The thriving metropolis of Sao Paulo is Brazil’s largest city and a beehive of activity. With an overwhelming array of attractions including world-class museums, nightly concerts, experimental theatre and dance, it’s no wonder it’s deemed the country’s cultural capital. And with its nightclubs, restaurants and bars amongst the best in South America, it’s a popular place to be.
It wasn’t always so as Sao Paulo remained a colonial backwater for much of its history. The 19th century saw the city creep from the shadows and the explosion of immigrant workers in the 20th century brought new life to Sao Paulo. With a population of 17 million people from all over the world, the city is Brazil’s most culturally diverse destination. For the wandering traveller, a stroll through Sao Paulo’s neighbourhoods is a window into the shops and restaurants of the world.
The best views of Sao Paulo can no doubt be obtained from the top of the Banespa Skyscraper, this is free to visit – you just need to bring some ID with you. Art buffs should make their way to the Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo, which boasts one of the best collections of Western Art in Latin America. This museum is best visited on a Sunday when the outside turns into an antiques market.
To get you started with planning your holiday to Sao Paulo, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to South America