São Paulo

São Paulo Travel Guide

To say that São Paulo is a bustling metropolis is a serious understatement. The capital of Brazil easily dwarfs New York City both in population and sheer size—it covers nearly 3,000 square miles. The city was born in the 16th century with a tiny mission. Today, when you visit São Paulo, you’ll find a huge range of experiences, from cutting-edge art galleries to fabulous shopping and some of the best dining and nightlife in the world. It’s also pretty unusual, when you travel to São Paulo, not to come across some major public event. This is a carnival city through and through, with events ranging from the world’s largest Gay Pride Parade to the Festival of Economic Art and a March for Jesus, by way of a Pancake Cook-off that attracts chefs from all over the city. Read on in this São Paulo travel guide to start you on your path through this globally diverse city:

Things Not to Miss in São Paulo

• Enjoy Samba Saturdays—the live music playing in the city’s bars every Saturday
 • See the best art collection in South America at the São Paulo Art Museum
 • Shop for handicrafts and antiques at the Sunday outdoor markets on Avenida Paulista
 • Walk or bicycle through Parque Ibirapuera, São Paolo’s main park
 • Explore the Museu Afro Brazil, a celebration of the gorgeous art done by the African community here

When to Go to São Paulo

São Paolo has a rather tropical, mild climate, with good weather, making any season pretty agreeable for travel to São Paulo. Just a few factors to consider for your São Paulo travel:

Winter lasts from June through August and is nicely mild, rarely getting below 50 degrees and often offering highs in the 70s (Pack layers, though, just in case). Summer—which lasts from December through March—can be hot and humid, and bring a lot of rain (particularly in January).

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