Sao Paulo (Brazil) is an amazing city in all aspects, but diversity stands out. A mixture of styles and cultures, Brazil’s largest city is also a great entertainment hub and, therefore, an amazing destination for a company trip: there are countless movie theaters, theaters, museums, historic buildings, parks, art galleries, convention centers and a permanent calendar with all kinds of cultural manifestations that one can think of. Regardless of your travelling style, Sao Paulo’s versatility makes it a destination with lots to offer: knowledge, trends, memories, colors, flavors and most importantly, unforgettable experiences for a company trip!
Like Brazil, the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil is deeply marked by ethnical mixture and those different origins added heritages to the sociocultural identity of the people from Sao Paulo. It is estimated that over 70 countries have left their mark on architecture, cuisine, sports and many other aspects of the city.
The numbers that accompany Sao Paulo, Brazil also reflect the immensity of the city. Can you imagine a place where almost 12 million inhabitants must choose a favorite dish from more than 15,000 restaurants and 4,500 pizza places? What about choosing between 20 thousand bars to have a beer? It is also almost impossible to believe that someone is able to go to all the exhibitions, plays and shows, especially when you think that there are more than 600 spaces dedicated to culture in this city. Not to mention the 240 thousand stores that make 14 million visitors spend million dollars every year in the city.
Due to its grandeur, it is a huge task to delimit a single itinerary of must-see attractions in Sao Paulo. Effervescent metropolis, alive and given to many metamorphosis, Sao Paulo has always something new to discover. As much as you try to fulfill all the goals in one visit, on your next stay the exhibitions will have already changed, new restaurants will be there and the hottest party will surely be hosted at another place. Most likely you will have the feeling of finding an absolutely different city each time. Sao Paulo is an infinite place, one of those destinations to go for the rest of your life, always looking for new worlds to discover. GT DMC listed some key aspects of this city so you can start planning a company trip for your employees right now!
How many days should I stay in Sao Paulo, Brazil?
Sao Paulo, Brazil is not a city to visit just once. For a first trip, it is recommended to stay at least four full days there. If your schedule allows, stay six full days and make sure you don’t leave feeling like you’re short on time.
If you can be even more flexible, stay from Tuesday to Sunday, which is when you can enjoy the attractions during the week, weekend, and avoid Monday, which is when many places are closed.
Weather / best time to visit São Paulo, Brazil
Although going to Sao Paulo doesn’t take much organization, some factors can help, or hinder, your trip. The main one is the weather. Sao Paulo has seasons with well-defined characteristics, which helps when choosing the climate and weather that suits you best. The city is located in a humid subtropical climate zone, with characteristics that define a cold and dry winter, while the summer is very hot and humid, with a huge incidence of rain.
According to the criteria of climatic conditions, the best times to visit Sao Paulo are autumn and spring, when temperatures are milder (not too cold, not too hot) and the rains also have an average incidence. So, if you want to enjoy a pleasant climate, choose to travel between the months of April and May or September and October.
Sao Paulo airports
Sao Paulo is one of the cities with the highest traffic of commercial aircraft in Brazil and Latin America. The state has an extensive airport infrastructure, with terminals serving domestic and international routes.
The main airports within the state of Sao Paulo are:
Located 8 km from the city center of Sao Paulo, Congonhas has capacity and facilities that guarantee the comfort of passengers. The fourth busiest airport in the country also features post offices, banks, food courts and currency exchange bureaus.
Better known as Guarulhos International Airport, Cumbica is located 30 km from the city of Sao Paulo. The place is open 24 hours a day, with 40 national and international airlines operating in more than 20 different countries.
Located in the neighbor city of Campinas, Viracopos Airport is responsible for handling commercial cargo in the country. It is located 99 km from downtown Sao Paulo, a two-and-a-half-hour journey that starts at Rodovia dos Bandeirantes and ends at Rodovia Anhanguera.
Sao Paulo, Brazil – subway system
Even when your planning can allow Uber trips, in Sao Paulo this kind of ride often doesn’t worth. In the city that has traffic jams until dawn, the best way to get around is almost always underground. The subway ticket costs 4.40BRL today (2022’s first semester). To avoid possible queues, buy several at once. Or buy the Bilhete Único, the card that gives access to all public transportation routes in Sao Paulo, including discounts for those traveling by bus. Once ready, hop on the subway and quickly reach the main tourist attractions in Sao Paulo. There is a subway station close to key attractions like MASP, Pinacoteca, CCBB, Rua 25 de Março, Oscar Freire and Theatro Municipal, among others.
Places that you cannot miss
Parque Ibirapuera [Ibirapuera Park]
Built in 1954, Parque Ibirapuera is an urban park located in the Moema neighborhood, south of Sao Paulo. The tourist spot receives approximately 14 million visitors per year, who go in search of beautiful gardens, contemporary museums and historical settings designed by renowned artists such as Roberto Burle Marx and Oscar Niemeyer. Ibirapuera Park is open from 5am to midnight and has free admission.
Avenida Paulista [Paulista Avenue]
One of the most famous tourist spots in Brazil, Avenida Paulista is home to corporate buildings, museums, shopping malls and a diversity that perfectly reflects the essence of Sao Paulo. The place never sleeps and, on Sundays, the traffic is interrupted so the road can be exclusively available for leisure. The bike path that crosses the city is expanded on the avenue on weekends, attracting many group rides.
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
The Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo is one of the most important art museums in Brazil. This is because it focuses on Brazilian artistic production from the 19th century to the present. In addition to the wide collection of visual arts distributed on the three floors of the building, the Pinacoteca also has a beautiful architecture designed by the architect Ramos de Azevedo. The gardens and cafe are delightful spots for a chill afternoon.
Rua Augusta [Augusta Street]
Augusta is an important street in Sao Paulo, which connects Jardins neighborhood to the city centre. The main differential of this vibrant tourist spot in SP is its huge participation in the city’s nightlife. The place is taken over by bars, concert halls, nightclubs and theaters, as well as shops and restaurants. Rua Augusta forms a corner with Avenida Paulista and Praça Roosevelt, two multicultural spaces that color the diversity of Sao Paulo.
Allianz Parque Stadium
Allianz Parque is a grandiose football stadium built in accord to FIFA standards, being one of the biggest multipurpose arenas in the world. The space is capable of offering a great experience at concerts, corporate events and, of course, soccer matches. In addition, the place also has restaurants and a themed memorial with the trophies of Palmeiras, the soccer club that hosts the place.
Mercado Municipal [Municipal Market]
The Municipal Market is one of the most iconic sights in the city of Sao Paulo, and that’s due to its excellent cuisine and for mixing the colors and aromas that are part of Sao Paulo’s DNA. Another highlight that draws attention in the place is its architecture full of details, such as Greek-style columns and mosaic windows. Be sure to try the iconic bologna sandwich and have a good craft beer in one of the many bars/restaurants located on the second floor.
Nightlife in Sao Paulo
Due to its grandeur and diversity, Sao Paulo does not disappoint when it comes to a nightlife full of energy and fun. There are options for all styles and preferences, whether for those who like something quieter, like a good restaurant, or for those who prefer clubbing and loud music all night long. There are neighborhoods that offer this and much more! Vila Madalena, for example, has streets full of bars and pubs, where you can taste delicious portions and taste a fancy and delicious drink (caipirinhas, for sure!) In Pinheiros neighbourhood, the nightlife is no different – there are places with live music and themed decor that mixes a bar, restaurant and even a studio.
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