn this city has much to offer.

São Paulo - The Ultimate Urban Experience

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Overview

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One of the largest cities on the planet (it’s significantly bigger than New York or Tokyo), São Paulo offers world-class dining and a vibrant nightlife. Take advantage of the currency’s devaluation and treat yourself to dinner at one of the city’s many elite restaurants—you’ll experience gourmet cuisine, fine wine, and five-star service in a sophisticated setting for a fraction of the price you’d pay in North America or Europe. Round out the evening with live music at a laid-back bar or a night of techno at a stylish club. Also, no matter what you do in the city, you’ll want to spend at least one day exploring downtown. Not only is this where many of the cultural highlights are located, but it’s the b...Read More

Downtown Walking Tour

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The centro is São Paulo's historical core and is the best place to experience the full bustle of the city, as well as visit some of the city’s top attractions. I’ve taken several self-guided tours in the center and I’m always delighted by the diversity of sights and interesting characters I see. You can get from site to site on foot, but you’ll probably want to take the occasional subway. I suggest a route below, but you can plan your own itinerary using the tourist maps on the site www.vivaocentro.org.br. All the major points of interest are demarcated, and the most important of them have red checkmarks by their names. Get up early because you’ll have a full day! Start off in the historically J...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 11, 2004

Downtown Walking Tour
São Paulo Centro
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Museu de Arte Sacra

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The Museu de Arte Sacra houses one of the most extensive and important collections of religious art in Brazil. The earliest piece dates back to the 16th century, though most of the collection is from the 17th and 18th centuries. The numerous saints, altars, reliquaries, silver, and jewels have been collected from around Brazil, and many of the pieces were originally brought from Europe. The collection is housed in São Paulo's only intact colonial building. In one room, the walls have been left exposed, revealing the building’s wood-and-mud structure. You’ll realize why the walls all had to be so thick! After you’ve seen the main collection, you’ll be directed to the Presépio exhibit, which houses Lati...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 18, 2004

Museu de Arte Sacra
Av. Tiradentes 676
Sao Paulo, Brazil
011/227-7694

Eat Like a Paulista

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São Paulo is probably more famous for its international cuisine than for Brazilian cooking. The city is a melting pot of many immigrant cultures, the most significant of which are probably Italians, Japanese, Lebanese, Spanish, Germans and Koreans. You’ll find excellent restaurants of all these nationalities. Tourists can take advantage of the currently favorable exchange rate and treat themselves to the best of the city’s gourmet dining-- without breaking the bank. The heaviest concentration of these restaurants can be found in the neighborhood of Itaim Bibi/Jardins. Restaurants only begin to fill up after 8:30, so you might want to beat the crowds and arrive early. Otherwise, it is likely you ...Read More

The São Paulo Nightscape

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Paulistas work hard, but they play hard, too. There are more nightspots in São Paulo than you could visit in a lifetime, so whether your scene is a laid-back bar or a trendy disco, there’s something out there for you. Live music of all sorts is abundant—jazz, rap (known as "música black"), pagode (samba-style music), underground trance, rock, etc.—so ask around. Some guidelines to keep in mind when you explore the São Paulo nightscape: Clubs don’t get started until pretty late (if you arrive before midnight, or even later in some cases, the place will be deserted), so if you’re headed out to the nightlife directly after dinner, you’ll probably want to hang out at a bar for an hour or ...Read More

Beach Escape from São Paulo

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The beaches along the northern coast of the state of São Paulo are popular among Paulistanos as weekend destinations and are, in my opinion, underrated by the international tourist industry (and I hope they stay that way!). The closest beaches are in Guarujá and the port city of Santos, but these beaches are overcrowded, overdeveloped and somewhat polluted. Keep heading northeast along the coast (the trip, by car, takes between two and four hours without traffic). The first of the nicer beach areas that you will reach is Riviera de São Lourenço, which offers the amenities of a small town in addition to their decent beaches. Personally, I prefer the beaches that lie beyond, starting after Boracéia. The...Read More
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Nicknamed the "Switzerland of Brazil," the town of Campos do Jordão is a popular winter destination where Paulistas bundle up and sip hot chocolate by a roaring fire in their Swiss-style cottages. And in keeping with the wintry theme, the roofs are appropriately slanted should the town ever be hit by a blizzard (and of course it never is—although it can get quite cold). The idyllic mountain setting of majestic Paraná pines is as much of a draw as the myriad cultural events, including a renowned classical music festival, that entertain the crowds each winter. In warmer seasons, the area attracts hikers, alpinists, and nature enthusiasts who use the town as a springboard for outdoor adventures. A...Read More