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Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo
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How to Reach

By Air

Sao Paulo has two main airports that handle all international and domestic flights. Both of them have buses and taxis for the transfer to the city centre, and car hire is also available. The terminal buildings have the normal range of facilities including ATMs, bureaux de change and information desks.

By Rail

Travelling by train is not a popular option in Brazil, as these days most trains are under serviced and lack real investment. There are four train stations in Sao Paulo. The Barra Funda Station on rua Capitao-Mor Goncalo Monteiro offers a Silver Train to Rio de Janeiro, which departs daily at 20:30. The Luz Station has trains to the interior and coast. Suburban trains heading to Itapevi can be caught at Julio Prestes Station, while trains east to Mogi das Cruzes leave from Roosevelt Station.

By Bus

The four different bus stations in Sao Paulo are all connected by the city's metro system. Between them, they cover more than 1,000 destinations. The biggest of the stations, Terminal Tietê, is a huge building in the north of the city and has services to other parts of Brazil as well as to international destinations such as Uruguay, Chile, Argentina and Paraguay. There is an information desk in the middle of the main concourse.

The other terminals are Barra Funda in the west zone, which has buses to western Brazil, and Terminal Intermunicipal do Jabaquara at the end of the southern metro line, which has services to coastal areas. Tickets can be purchased at the stations and it's best to buy them in advance.

By Car

Reaching Sao Paulo by car is possible, as the road system connects all of Brazil’s larger cities. The main Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro highway is the via Dutra (BR 116 North). The Rodovia Ayrton Senna (SP 70) runs parallel to the Dutra for approximately a quarter of the way. There is a longer but spectacular coastal road that also runs to Rio (SP 55 and BR 101).

Other main highways are the Castelo Branco (SP 280), which links the southwestern part of the state to the city; the via Anhanguera (SP 330), which connects to the northern region; and the BR 116, which comes in from the south (Curitiba). Driving a rental car is not recommended as the traffic in Sao Paulo is chaotic, street layout is confusing and parking is a nightmare.

Key places to visit
Fundao Maria Luiza e Oscar Americano, Memorial da America Latina, Ptio do Colgio, Itália Building, Horto Florestal


Places to Visit

Fundao Maria Luiza e Oscar Americano

Located near the Palacio dos Bandeirantes, this art gallery and its grounds were bequeathed to Sao Paulo by Oscar Americano, a wealthy developer responsible for creating much of the Morumbi district. The house is set in attractive gardens which contain over 20,000 trees. It's a relaxing and pleasant place to visit. The initial collection was based on works of art belonging to the Americano family and includes paintings, sculptures, porcelain, silver and furniture. Over time, new pieces from various periods have been acquired to form the current collection, Colonial and Imperial Brazil and 20th Century Masters.

Memorial da America Latina

Set in a large area of free space, these sculptures and huge curved structures show different aspects of Latin American culture and art. The Creativity Pavilion has a good selection of popular art, while the Marta Trata Gallery has temporary exhibitions by Latin American artists. Other exhibits include the Tiradentes Panel by Cândido Portinari in the Acts Room and a concrete hand depicting the map of Latin America.

Ptio do Colgio

The Pátio do Colégio is a centre of cultural activity and marks the place where the city of Sao Paulo was originally founded. A Jesuit school was first built here by the local Guaianás inhabitants. There is now a church on the grounds as well as the Achieta Museum, displaying original sculptures by the Guaianás natives and a model reproduction of Sao Paulo in the 16th century.

Itália Building

On Avenida Ipiranga, at the corner of Avenida São Luís, is the 47-storey Itália Building. From its roof, at a height of 164m/538ft, there are magnificent views of the whole city.

Horto Florestal

Above the Campo de Marte are the districts of Santana (the business and night life center of the Zona Norte), Mandaqui, Tucuruvi, Tremembe and Horto. In Horto is the Horto Florestal (Forest Park; area 174 hectares/430 acres), with lakes, wooded areas and springs of drinking water. Also in the park are the summer residence of the Governor and the Octávio Vechi Forest Museum.

Right Time to Visit

November - February