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3 Days in São Paulo

By Viator, September 2014

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Day 1: Bright Lights, Big City

Get to know one of the world’s largest cities by heading directly into its heart with a tour of neo-Gothic Sé Cathedral and a few hours of free culture at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil. When you get hungry, visit the bustling Mercado Municipal for a giant, world-famous mortadella sandwich, followed by an afternoon of art at the gloriously restored Pinacoteca do Estado, or immerse yourself in the beautiful sounds of Brazil’s mother tongue at the Museu da Língua Portuguesa.
Architecture aficionados and urban aesthetes can get their fill atop the Art Deco-inspired Banespa tower, with 360-degree panoramas of the megalopolis in the daytime, or spectacular nighttime views from the 41st-floor restaurant and bar in the EdifícioItália. Wrap up the first night with al fresco dining and a stroll along Avenida Paulista or in one of the many funky nightspots along Rua Augusta.

Day 2: Go Parking

Start the day up on Avenida Paulista, where you can choose between indoor art action at the São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) or explore the small patch of tropical forest just across the street, Trianon Park.
Smack in the middle of town, São Paulo’s vast Ibirapuera Park offers visitors hiking and biking trails to keep body together along with a clutch of artfully-designed museums to take care of the mind. The absorbing Museu Afro Brasil and the engaging Museum of Modern Art (MAM) are two of the park’s must-sees. Afterwards, take a cab over to Vila Madalena and explore the graffitied alleyways of the Beco do Batman (Batman’s Cave) and on weekends, enjoy the sights and sounds of the popular flea markets at Praça Benedito Calixto in Pinheiros or in Liberdade, São Paulo’s Japantown. You can end the night with samba at one of the boisterous botecos (gastropubs) in Vila Madalena or go full-on kitsch with karaoke in Liberdade.

Day 3: Day Trips

If you start to come down with city-fatigue, skip town to either the Litoral Paulista—the breathtaking stretch of Atlantic coastal beaches, including Guarujá and Ilhabela, only a couple hours’ drive southeast—or to Embu das Artes, a bohemian artist enclave just a few miles to the west.

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Private Tour: São Paulo City Sightseeing

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

If you want to see São Paulo’s top attractions and you’ve only got a few hours to spare, you’ll cover a lot of ground with this private city tour by ...  Read more

Location: Sao Paulo , Brazil
Duration: 3-5

From USD $85.99

Private Tour: São Paulo Nightlife

Experience the exciting nightlife of São Paulo with an expert local guide who will reveal the best venues! Sip a cocktail in the stylish Skye Bar or throw ...  Read more

Location: Sao Paulo , Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $116.99

Private Tour: Coffee and Beaches Day Trip from São Paulo

Take a São Paulo day trip to the city of Santos, famous for its coffee exports, and hang out at several island beaches in nearby Guarujá. With ...  Read more

Location: Sao Paulo , Brazil
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $166.99

Private Tour: Atlantic Forest Hiking Tour from São Paulo

Venture into Brazil’s Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Forest) on a half-day eco-tour from São Paulo. Traveling to Cantareira State Park by private vehicle, ...  Read more

Location: Sao Paulo , Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $116.99

Private Tour: São Paulo Graffiti Art

See the best of São Paulo’s graffiti art on a three-hour private tour of the city. Discover São Paulo’s downtown as well as the ‘bairros’ ...  Read more

Location: Sao Paulo , Brazil
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $104.99

Private Tour: São Paulo Food and Markets

Experience the culinary culture of Brazil as you explore some of São Paulo’s greatest food markets on a three-hour private tour with an informative guide. ...  Read more

Location: Sao Paulo , Brazil
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $104.99

Private Tour: São Paulo Favela Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Visit Paraisópolis, a central São Paulo slum (called a ‘favela’ in Brazil), on a three-hour cultural tour of one of the city’s most fascinating ...  Read more

Location: Sao Paulo , Brazil
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $104.99

Private Tour: Architecture of São Paulo

If you’ve got a fondness for architectural design, then this private architecture tour of São Paulo is for you! This eclectic city features a range of ...  Read more

Location: Sao Paulo , Brazil
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $104.99

Private Tour: Capoava Farm from São Paulo

Escape from the city for a day and take in the scenery of a centuries-old Brazilian farm on this private day tour from São Paulo. From its 18th-century ...  Read more

Location: Sao Paulo , Brazil
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $166.99

Private Tour: Embu das Artes from São Paulo

Visit the artist enclave of Embu das Artes on a half-day trip from São Paulo. Explore the art galleries, artisan shops and handicraft stalls in this ...  Read more

Location: Sao Paulo , Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $116.99

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