Fly To Sao Paulo, Brazil
São Paulo is such a rewarding destination and has so much to offer. This city is filled with so much charisma that most travellers visiting never want to leave. For those who are young at heart and looking to have an action packed holiday, this fast-paced city with its high rise buildings and exciting night life will leave you wanting more.
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Why visit Sao Paulo?
- This city is filled with vibrant people, a rich culture, and electrifying atmospheres!
- São Paulo is renowned for having one of the best night life’s!
- São Paulo is a city that is built on diversity, making it one of the most unique places to visit in Brazil!
Summer, GMT: -2:00 (daylight savings time, four hours behind South Africa).
The official language that is spoken in São Paulo is Portuguese. Sãu Paulo is a very diverse city thus there are many languages used by locals throughout this city; they include Japanese, English, and French.
The weather is warm all year-round, so any time of the year would be the perfect time to visit São Paulo. The most popular time among tourists to visit would be anywhere between June through mid-December, the tem-peratures during these months are much cooler (22 to 26 degrees Celsius) and this is also the time of year when many of São Paulo's biggest events take place.
From Mid-December through till February are the least popular months to visit this city, as many locals leave for summer vacation and the rainfall tends to be much heavier than normal.
If you looking to save a bit of money when you on holiday in São Paulo, then the best time for you to plan your visit would be between January and mid-February. This is generally low season so you will find are many discounts and bargains. We also find most goods are not over-priced or inflated during this period when com-pared to peak tourist season.
- Brazil is the largest producer of coffee in the world.
- There are more people of Japanese descent living in São Paulo than any other non-Japanese city in the world!
- São Paulo has the largest economy GDP of any city located in the Southern Hemisphere.
Seated on the Piratininga plateau surrounded by rivers, lives a place famously known as Sau Paulo- which is home to so many famous and beautiful points of interest. This city has an unbelievably lively and electrifying atmosphere that is incomparable to any other city around the globe. There is a richness found on the streets of São Paulo that can only be described as breathe-taking.
Sao Paulo is huge, and it’s important to find a central spot from which to orientate yourself, and explore the city. Avenida Paulista is a great option – it’s located between the old and new parts of the city and is rich in cultural attractions, including galleries, theatres, pubs, coffee shops, gourmet restaurants and boutiques. It’s also conveniently central, and it’s easy to reach almost anywhere in town from there.
When in Sao Paulo there are a few things you simply have to do. Visiting the museums, galleries and cultural centres, watching a football game and seeing a theatre production are definitely on that list. Simply wander-ing around the city is also a must, and a guided foot tour is a great experience
Places like the Sao Paulo Cathedral, Theatro Municipal de Sao Paulo, are all must-sees when visiting, but nes-tled away amongst all its vibrancy are some of the best museums in Brazil has to offer. The list of hidden gems include spots such as:
- Museu do Futebol,
- Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo,
- Museu da Lingua Portuguesa and
- Pinacoteca do Estado.
With festivals running throughout the year, there isalsways something to keep you busy in this vibrant city. Deciding on itenary items can become quite overwhelming when trying to decide on things to do, but be as-sured no matter what you decide on you are guaranteed a good time.
For shopping, try Rua 25 de Marco. It’s crowded and crazy, but packed with bargains, and loved by locals and tourists alike. Pick up some local jewellery, woven baskets or Brazilian flip-flops as sou-venirs.
Concrete isn’t the only jungle in Sao Paulo – the Atlantic Rainforest still covers large portions of the city and surrounding municipality. To protect these green pockets, a lot of them have been turned into public parks, and you’ll certainly want to pay them a visit while you’re in town.
Getting around Sao Paulo:
Public transport in Sao Paulo doesn’t have the greatest reputation, and can be complicated and time consuming to navigate. The subway is a tourist’s best bet, with above-ground trains and trolleybuses as a fall-back option. Taxis can be good for short distances. Be aware that public transport is often very crowded, and delays are common.
Sao Paulo is known for having the best coffee in the world, their blends are described as rich and flavourful. Another destination that offers such a wide variety of the best coffee is yet to be discovered. So, if a coffee boost is what you are after, then head down to the best coffee houses in Sau Paulo, we recommend:
- Best Coffee,
- Coffee Lab,
- Sofiá Café, and
- Beluga Café.
Brazilians are known for their love of food, and the best cuisines are easily accessible in the many restaurants lined up in the streets of Sao Paulo. Mani, D.O.M, Kinoshita, Varanda Grill, Sushi Lika, A Figueira Rubaiyat are all known for having the best service and food; these are just a few of the many places that you need to visit to experience Brazilian dining at its best.
There are some areas around Sao Paulo that can be a bit dangerous and some places that are very pleasant to visit. You should always be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times, there will be the odd occasion where petty crime could occur especially if you are recognised as a tourist. Thus we recommend not to overdress when going out as this would make you an easy target.
Visitors are advised to never carry large amounts of money on them while exploring this city and they should also refrain from walking alone in the streets at night. As with any city, pick-pockets’ usually target tourists in Sao Paulo, we therefore recommend you always take precaution and carry your belongings closely when ex-ploring this beautiful city.
Sao Paulo is known for having a very diverse group of cultures and religions. Religion has been acknowledged as a very important part of this nation’s identity. The most followed religion in Sao Paulo is Roman Catholic and there are more Catholics in Brazil than in any other country in the world.
Brazilians are very friendly and welcoming people, they are not very conservative or reserved but they do con-sider religion to be an important part of their life. Tourists should be aware that religion is a very sensitive topic in Brazil. Religion is a topic that should discussed with precaution taking care not offend anyone. Reli-gious jokes are also not advised.
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||R 90||R 100||R 103|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||R 22||R 20||R 25|
|Cappuccino (regular)||R 19||R 20||R 23|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||R 10||R 12||R 11|
|Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)||R 35||R 35||R 29|
South African's do need a visa in order to enter Brazil. You can contact the embassy of Brazil (Telephone: +27 12 366 52 00) for more information, in addition to visa applications.
The High Commission of South Africa
The South African embassy in Sao Paulo can be contacted via the following channels:
São Paulo International Airport (Code: GRU) is the main international airport that is serving São Paulo, Brazil. In 2012, this was one of Latin Americas most busiest airports with regards to passenger traffic.
Food and beverages: There are many restaurants that are located within the airport to choose from the main restaurants include places like 365 Deli, Bacio Di Latte, Baked Potato, Bob's, Brunella, Carl's Jr, Cheese Bread House and so much more.
Exchange currency: There are exchange offices that are located within the airport, they include The Brazil's exchange bank exchange, Banco Santander, Exchange Bradesco exchange, Exchange Confidence, Exchange exchange quotation, and Home Safra exchange.
Lost luggage: If you lost any item of luggage you should contact your handling airline or go to the information desk that is located in the airport for more assistance.
Airport hotel: The hotels that are located near the airport include Sables hotel, Sãu Paulo Airport Marriott ho-tel, Hotel Pullman Sao Paulo International Airport, and Hotel Panamby.
Car hire: The main car hire dealerships that are located within the airport include Avis, Budget, Hertz, Interlo-cadora, Located, Lease Alpha, Moved, and United.
Airport hub: São Paulo International Airport (Code: GRU) is a hub for Avianca Brazil and TAM Airlines.
Sao Paulo is one of the largest metropolises in the world, and is the cultural capital of Brazil. The city itself houses around 11 million people; a number that rises to 20 million if you include the greater metropolitan region.
If you’re thinking it must be crowded, you’re right –its streets are a constant hive of activity, filled with people of nationalities as diverse as their income brackets. This diversity and constant energy is what gives Sao Paulo its unique atmosphere, and makes it such an intense cultural experience. Sensory overload is a distinct possibility, especially when you include the world-famous restaurants, pulsing nightlife, museums, experimental theatre, music, and dance on offer.
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