About São Paulo

Sao Paulo isn’t only Brazil’s largest city and the capital of the state, Sao Paulo is a major metropolis in Brazil. A huge crowd of travellers across the globe come here to get an authentic and memorable experience of Brazilian ambience, culture, tradition and cultural value. It is one of the richest cities in the southern hemisphere with a myriad of activities, a jovial nightlife and world-class restaurants serving exquisite native and international cuisine. Like the whole of Brazil, the city too breathes and live for football, it takes pride in housing Corinthians, Palmeiras, São Paulo and Santos, the four powerhouses in Brazilian football, who gave birth to a series of International superstars. Besides the amazing food and restaurants, Sao Paulo welcomes you with the world-class museums and art galleries, vibrant and cordial neighbourhood and great shopping opportunity.

Public Transport System

Bus, Train and Metro, Bicycle, Taxi and Ride-share.

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Cleanliness: Moderate to high. Efficiency: Moderate to low.

Mode & Cost of Transports

Train and Metro: Base tariff 4R$ for a single ride. 

Bus: Base tariff is 5 R$ for a single ride.

Taxi: Taxi start price is 5 R$, after that, per km is 3 R$.

Bike: 8 R$ for a 60-minute ride rental in solar bikes.

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle USD 0.90
Cup of Coffee USD 1.08
Milk Carton Pack USD 0.72
Rice/Kg USD 0.72
White Bread USD 1.08
Eggs (12) USD 1.27
Combo Meal USD 4.52
Fine Dining USD 45.20
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi USD 0.90
Domestic Beer USD 1.45
Imported Beer USD 2.71
Bottle of Wine USD 5.42
Cigarettes (20 Pack) USD 1.63
Taxi ( 1 km ) USD 0.54
Ticket in local transport (Single way). USD 0.72
Rent ( One Bed Room) USD 330.84

Do’s:

  • Try the magnificent Brazilian cuisine which is actually a treat!
  • Ask any known/friendly person or hotel employees before venturing in some place about which there is not much info on the internet.
  • Check if there is any disease outbreak as the city is in a tropical country, and the diseases can be lethal to the outsiders.
  • Use the subway if you want to get fast across the city.
  • Be polite with people around you, maintain eye contact and shake hands in social events, as it is the custom in here.
  • Last but not least, watch a live match in one of the big four clubs’ stadium to feel the football vibe and craze that runs in this city.

 

Don’ts:

  • Walk in the sketchy neighbourhoods or go by foot without any guide.
  • Walk around with valuables, as this may attract miscreants.
  • Wander into favelas as this might be dangerous and illegal.
  • Leave your bag on the floor, so that someone may pick it up and run away, or tropical crawling insects can get into the bag.
  • Rely on weather forecasts because, in a tropical country, forecast holds little value often.

 

Night Life

São Paulo is a highly crowded metropolis with social and extrovert people who love to party wild. The nightlife scene is considered to be one of the most vibrant and diverse on the continent fitting for all types of budget. The top-ranking ‘baladas’ or clubs in uptown are a bit expensive, they provide champagne and premium spirits to the customers. The Jardins, Vila Olímpia locality houses these clubs, which are equipped with national and international DJs and techno music. The villa Madalena area clubs are more bohemian in theme with crowded botecos or local bars, and small live music venues that specialise in Samba tunes and unique decor. Downtown or Centro region has a bunch of live music venue and few nightclubs which organise pop-up parties and roaming party nights. One of the unique nightclubs is Panam club, with its location on the twenty-second floor of the building along with a great view of the city and an airport ambience with speakers that reproduce the noise of aeroplane turbines. It also has a helipad that is used as a smoking zone.

 

Must See

 

 

  • Visit the football stadiums and experience a nail-biting city derby between the power-house football clubs of the city.
  • Go and see the Sao Paulo Cathedral, a huge neo-Byzantine structure with beautiful mosaic and stained-glass interior.
  • Watch the sunset at Sunset Square over Vila Madalena, one of the city's most bohemian neighbourhood across the metropolis.
  • Spend an hour in Butantã Snake Institute, a snake farm with a huge collection of venomous varieties.
  • Go and see La Madone de São Paulo, a giant mural of Santa Muerte in downtown São Paulo.

 

Experiences

 

 

  • Visit and take photos in Beco do Batman or Batman Avenue, São Paulo's haven for graffiti artists in an urban alley, where a single Batman graffiti started the trend. If you are skilled enough, you can leave your mark here too.
  • Join an authentic Brazilian cooking class along with a municipal market tour to pick up fresh ingredients.
  • If you are interested in biodiversity and animal behaviour, you may opt for the guided night-time visit in São Paulo Zoo to see the nocturnal animals like bats, owls and possums in action.
  • Book a helicopter and go for a ride to see the city from a bird's- eye view if the weather condition permits.

 

Activities

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-The classic Brazilian National team jersey and other football memorabilia from the Football Museum.

-The Brazilian Wine, a lesser known, but one of the best in Southern Hemisphere, from the specialist stores and bars.

-Bikinis and other swim-wears.

-Havaianas: The world-famous brand of Flip-flops.

-Cachaça; Brazil’s national spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice.

Official Language

Portuguese

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Currency

Brazilian Real (BRL)

Population

21 (Millions)

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Weather

Overcast Clouds 28.44°C

TimeZone

12:47 PM (GMT -03:00)

 

Ambulance

193

 

Police

190

 

Electric socket

Type N
Type N ( 230 V 50 Hz)

Airport Name / IATA Code

São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport - GRU

Airport Name / IATA Code

CGH - São Paulo–Congonhas Airport

Best time to visit

March, April, May, October and November. The Fall and spring seasons are the perfect time to visit the city. The weather stays sunny and the temperature stays at a comfortable level.

Moderate time to visit

June, July, August and September. It is the winter season in here. Though it rarely touches the freezing point, the weather can be quite chilly. If the sun comes out, it is a good time to explore the place.

Worst time to visit

December, January and February. As the city is in the southern hemisphere, it is summertime during this time here. The season is hot and humid, with the temperature rising up to 30-degree Celsius. Frequent afternoon showers cause problem with tour plans and the gloomy weather does not help to raise the spirits.

Taxi

Start Tariff: BRL 4.50

1 Km. Tariff: BRL 2.75

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: BRL 33.00

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