Why visit Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sao Paulo is located in the southeast part of Brazil and is one of the most populous cities on earth, with a population that extends to 20 million in the great metropolitan area. (It has the largest population in Brazil and in all of the Americas). Sao Paulo is also the financial centre of Brazil.
A fun fact about Sao Paulo is that it is the perfect place for food lovers, with nearly 13,000 distinct food venues to choose from. Visitors should taste pastel, an envelope of pastry that is stuffed with a variety of fillings and then deep fried.
Things to do in Sao Paulo
Visitors to Sao Paulo who like to admire architecture won’t have to look far to find something interesting to examine. Sao Paulo has a rich architectural tradition, and boasts many prominent buildings, including the neo-Gothic Metropolitan Cathedral; the curvy Edificio Copan, designed by Oscar Niemeyer; the 1929 skyscraper Edificio Martinelli; and the colonial-style Patio do Colegio church.
Other activities not to miss in Sao Paulo include a visit to Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, where you can learn about the nation’s history and check out art exhibitions, cultural festivities and other events; Beco do Batman (Batman Alley), where you can see street art; or Parque Ibirapuera, Sao Paulo’s largest green space. If you want to join in Brazil’s passion for soccer, then you should also head to the Museu do Futebol.
Best time to visit Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo has a mild climate and can be visited at any time of the year, however it is probably best in spring and autumn when the temperatures are warm but not too hot, and the city isn’t too crowded.
Expect to pay
The currency in Sao Paulo is the Brazilian real.
Expect to pay around AUD$2.12 on average for a regular coffee when you visit Sao Paulo.
Arriving in Sao Paulo by plane
There are multiple airlines operating flights from Australia to Sao Paulo. These include Etihad Airways, LATAM Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and South African Airways.
Australians visiting Sao Paulo are advised to obtain a visa before leaving for Brazil.
Transportation to city centre
A taxi into the CBD costs from $14 and above, depending on which airport you leave from. Driving time is a minimum of 20 minutes.
Where to stay in Sao Paulo
In Sao Paulo, you may want to stay in the Downtown area, the birthplace of the city and home to historic and cultural sites; in the West, a vibrant spot known for nightlife and gastronomy; the wealthy South Central region that is home to many shopping malls; the Southeast, where the Sao Paulo Zoo and other attractions are located; or the Northeast, the events centre of Sao Paulo.
Want to locate the most affordable accommodation in Sao Paulo for your stay? If so, you should book a hotel online.
Useful tips before you go
Keep in mind that Brazilians usually greet people with a hug or a kiss, and typically touch others (on the shoulder or hand, most often) when they’re speaking.
For more information and ideas about visiting Sao Paulo, visit the trusted source of travel tips, https://smartraveller.gov.au/.
Please note: all information is correct as of June 2016.
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