São Paulo

São Paulo is considered the metropolis of diversity, where different cultures and lifestyles live together in harmony. The city of São Paulo is well known for their hard working population and for their immense number of immigrants from different Brazilian cities or from countries outside Brazil. Nowadays, there are about 20 million people living in the city. There are a lot of people, travelling to São Paulo by bus and arriving at one of the three bus stations of the city. In São Paulo, you will find amusement, an outstanding cultural program and a gastronomy with delicious food from all over the world.

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Arriving in São Paulo

By bus: There are three different bus terminals in São Paulo: Tietê Bus Station, considered the biggest bus terminal in South America, Barra Funda Bus Station and Jabaquara Bus Station. From all of the three bus terminals, you can easily get to other quarters of São Paulo. In total, there are 28 different bus terminals and 5 different subway lines in São Paulo.

By plane: There are three different airports in the region of São Paulo: Congonhas Airport and Guarulhos International Airport are the most frequented airports of São Paulo. The third option is Viracopos Airport, which is located in the city of Campinas, about 90 kilometer far from São Paulo.

Arriving at Congonhas Airport, you can take the bus line 675 (Terminal João Dias). Alternatively, you can also take a taxi. The taxi stand is located out of the airport departure area. For additional information, please access the official website of the Congonhas Airport.

At Guarulhos International Airport, the city transport service EMTU/SP provides an Executive Bus Line Service, plus several urban bus lines to the main neighbourhoods of the city. The buses go from Guarulhos International Airport to Congonhas Airport, stoping at Praça da República, Tietê Bus Station, Barra Funda Bus Station, Itaim Bibi, Paulista and Augusta Street Hotels, and Tatuapé Subway. Alternatively, you can rent a car from one of the car rental companies located at the airport. The taxi stand is located out of the airport departure area. For additional information, please access the Official website of Guarulhos International Airport.

Where to stay

São Paulo has renovated completely its hotel structure in the last decade. However, the offer of accommodations is not enough during weekdays or during bigger events, which take place in the city. The hotels, which are located between the streets “Avenida Paulista” and “Avenida Consolação” are outstanding areas for people, who are visiting the city for tourism. It is one of the most central places and you can easily take the bus, subway or the taxi to go to other places of the city. Some places are even located in a walking distance.

At Avenida Berrini you can find a lot of different hotel options for business people. For people, who go to Sao Paulo for work and want to enjoy the nightlife at the same time, Vila Olímpia and Itaim are nice areas to stay. The quarter is not very far away from Avenida Berrini and there are several options for nightlife. There are also some hotels located next to the airports of Congonhas and Guarulhos.

Where to go

São Paulo is a very cosmopolitan city. Due to the fact that it unites so many different cultures and costumes, it could definitely be considered the capital of the world. The city is the host of different cultural events and festivals. There are more than 100 different cinemas, theaters and nightclubs all over the 2,000 quarters of the city.  

There are a lot of different opportunities for entertainment in the city of São Paulo. Walking through the heart of São Paulo, the Avenida Paulista, you will find a lot of different historical buildings and an outstanding cultural program! 

São Paulo is a paradise for people, who like to visit museums. You will find museums all over the city: The Art Museum of São Paulo (MASP - Museu de Arte de São Paulo), Museum of the Portuguese Language (Museu da Língua Portuguesa), Museum of Iparinga (Museu do Ipiranga), Museum of Art (Museu de Arte Sacra), Art Gallery of the State (Pinacoteca do Estado).

The Parque do Ibirapuera is one of the main areas of leisure in the city of São Paulo. The park was designed by the architect Oscar Niemayer. It is the ideal place for the practice of outdoor sports in the city. There are events and expositions hold in the Parque do Ibirapuera. It is also a wonderful place to go to at the end of the day to watch the beautiful sunset next to the lake. In the park you will always find a lot of people looking to be in contact with the nature. The rental of a bike is an outstanding option to discover the whole park.

Vila Madalena (also called Vila Madá) is the place to go out at night in São Paulo. In the streets of Vila Madalena, you will find a lot of different bars and night clubs. During the day, you can visit one of the numerous coffee shops in the street. People, who are very interested in fashion, should not miss to go to the street Oscar Freire, located in the district Jardins. It is the place where you can find a huge diversity of brand named products.

If you want to go to the beach, one of the best destinations is Ubatuba, which is located in the northeastern part of the state. There you will find a lot of different beaches to enjoy the sunny days, and several options to enjoy the nightlife in Ubatuba. If you want to go from São Paulo to Ubatuba, you have to take the bus at Tietê Bus Station.

Where to eat

São Paulo can be considered as the capital of the gastronomy of Latin America. In São Paulo, you can find restaurants for all different tastes from the traditional italian culinary (in the quarter Bexiga) to Japanese food in the quarter Liberdade. São Paulo unifies the best of the international culinary.

In total, you will find about 15,000 restaurants: There are 500 churrascarias (typical Brazilian meat restaurants), about 60 vegetarian restaurants, 20,000 bars and 2,000 restaurants with delivery service and 4,500 pizzerias, producing about 1 million pizzas per day.

The most tipical food from Sao Paulo is the mortadella sandwich (sanduíche de mortadela) and the codfish pastry (pastel de bacalhau) at Mercado Municipal, which is the main market of São Paulo and one of the most traditional food courts in the city.

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