São Paulo – Daytours4u http://www.daytours4u.com/en Tours, activities and travel tips in South America Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:45:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.8 96832869 Why São Paulo is the Best Urban Destination in South America http://www.daytours4u.com/en/saopaulo4u/why-sao-paulo-best-urban-destination-south-america/ Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:00:15 +0000 http://daytours4u.com/en/?p=9160 Architectural wonders, fine cuisine, and urban art aplenty – read this travel guide to find out why São Paulo is the best urban destination in South America.

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For many people, when it comes to planning their South American travel itinerary, the mega metropolis of São Paulo is often overlooked. The problem with Brazil’s largest city is not that it suffers from any particular bad reputation; rather it has become renowned for lacking alluring tourist attractions. Those that do schedule some time for São Paulo, will, however, find it an extremely rewarding destination, home to a charming cosmopolitan vibrancy with a dizzying nightlife scene and an enviable cultural landscape. Here’s a guide to what you can do.

são paulo best urban destination south americaA view of São Paulo city under the cover of darkness / Image Source

ADMIRE THE CITY’S ARCHITECTURAL WONDERS

São Paulo is adorned with monuments, remarkable facades, timeworn theatres, and an array of stunning museums, each of them displaying unique shapes and styles that together conspire to lend the city an impressive architectural and cultural heritage. Wander through this gargantuan city and you will see the structures and imaginings of many of the world’s greatest urban designers – much of famed Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer’s finest work can be seen in Ibirapuera Park, while the SESC Pampéia sports tower made the Guardian newspaper’s top ten best concrete structures in the world. To admire the architectural jewels of São Paulo in the company of an expert local guide, reserve a place on the saopaulo4u Architecture Tour.

5391718290_78f102bbec_bSESC Pompéia was in The Guardian’s list of 10 best concrete buildings in the world / Image Source

SAMPLE THE VARYING FLAVOURS OF DELICIOUS PIZZA

It is today no longer a novelty to say that one of the main gastronomic trademarks of São Paulo is the original flavours of pizza. This cultural quirk can be attributed to the efforts of dozens of Italian migrants, who together brought their traditional customs and adapted to the tastes of local ingredients, producing an exquisite mix of unique and incomparable flavours. The city is home to a large number of pizzerias – around 6,000 in total – and they offer an extraordinary array of toppings that include ham and chicken, zucchini, chocolate, and eggplant with ricotta cheese.

18065398768_4dc9478d31_kBraz Pizzeria is one of the most traditional pizza restaurants in the city / Image Source

BROWSE THE OPEN AIR GALLERY OF URBAN ART

São Paulo is considered one of the best destinations in the world for those with an interest in urban art and graffiti. The origin of this cultural expression dates back to the demonstrations against the dictatorship (1964 – 1985) and was inspired by the United States art scene of the 1970’s; this was a time of significant artistic development in São Paulo. Today, many internationally recognised Brazilian artists have work on the walls of buildings and mansions across the city, attracting hundreds of visitors to seemingly random streets. The Open Museum of Urban Art, Beco do Batman (Batman’s Alley), and the neighbourhoods of Augusta, Consolação and Liberdade are just a selection of the best places to enjoy the spectacular street art. Take a saopaulo4u Graffiti Tour to see the highlights.

6920408599_6eb16fdbfa_bBeco do Batman (Batman’s Alley) is a must see for graffiti lovers / Image Source

SHOP AT THE STORES THAT SET THE TRENDS

It is no surprise that São Paulo is the number one destination in Brazil when it comes to shopping. It can be arduous to scour the shops here, however, simply because the city is so big and the choices are endless. With a seemingly countless number of street bazaars, international brand outlets, and luxury malls, São Paulo is a real paradise for those who love to make a day of dipping in and out of shops and markets. If you are addicted to luxury, head to Rua Oscar Freire or Ciudade Shopping Jardim; those looking for something more affordable should wander down the streets of João Cachoeira and Bem -te -vi são; or alternatively, providing you can handle large crowds, take a stroll down Rua 25 de Março to browse some of the cheapest products on the market – a perfect place to buy souvenirs and gifts. Book a bespoke saopaulo4u shopping tour to find the best deals.

oscar_freire5Oscar Freire Street is a key attraction and shopping paradise / Image Source

São Paulo is at once a lively, dynamic, eclectic place. Explore the city’s streets, sample the local cuisine, gaze at the architectural ingenuity, visit the world-renowned museums and discover exactly why São Paulo is the best urban destination in South America. Book your tours and travel activities in this wonderful city right here.

By Luiza Cavalcante,  professional in Visual Arts and Image Technologies. Portuguese travel writer, passionate photographer and traveller / Translated by Simon Hall.

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Planning Your Trip to São Paulo http://www.daytours4u.com/en/saopaulo4u/planning-your-trip-to-sao-paulo/ Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:00:24 +0000 http://daytours4u.com/en/?p=9345 São Paulo is enormous: an intimidating giant. From above, it is a seemingly endless urban jungle; a blanket of concrete punctuated by the occasional pocket of green. Down in the thick of it, however, visitors will find a megalopolis that is at once vibrant, cosmopolitan, and incessantly energetic. The city’s collection of unique attractions makes [...]

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São Paulo is enormous: an intimidating giant. From above, it is a seemingly endless urban jungle; a blanket of concrete punctuated by the occasional pocket of green. Down in the thick of it, however, visitors will find a megalopolis that is at once vibrant, cosmopolitan, and incessantly energetic. The city’s collection of unique attractions makes travelling to São Paulo, either for a short getaway or extended visit, very tempting. Indeed, an exquisite array of architectural wonders, cutting-edge museums, and some of the best gastronomic experiences on the continent are all waiting to be discovered. Read this essential guide on how to plan your trip and make the most of your stay.

Planning your trip to sao pauloThe cityscapes of São Paulo are quite spectacular / Image Source

SUITCASE DECISIONS

A question that always arises before travelling – what kind of clothes do I need to bring? São Paulo has a defined climate in relation to summer and winter, but conditions can vary quite considerably from morning to evening on any given day. Come prepared for every eventuality; the average temperature hovers around 19°C throughout the year, and climbs to 22.4°C during the hottest month of February.

WHEN TO GO

Before deciding when to travel to São Paulo, be sure to check the specific cultural and gastronomic programs that take place across the city almost every month. In addition to an impressive schedule of music concerts and festivals, the city also hosts a number of themed events with fabulous discounts: Restaurant Week, Fashion Week, Spa Week, Cocktail Week – São Paulo has a celebration for pretty much everything.

av paulistaAvenida Paulista is a shopper’s paradise, one of the most exclusive spots in the city / Image Source

WHERE TO STAY

In a city of this size, location is very important. Lying west of the central areas, the bohemian neighbourhood of Vila Madalena offers boutique designer outlets, independent art galleries, and a wonderful assortment of bars and restaurants. For something in the heart of the city, the modern sweep of Avenida Paulista is also a great option, bringing untold cultural delights and round-the-clock entertainment. Elsewhere, the upmarket Itaim Bibi district is a very popular haunt for younger travellers, and the equally fashionable Moema is close to Ibirapuera Park and all the spectacular sights that come with it. Wherever you stay though, make sure you have easy and convenient access to the public metro system: São Paulo is gridlocked from dawn till dusk and you don’t want to be a part of it.

Planning your trip to sao pauloIbirapuera Park is a beautiful urban park, home to many cultural attractions / Image Source

The Iconic Avenida Paulista

Avenida Paulista is somewhat of a symbol of São Paulo. Served by the both the blue and yellow lines of the metro, this dynamic thoroughfare is home to iconic attractions aplenty and runs like a fissure through the city’s central zones. Here’s what you can find nearby:

Consolação – small yet multifaceted, this modest area boasts a large number of bohemian bars, authentic restaurants, and dizzying nightclubs, making it a very popular stopover for both tourists and locals alike.

Jardins – the upscale restaurants and verdant, tree-lined streets make for a refreshing break from São Paulo’s unrelenting asphalt labyrinth. The city’s most chic and stylish streets – Alameda Lorena and Rua Oscar Freire – can be found in this neighbourhood.

Bela Vista – home to elegant eateries, trendy cafés, and a number of contemporary shopping malls, laid-back Bela Vista has much going on. Look on Alameda Ribeirao Preto for some of the best Italian cantinas in the city.

Paraíso – situated between Paulista and Ibirapuera Park, this area is a great base from which to explore. Pavilhão da Bienal (Biennial Pavilion), Museu de Arte Contemporânea, and Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo are all within walking distance.

Planning your trip to sao pauloMuseu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) is one of the best museums on the continent / Image Source

SᾹO PAULO’S MUST-DOS

Stroll along Avenida Paulista and visit the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) to check out their enviable collection of visual art. When you’re done, make your way to Vila Madalena to explore quaint urban art galleries and marvel at the extraordinary graffiti.

Rent a bike and cruise around the green oasis of Ibirapuera Park before heading north to Rua Oscar Freire to dip in and out of the trendiest clothing stores in the city.

Take a walk through the bustling historical centre to appreciate the city’s innovative architecture, and stop at Mercadão to sample some exquisite local food delicacies.

For trips within a trip, São Paulo has plenty of options – uncover the stunning beaches of Santos and Guarujá on the Costa Verde, amble around the Open Arts Fair in hipster suburb Embu das Artes, or travel to Tozan Farm and learn about the history of Brazil’s rich coffee making industry.

For panoramic views of the city, Banespa Tower is the place to go. Two elevator rides and a spiral staircase stand between you and vistas that will take your breath away.

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By following these simple tips on how to plan your trip to São Paulo, you can see the very best of what the city has to offer. Book your tours and travel activities in advance with Sãopaulo4u.

By Luiza Cavalcante,  professional in Visual Arts and Image Technologies. Portuguese travel writer, passionate photographer and traveller / Translated by Simon Hall.

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