November 29, 2022
Brasil Travel Guide

Brazil Travel Guide | Sao Paulo is the business capital of Brazil and South America. Sao Paulo covers an immense area, but most of its attractions are closely together or are clustered.

Arriving

Guarulhos International Airport is located 17 miles (28 km) north-east within the city. If you’re coming to the city from Rio de Janeiro, you might fly into the smaller, central Congon airport in the southwest.

Moving forward

To discover Brazil it is best to take a plane or a bus with a long-distance route. Rent a car to follow the coastline until Rio

Day 1 Tour of Sao Paulo

Morning activities

The city’s historical center is worth a visit. In the evening, make towards Praca de Se, a ideal location from where you can explore the city’s landmarks, including The Catedral Metropolitana and the Patio do Colegio which is where Sao Paulo was founded. You can visit the Edificio Italia for lunch. The view could be more appealing that the meals, but you’ll never regret it.

Edificio Banespa, a miniature version of the Empire State Building, also provides spectacular views of the city.

Afternoon

A little further north is another group of old-fashioned attractions, some of them located near Praca da Luz. This includes an South America’s major museums such as the Pinacoteca da Estado and the Museu of arte Sacra and the Victorian-inspired Estacao of Luz. Sao Paulo’s nightlife is highly recommended at night, so take in a show or go to an establishment.

Day 2 of the Tour Sao Paulo

Brazil Travel Guide
Museu de Arte de Sao Paul, photo by Eduardo Sarraf

Morning activities

Go to the sprawling Parque of Ibirapuera. It houses a variety of galleries and museums that are important that include the Museu de Arte Moderna, the Museu Afro Brasil, and the Bienal Building. Take a drive through Avenida Paulista and discover the reason why Sao Paulo is the financial capital of South America, then go to the internationally acclaimed Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo (MASP).

Next, visit Rua Oscar Freire or Rua Bela Cintra, a place that has a variety of delightful options for lunch. Check out the exclusive, premium boutiques in this area.

Afternoon

After lunch, head north until you reach Praca Charles Miller, named after Praca Charles Miller. It is named after the English man who introduced football to Brazil. This is one of the stadiums, Estadio do Pacaembu, built in 1940 and used during the 1950 World Cup, and also the renowned Museu do Futebol. The options for the afternoon include a trip to the Instituto Butanta, one of the most important research centers for venomous animal research and Liberdade where you can find the heart of the city’s vast Japanese community. Later, take advantage of the city’s nightlife and restaurants.