Sao Paulo Travel Guide & Information

Sao Paulo is the largest city in Brazil and the world's 7th largest metropolitan area. Recognized as the main financial hub in the country, Sao Paulo is also Brazil's most cosmopolitan city, with a top notch nightlife, restaurants, sightseeing opportunities, gardens, parks and an impressive cultural and arts scenes. Historically, Sao Paulo is as attractive to tourists as it is to Brazilians.

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Travel to Sao Paulo, a city centered around the Praca da Se, where you’ll find a stone mark symbolizing "point zero" of the city. Flights to Sao Paulo are an invitation to this grand, cosmopolitan city, replete with unique neighborhoods influenced by Italian, Japanese and Arabic food and culture. Sao Paulo is world renowned for its cuisine and rivals any major capital in the world.

Sao Paulo or Sampa, as it is often called, is a great city to explore. Filled with world class attractions and amazing restaurants with diverse regional and international cuisine, Sao Paulo has emerged into a modern day metropolis. Sao Paulo is a "Must Visit" destination for every traveler.

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Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums:

Founded in 1554 by the Jesuits, Sao Paulo is home to host of museums that highlight the city’s rich and diverse background.

Museu Paulista: The Museu Paulista of the University of Sao Paulo is a Brazilian history museum located near the spot where Emperor D. Pedro I proclaimed Brazilian independence on the banks of Ipiranga River. The museum contains a huge collection of furniture, documents and historically relevant artwork, especially chronicling the Brazilian Empire. The most famous work of art in the collection is the 1888 painting Independencia of Morte by Pedro Americo.

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Sao Paulo Museum of Art: Cis an art museum located on Paulista Avenue. The museum is internationally recognized for its collection of Western art and considered the finest in Latin America and throughout the Southern Hemisphere. Travelers will find a wide assortment of Brazilian art, prints and drawings, as well as smaller collections of African and Asian art, antiquities and decorative arts.

Museu de Zoologia:The Museum of Zoology houses one of the greatest collections of preserved animals in South America - that comprise the main zoological groups with 8,000,000 specimens. The animals shown in the museum are woven into the country's tropical fauna and were created 50 years ago. The animals are grouped together according to their classification: fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, as well as some invertebrates such as reefs, crustaceans and mollusks.

Prominent Attractions:

There are several others attraction that reflect the city’s glorious past.

Paulista Avenue:Paulista Avenue is one of the most important avenues in Sao Paulo. A large number of financial and cultural institutions can be found here, as well as an extensive shopping area and Latin America's most comprehensive fine-art museum, Sao Paulo Museum of Art. With shopping centers, eateries and cultural facilities, Avenida Paulista is an iconic landmark.

Praca da Se: The Praca da Se is considered the center of town. The square was the location of many historic events in Sao Paulo's history, most notably during the Diretas Ja movement.

Sao Paulo Cathedral: Sao Paulo Cathedral is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese. With a Renaissance-styled dome, the Sao Paulo Metropolitan Cathedral is considered, by some to be the 4th largest neo-gothic cathedral in the world. The Cathedral is the largest church in Sao Paulo.

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Where to Stay in Sao Paulo:

Visitors will have a wide choice of hotels while visiting Sao Paulo, from cheap hotels to 4-Star Hotels Under $99, hostels, quaint inns and more.

City Center : The Avenida Paulista marks the center of the city and home to the majority of luxury hotels in the most commercially important sector of the city. The area also offers budget hotels and hostels. Those looking to stay in some renowned hotel chains can choose to stay in this area. The area is home to several premier attractions, like San Paulo Museum of Art. You’ll find lots of coffee shops, internet facilities, restaurants, luncheonettes, shops and movie theaters.

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Liberdade :There is a wide choice of 2-star, 3-star and 4-star hotels throughout this area and you can find a hotel to suit almost every budget. Liberdade is home to the largest Japanese community outside of Japan, which has continued growing since the 1950s. Liberdade is home to The Historical Museum of Japanese Immigration and The Liberdade Fair.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

For US Citizens:

As per the latest travel information available to Sao Paulo, here are the following passport and visa guidelines to assist you further.

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* A passport and visa are required for U.S. citizens traveling to Brazil for any purpose.

* There are no "airport visas" and immigration authorities will refuse entry to Brazil to anyone not possessing a valid visa.

* All Brazilian visas, regardless of the length of validity, must initially be used within 90 days of the issuance date or will no longer be valid.

* Visit the web site of the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, D.C. for the most current visa information.

For Canadian Citizens:

* A valid Canadian passport is required for all Canadians, including children, intending to visit Brazil.

* It is recommended that your passport be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected departure from the country.

* In addition, all Canadians are required to have a valid visa prior to their arrival in Brazil, and the visa must be used within 90 days of issuance.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting Sao Paulo.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Sao Paulo

Being home to the majority of the country's fairs and congresses, Sao Paulo is an extremely busy destination all year round.

The best time to visit Sao Paulo is during the summer when the weather is pleasant and the city hosts several film and music festivals, as well as fashion & art exhibits. Budget travelers can choose to travel during the winter months, as there are cheaper airfares and hotel rates.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (December to March)

Low season: (June to September)

Sao Paulo Weather

Sao Paulo has a humid subtropical climate, warm and sunny.

* The weather remains mild to warm all year round, the lowest temperatures are during July and the hottest month is February.

* Rainfall is excessive during the summer months.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

ATMs are available throughout Sao Paulo. Before departure, contact your bank and let them know when you’ll be traveling, also find out what the fees are for withdraws.

Languages:

* Portuguese is the official language.