Sao Paulo Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia


São Paulo, in southeast Brazil, is the most populous city in the
Southern Hemisphere, and one of the biggest on the planet. This once modest missionary outpost has grown out to become the country’s economical and cultural powerhouse. Welcome to the fascinating city of São Paulo. This is the city… fondly known as Sampa These are the locals …. who call themselves Paulistanos. And this is what brings out their passion: strong coffee… named cafezinho, soccer… which they call futebol and of course: … carnival. São Paulo may not have Rio’s famous beaches, but it makes up for it in culture. In this energetic and creative city, you can enjoy the cool escape of nearly a
hundred museums and taste flavors from all over the world in some twenty-thousand cafés and restaurants. Because São Paulo is so incomprehensibly big, it helps to start at the very beginning of
its history. The botanical gardens in Parque do Estado
near the airport, preserves some of the Atlantic Rainforest that covered much of the Brazilian coast. The landscape was transformed when the
Portuguese arrived, on a mission to convert the native Amerindians
to the catholic faith. Stand on the very spot where the city was
founded by Portuguese Jesuits in 1554 at the Pátio do Colégio in the old city
center. The location of their main church, the Praça da Sé, now houses the neo-gothic Metropolitan Cathedral
with its Renaissance dome, which was modeled on that of the Cathedral
of Florence in Italy. In the 17th-century, São Paulo grew exponentially when a gold rush attracted miners to the region. Next came African slaves, who were imported to work in the sugar cane
and coffee plantations. The 19th century brought more Europeans and the Japanese followed in the 20th century. The resulting melting pot of cultures is the pulsing engine that now drives
Brazil’s economy. The city’s oldest district, Centro, has been home to Latin America’s
largest Stock Exchange since 1890. While just across the street is the richly decorated lobby of the former
state bank’s headquarters, the Altino Arantes Building. Three miles to the south, Avenida Paulista was built on the wealth of
the first coffee barons. As the country’s financial artery and one
of the city’s main thoroughfares, the boulevard pulses with the energy of about
one and a half million pedestrians per day. Apart from investing in its financial economy, São Paulo also has a policy of boosting its
creative economy, making the city one of Brazil’s most exciting
cultural hubs. The Avenida Paulista is home to the gravity-defying
São Paulo Museum of Art. Inside, view paintings by acclaimed
European masters, such as Van Gogh, Raphael and Picasso, as well as Brazil’s own leading artists. This remarkable museum belongs to the people and it was the wish of the architect that her modernist design would “return the same amount of public space
that it borrowed”, leaving the square underneath open for public
enjoyment. Finance and creativity go hand in hand at
the Banco do Brazil, a historic financial institution that hosts one of the city’s most prominent
Cultural Centers. In a city that sees more than a million cars crisscrossing hundreds of miles of interconnected
highways each and every day, the pedestrianized Viaduto Santa Ifigenia is a breath of fresh air. This art nouveau viaduct links the Old Center
to the New Center. Tour the nearby century-old Municipal Theatre, a Beaux Arts building dedicated to ballet, opera and other stage shows. The ornate theatre was inspired by the famous
opera house Palais Garnier in Paris. Find more cultural attractions to the north, in the Jardim da Luz district. The historic Júlio Prestes Train Station has been transformed into an esteemed and
elegant Cultural Center. While touring the grand halls of this monumental
building, don’t miss the Sala São Paulo, a massive wood-panelled concert hall with
an adjustable ceiling. The resulting acoustics are said to rival those of the famous concert halls of
Vienna and Berlin. Nearby is the oldest art museum in São Paulo, the Pinacoteca do Estado. Take your time here, because in this beautifully renovated school
of arts and crafts you can admire nearly 9,000 pieces, including many priceless Brazilian collections. There is no better place to experience Brazil’s
culinary culture than the nearby Mercado Municipal with its delicious displays of home-grown
fruits, cheeses, meats and other local specialties. Find a table on the mezzanine level, to look down on the hustle and bustle and admire the richly decorated windows of
this impressive market hall. An eye-catching building of a completely different
kind is the Ibirapuera Auditorium, designed by Brazil’s prolific architect, Oscar Niemeyer. It’s part of Ibirapuera Park in the south
of the city. While in the park, visit the Museum of Modern Art and the Afro Brazil Museum or simply join the locals in the city’s
favorite playground. São Paulo wouldn’t be a Brazilian city if it didn’t have an arena devoted to the
nation’s biggest sports heroes. In the Pacaembu Stadium, soccer legends such as Pelé, Ronaldo, Romario and Ronaldinho are on show in the
highly interactive exhibits of its Football Museum. A short drive to the west of the stadium is
Vila Madalena. Shop for unique souvenirs in one of the
colorful stores, or have lunch with the locals. The neighborhood is as famous for its little
shops and art galleries as for its marvellous street art. Some of these artists have since made a name
for themselves on a world stage. Having risen above its humble beginnings as a missionary outpost in an uncharted land, Sampa is not only Brazil’s economic powerhouse, but also the guardian of its priceless,
intangible assets. It’s a city of culture, creativity, hospitality
and art. São Paulo today rides a wave of positive energy into the future and is truly a destination that is much greater than the sum of its parts.

100 thoughts on “Sao Paulo Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

  1. Latin america is the future for sure! beautiful countries who are still developing. Imagine when we achieve more equality and the reduction of crime.

  2. Sou de Portugal mas não conheço praticamente nada de São Paulo. Não se ensina nem se fala muito de São Paulo por aqui, excepto em telenovela, mas faz mais de 20 anos que não vejo isso!
    Parece ser interessante para visitar mas é muita gente para habitar num sítio só… eu nem quero imaginar como é na hora de ponta!
    Qualquer cidade com mais de 500.000 habitantes é demais para mim, seja onde for!! XD

  3. IS there anyone here can tell me about a neighborhood where arab are located?
    Very good video really enjoyed watching it

  4. you forget to talk about the subway. O metro de São Paulo é um dos mais modernos e confortáveis do mundo, talvez a linha 4 amarela seja o metro mais moderno do mundo´, inclusive, para mim andar no metro pegando a linha verde, azul e amarela é um ótimo passeio no final de semana

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  6. Esses mulequinhos cariocas fuderam a cidade deles, e agora vem aqui falar mal do video? parece cupim, por onde vai destrói tudo, zé povinho sem cultura.

  7. Loved this! Thanks for posting it. I did a study-abroad year in Sao Paulo wayyyyyyy back in the 70's. None of my American friends even knew where it was! Since then, we have so many Brazilians in LA that….well…people know. But this vid gives me saudades for Brasil…and makes me want to revisit.

  8. Que lindo es Sao Paulo, hace un par de neses lo visitamos y ya estamos contando los dias para volver..que bueno que visitamos casi todos esos lugares…Saludos.

  9. Ahhh my city, the land I come from, it’s the place I call home..
    So tiring but lovely at the same time.

  10. Sao Paulo and Argentinas are so beutiful. Religious Missioners were brought great civilizations and culture to these places. My country was got these things early, but historical Authorities stopped going ahead. I am crying for my country and Vietnamese.

  11. São Paulo nao tem tanto esse apelo de estereotipo, graças! é multicultural, e Sampa é uma cidade jazz, rock e chorinho. os estereotipos incomodam, nem todo brasileiro é fissurado em carnaval, samba e futebol.

  12. Beautiful Sao Paulo, on top of all the things that the video mentioned about Sampa one of the main things that it was missing is how green the city is and though it is an enormous metro area, you're never too far from green spaces in Sampa. Beautifully made video Expedia. Obrigado

  13. São Paulo would be a fun city to visit. When the Portuguese founded this huge mega city, it was named after a district called São Paulo in Lisbon. It's impressive how much Brazil dwarfs Portugal is equal to how much São Paulo dwarfs Lisbon!

  14. Se São Paulo despoluir o Rio Tietê e o Rio Pinheiros como tem sido planejado,vai colocar a cidade como a 2" Nova York

  15. yo I adore this video, done with real class. I live in São Paulo but in a much different area, and area a little more "real" you may say, but I still love to go to almost all of these places that you talked about on the video. going to show this to everyone thinking about coming down 🙂

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  17. I remember visiting this city last July. There were many things to do, and the metro system was very convenient because some places were long distance. So there was easy access to visit the important sites that all tourist want to visit. Some places that I enjoyed going was Avenida Paulista, Liberdade, Ibiraquera Park, Beco do Batman, Mercado Muncipal, and São Paulo Aquarium. Those are the only places that came into mind.

  18. Ah São Paulo !!! My city !!! Yeah … Discovering is 1/2 Brazilian from São Paulo! Huge, kind of scared but amazing in culture, best food ever! A city to get lost and explore! So much to see and enjoy! Great video!

  19. Certainly the most important, rich and industrialized city in Brazil. Deserves the undisputed superiority, of being the capital of Brazil.

  20. Tive o prazer de conhecer essa magnífica cidade, uma das maiores cidades do mundo, tudo em São Paulo e superlativo, rica, elegante, moderna, uma super cidade.

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  22. Although I was born and raised in Rio, and have spent most of my life in New York City, I must state that I love São Paulo (SAMPA) with all my heart!

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