Overview Sao Paulo

Visiting Sao Paulo

The largest city in Brazil (not to mention the largest city in the western and southern hemispheres) Sao Paulo is a prototypical modern metropolis, home to a host of museums, parks and world-class restaurants, making it a popular destination for visitors to Brazil.

One of the city’s crowning jewels is the 395-acre Ibirapuera Park, as important a landmark in Sao Paulo as Central Park is in New York City. Popular among locals and tourists alike for its beautiful lawns and jogging paths, the park is also home to a wide array of Sao Paulo's cultural and educational centers.

Sao Paulo’s Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo is home to one of the best collections of western art in the southern hemisphere, and only one of a host of excellent art museums in the area. The century-old Pinacoteca do Estado houses the best of Brazil’s 19th century artists, while other smaller galleries and museums like the Marta Traba Gallery of Latin American Art and the ... Read More
The largest city in Brazil (not to mention the largest city in the western and southern hemispheres) Sao Paulo is a prototypical modern metropolis, home to a host of museums, parks and world-class restaurants, making it a popular destination for visitors to Brazil.

One of the city’s crowning jewels is the 395-acre Ibirapuera Park, as important a landmark in Sao Paulo as Central Park is in New York City. Popular among locals and tourists alike for its beautiful lawns and jogging paths, the park is also home to a wide array of Sao Paulo's cultural and educational centers.

Sao Paulo’s Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo is home to one of the best collections of western art in the southern hemisphere, and only one of a host of excellent art museums in the area. The century-old Pinacoteca do Estado houses the best of Brazil’s 19th century artists, while other smaller galleries and museums like the Marta Traba Gallery of Latin American Art and the Museu de Arte Sacra maintain beautifully curated collections.

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Stories and Tips Sao Paulo

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A Tasty Cultural Gate

Written by SeenThat on 29 Mar, 2007

When arriving at a new and foreign place, many aspects of its culture are closed to us. However, much before we comprehend the language or understand the culture, much before the gestures and body language of the locals make sense, even in our first day…Read More


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From Sao Paulo to Uruguay in Bus: a Trip along the Brazilian Coast

Written by SeenThat on 28 Mar, 2007

Many travelers dislike traveling in local buses. They find it cheap, maybe even degrading. Actually, it is a good way to see the countryside and local culture. Most other ways of transport create a barrier between the traveler and his muse; and aren’t we –…Read More


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Martim de Sa beach

Written by ademir on 08 Dec, 2000

This is my favorite beach among 25 miles of terrific beaches here. Many with names derived from the Brazilian Indians of the past. Most names come from the Guarani Indians. The cities beaches start at the Juqueriquere river bordering Sao Sebastiao and ending at Tabatinga river bordering Ubatuba. Martim…Read More


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A 35-hours-long Day: From Hong Kong to Sao Paulo

Written by SeenThat on 20 Mar, 2007

Usually, whenever we hear the term “long-day” we think of it in a figurative way; after all, days have a fixed length. However, for once, I was entitled to use the term literally.After two years in Asia, it was time to leave for South America.…Read More


Beach Escape from São Paulo

Written by ohyeah on 13 May, 2004

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…Read More


The São Paulo Nightscape

Written by ohyeah on 13 May, 2004

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…Read More


Eat Like a Paulista

Written by ohyeah on 12 May, 2004

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…Read More


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Sao Paulo, a place to read

Written by Tavia on 21 Aug, 2002

Sao Paulo is the hub of the Brazilian publishing industry (which is internationally-considered to be blessed with excellent authors and editors who acquire translations wisely), so no journal of this city is complete without mentioning a couple of my favorite books about Brazil. Author Jorge Amado…Read More


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Stores in Itu

Written by ademir on 26 Dec, 2000

Stores in Itu are quite like all stores found everywhere, although this town enjoys its great fame from long ago as being the town where everything is BIG. From its countless souvenirs like huge pencils or erasers. Or; a large pair of glasses, you are in for…Read More


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Maranduba beach- Near Ubatuba

Written by ademir on 08 Dec, 2000

About twenty miles south of Ubatuba is a another beach area called Maranduba. Its waters are clean and calm. I enjoyed the swimming there and stayed at the chalets very near this beach. Maranduba Chalets are very affordable and offer some very scenic attractions nearby. The…Read More


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