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São Paulo Travel Guide

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Plan Your São Paulo Vacation

São Paulo is a megalopolis of nearly 20 million people, with endless stands of skyscrapers defining the horizon from every angle. The largest city in South America, São Paulo even makes New York City, with its population of about 8 million, seem small in comparison. And this nearly 500-year-old capital of São Paulo State gets bigger every year: it now sprawls across some 8,000 square

km (3,089 square miles), of which 1,530 square km (591 square miles) make up the city proper.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Shop Till You Drop Shop along with Brazil's rich and famous in the Jardins or Itaim areas, or at one of the city's many fashion malls.
  2. Food, Glorious Food Adventurous eating is a sport in São Paulo. The 12,500 restaurants here serve more than four-dozen cuisines.
  3. Live Music Enjoy the music that flows through the streets and can be heard around every corner—dance, sing, or just take in the ambience.
  4. Hopping Nightlife Bars of all shapes, styles, and sizes beckon the thirsty traveler—quench your thirst with a cold beer or strong caipirinha.
  5. The Beautiful Game Futebol, or soccer, is truly "the beautiful game" in Brazil, and in São Paulo futebol is played everywhere.

When To Go

When to Go to São Paulo

Cultural events—film and music festivals, and fashion and art exhibits—usually take place between April and December. In South American summer (f...

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