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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São Paulo Hotels

São Paulo puts an emphasis on business, and for the most part so do its hotels. Most of them are near Avenida Paulista, along Marginal Pinheiros, or in...read more

Restaurants

São Paulo Restaurants

São Paulo's dynamic social scene centers on dining out, and among the 12,500-plus restaurants, most of the world's cuisines are covered. The most popular...read more

Things To Do

Things To Do in São Paulo

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.

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São Paulo Experiences

  • Exploring São Paulo on foot

    The imposing and almost dead-straight Avenida Paulista is a great place to explore on foot. Running from Paraíso (paradise) to Consolação (consolation)... Read more

  • Dining Out in São Paulo

    Eating out in São Paulo can be an all-night affair, so most restaurants open late and close even later. The majority will officially throw their... Read more

  • Top Reasons to Go to São Paulo

    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.... Read more

  • History of São Paulo

    São Paulo wasn't big and important right from the start. Jesuit priests founded it in 1554 and began converting native Indians to Catholicism... Read more

  • São Paulo's Gay Pride Parade

    São Paulo hosts one of the world's biggest and most famous gay parades each year on the Sunday of the Corpus Christi holiday, which generally... Read more

  • São Paulo Soccer

    Brazilians are so passionate about futebol (soccer) that popular wisdom says there are three subjects—soccer, women, and religion—not to be discussed... Read more

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