Tietê and its tributary, the
Pinheiros are important rivers of the city
São Paulo (state)
the richest state in Brazil. responsible for approximately
one-third of Brazilian GDP.
|municipalities are centered around
Greater São Paulo (such as
São José dos Campos,
Santos, give the metro center a population greater than
|Other cities include:
São José do Rio Preto,
Governor of São Paulo
Highway system of São Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil is the largest city in South America with
people, this city of dynamic immigrants and of colourful ethnic neighborhoods.
and also a commercial metropolis. Its nightlife may be the most exhilarating
part of the dynamic city. If the city's hectic lifestyle becomes
too much, then there are excellent beaches only 40 miles away.
About 20 million people live in the Greater São Paulo metropolitan area,
which is currently ranked as the second-largest in the world
While it's true that urban development has
been carried out with an almost complete lack of planning, São Paulo is far
more manageable than you might imagine. Greater São Paulo is enormous, but
the main shopping, entertainment and hotel districts are easy to move
Centro in the downtown district is a
financial and cultural center that's still home to the stock exchange and
many banks. This historic district is drawing new momentum as
revitalization efforts take hold, the area is around Praça da Sé and Praça
da República , the two sections of the city bisected by a broad avenue, the
Vale do Anhangabaú
The Bela Vista neighborhood also
Bixiga for its most colorful subdivision near Centro,
are home to many theaters and bars and best reflects the major Italian
heritage of the City. In the 19th century, many families who
made fortunes from coffee built whimsical mansions on the ridge-top
Avenida Paulista. Many of the city's best hotels are also on
or near this avenue as are many skyscrapers.
São Paulo's international airport,
Cumbica (tel. 011/945-2111), also known as Guarulhos, is the industrial
suburb of Guarulhos, 30 km (19 mi) and a 45-minute drive from downtown
Congonhas Airport (tel. 011/536-3555, ext. 195) serves the smaller
regional airlines and the Ponte Aerea, the Rio-São Paulo shuttle. Congonhas
is 14 km (9 mi) from the city center, about a 15-minute drive, but the
city's unpredictable traffic can double this time.
São Paulo Official Tourism Site (http://anhembi.terra.com.br/turismo/eng/default.asp)
Anhembi Turismo e Eventos da Cidade de São Paulo (Anhembi Convention
Center, Av. Olavo Fontoura, 1209, tel. 011/267-0702) has four branch
São Paulo Convention and Visitors Bureau (Rua Dom Jose de Barros 17,
tel. 011/255-4600, fax 011/255-5032).
São Paulo City Hall Website (http://www.prefeitura.sp.gov.br)
Sao Paulo Official Home Page (http://www.saopaulo.sp.gov.br/ingles/saopaulo/index.htm)
Secretaria de Esportes e Turismo do Estado de São Paulo, or SEST (Praça
Antônio Prado 9, tel. 011/239-5822), open weekdays 9-5:30, provides maps and
information about attractions in the city and excursions in the rest of the
São Paulo BY ROUGH GUIDE for TravelNow
The City There is no shortage of museums , but with a few
significant exceptions they are disappointing for a city of São Paulo's
stature. there are few places in the world that have as comprehensively
turned their backs on the past as São Paulo has done.
City Transport ||
Hotels in São Paulo
Shopping Centres ||
Downtown Shopping ||Cerqueira
César And The Jardins ||Markets
Avoiding Trouble In São Paulo Always carry at least some money in
an immediately accessible place so that, if you are accosted by a mugger
, you can quickly hand something over before he starts getting angry or
panicky. If in any doubt at all about visiting an area you don't know, don't
hesitate to take a taxi.
Fast Food, Coffee, Tea And Ice Cream ||
Bars, Nightlife And Entertainment
Places come and go in São Paulo at a bewildering speed and so
on-the-spot advice is vital. consult the weekly Veja, the daily
Folha de São Paulo (especially its Friday Noite Ilustrada
supplement), or the
Guia Internet São Paulo Web site (
There are four main centres for nightlife in São Paulo: Bixiga , with
good bars and live music; Jardins , with some good neighbourhood
bars; Itaim Bibi and Vila Olímpia , best known for its flashy
nightclubs; and Vila Madalena and adjoining Pinheiros , fast
becoming known for its trendier, slightly "alternative" scene.
By Air |By
Immigration And São Paulo
Explore São Paulo
Along Avenida Paulista
||Around São Paulo
||Butantã and Morumbi
||North of Praça da Sé
||Parque do Estado
||Parque do Ibirapuera
||Praça da República and around
||Praça da Sé
The city has a multicultural metropolitan area, which some
have compared to New York City, with heavy Portuguese, Italian, Arabian
and Japanese influences. São Paulo is known for its varied and
sophisticated gastronomy, ranging from Chinese to French, from fast food
chains to five star restaurants. Its night life is animated by thousands
of bars, pubs, lounges and discos, that cater for a variety of music
tastes and are often open all night.
|São Paulo has a humid
subtropical climate. Though generally considered by Brazilians to be
drizzly and rather cool, São Paulo's climate is by world standards
actually warm and mild. Temperatures seldom reach 30°C (86°F) during
summer, while frost is rare during winter.
satellite image of the Greater São Paulo
metropolitan area (center), and the coastal towns of Santos and São
"I would err on the side of caution and just
wear black. You can't go wrong with that idea."
[Nightlife by Virtual Tourist]
"Most bargaining occurs on the streets after all. So
you need to understand the way the vendors function.
"The Art Of Bargaining In Sao Paulo..The Jeito!
Mar 17 '01
|The nightlife here is incredible! So many places to go, you can dance,
listen to jazz, blues, classic, samba. The disco clubs ends at 3-4:00,
then you can go somewhere to eat.
During the summer take the road to the beaches (Guaruja, Caraguatatuba,
Ubatuba, Santos, Maresias, etc), just 1-1:30 hour by car, and I can assure
that you will love it! If you have 2 or 3 days off go to Paraty city (3
hours by car), you will want to live there forever. During the winter go
to the mountains, 2 hours by car, to Campos do Jordao city, you will find
fancy places, good wine and food. And we have Carnival
I love this city!
Nov 22 '99
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