São Paulo, Brazil: Travel/Tourist Guide

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São Paulo is a metropolitan city in the southeast region in Brazil. It is the capital of the state of São Paulo and the largest city in the country. It is home to the tallest buildings in Brazil, as well as many other important historical and cultural monuments. The name of the city is in tribute to Saint Paul of Tarsus.

Getting There

The city is served by three major airports. Guarulhos International Airport, also known as Cumbica, has two terminals with flights from most international destinations in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. From there, travellers may take shuttle buses (R$42), urban buses (R$5.15) or taxis (R$100-140) to their destination in the city. Airlines use Viracopos International in Campinas as an alternative to Cumbica. Congonhas Airport only has domestic flights around the region. There are also buses (R$3.50) from the airport to the subway line or downtown area.

Climate and Geography

It has a humid subtropical climate with mild winters and rainy summers. The city is located on a plateau near the Serra do Mar, which is part of the Brazilian Highlands. Its temperate climate is due to this elevated position. Its population of 32 million lives in the largest urban sprawl in the world.

Attractions

Avenida Paulista is a major business center that contains countless hotels, bars, restaurants and shops. Cultural points of interest include the House of Coronel Joaquim Franco de Mello, Igrejo São Luis Gonzaga and the Museu de Arte de São Paulo.

There are also many green parks in the city such as Parque do Ibirapuera, Parque Estadual da Cantareira and Parque Ecológico do Tietê. 

The São Paulo Carnaval from February to March is one of the most popular carnival destinations in the country, even to Brazilians. It is best enjoyed on Avenida Olavo Fontoura.