Attractions, tourism, art and culture, food and dining, sightseeing, sports, tours, history and geography of São Paulo, Brazil.
The city is South America's largest, Brazil's center of trade and industry. Paulistanos work hard and play hard. Here are some of the things you'll enjoy when you visit São Paulo.
Home to more than 17 million people, Sao Paulo is the largest city in South America and Brazil's bustling economic and financial center. Waves of immigration brought a mix of cultures and cuisines reflected in the restaurants, many theatres, opera and dance companies. Nightlife is all night. The city hosts trade shows, congress and symposiums with ease.
Ilhabela, in the state of Sao Paulo, on Brazil's largest maritime island, is a rain forest ecological reserve, with miles of pristine beaches, spectacular waterfalls and mountain views, and is popular for both land and sea sports and recreation.
Click on a thumbnail for larger photos. "Embu is an old colonial town founded in the 1600's. The city centre has become known as "Embu da Artes" because many of the shops belong to resident artists and on the weekends, the streets become filled with local Brazilian artists displaying their work."
"In Embu, 27km/17mi from São Paulo on the Régis Bittencourt expressway, the town's fine old colonial buildings harmonize with the works of contemporary artists which have earned the little town the style of a terra das artes, a land of the arts."
Photo of the colonial era church.
Photo of a typical street in hilly Santana de Parnaiba.
"A few kilometers south-east of Pirapora is Santana de Parnaíba, an important religious center with historic old buildings. On Praça da Matriz are the church of Nossa Senhora de Sant'Ana (c. 1580) and the house of the bandeirante Bartolomeu Bueno (1600), which in the 18th century was the Câmara Municipal (Town Hall) and is now occupied by the Museu Pedagógico Anhanguera."
Overview of the city, attractions, nighlife, culture, business, cuisine and useful facts.
Map of the central area, showing nearby districts or neighborhoods, landmarks and attractions.
Photos of the city's attractions and landmarks, buildings, landscapes, flora and fauna, sports, people and more images of Sao Paulo.
"São Paulo was founded by the Jesuits in 1554, on a plateau 2,493 feet (760 meters) above sea level, but only 45 miles (72 km) from the coast, as a mission center ( Patio do Colegio - as the area today is called) for early settlers and the indians who inhabited the area."
Photos and description of some of the city's attractions and landmarks.
"Situated 760 metres above sea level, the city of São Paulo, in the state of the same name, occupies an area of approximately 1500 square kilometres, of which almost two-thirds is urbanised and the rest rural. These two areas together are known as Grande São Paulo (Greater São Paulo) and, with more than 15 million people, have the largest population of any city in South America."
Historical events, from the beginning of the 16th century to the 1870s, that shaped the city's development and importance.
Demographics, maps, facts and links of interest