Planning a visit to Sao Paolo Brazil

Visiting Sao Paolo While In Brazil Is A Definitie Must!

Although the largest city in Brazil, Sao Paolo is often overlooked by tourists in favor of better known destinations such as Rio de Janeiro. However, Sao Paolo has plenty to attract visitors.

Sao Paulo Guarulhos airport is the main international arrival point in the city and there are direct flights from several US cities with TAM and Delta, among others. US citizens need a visa to visit Brazil, even as a tourist. You will need a passport with at least six months left to run on it, and complete a landing card before passing through customs. Regular shuttle buses run from the airport into the city centre.

Sao Paolo has a huge range of accommodation options to fit all budgets. Major international hotel brands are represented, and prices range from $30 per night in a budget room to $500 plus in one of the five star luxury hotels. It is wise to have at least the first couple of nights accommodation booked before leaving home. Once you are in the city then there is the opportunity to look around for other, better options.

Museum and art gallery lovers are spoiled for choice in Sao Paolo. The Sao Paolo Museum of Art (MASP) has one of the best collections of Impressionist paintings in South America including works by Monet, Manet, Van Gogh and Degas. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 6pm, and entry costs R$15 ($9 US) with discounts available for over 60s and students.

Ibirapuera Park in the centre of town is also well worth a visit. The park covers an area of 0.7 square miles and is similar in concept to New York’s Central Park, with areas for jogging, a lake, children’s playgrounds etc. The park is also home to an aviation museum and the Museum of Modern Art. The park provides a welcome space to relax and take time out from the bustle of the city.

Rua Oscar Freire is the place to head for some serious retail therapy in the city. There you’ll find all of the major international designer brands such as Armani and Diesel, alongside local designers. Eating out is generally good value, and you should expect to pay less than at a comparable restaurant in North America. 10% service charge is added to the bill and you are not expected to tip any extra.

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