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Farol Santander (Banespa Tower) Tours

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Farol Santander (Banespa Tower)
An enduring symbol of São Paulo’s 20th-century race to modernity, the Edifício Altino Arantes—more commonly known as the Banespa Tower, Banespão, or in English, Altino Arantes Building—remains one of the most notable landmarks on the city’s exhaustive skyline. Originally built as the headquarters of the State Bank of São Paulo (Banespa) and named for one of the bank’s first presidents, the tower rose over an eight-year period, crowning the city as its tallest building in 1947, a title held for the next 18 years. At completion, the 528-foot tower also held the title of tallest reinforced concrete structure and tallest building outside of the United States. Inspired by New York City’s Empire State Building, the tower exhibits Art Deco styling both inside and out.

Despite being the third-tallest building in the city, the Banespa is situated on the highest point in downtown São Paulo, giving it the appearance of being even taller than the Mirante do Vale, today the tallest building in Brazil at 558 feet. Panoramic, 360-degree views of the city from the 35th-floor observation deck extend to over 25 miles, encompassing all of downtown and even the verdant Serra da Cantareira mountain range to the city’s north. The observation deck and the first-floor building museum is free to visitors and open Monday through Friday, except holidays, from 10am to 5pm.
Address: Rua João Brícola, 24 - Sé, Sao Paolo 01014-010, Brazil
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5-hour Private Tour Of São Paulo With Its Main Sights – Optional Airport Pickup

5-hour Private Tour Of São Paulo With Its Main Sights – Optional Airport Pickup

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Visit São Paulo's major attractions and most significant sights on this private city tour with a guide. The itinerary may include stops at Ibirapuera Park, the historical downtown, Paulista Ave. (the most important Brazilian thoroughfare), and more. Since this is a private tour, you will be able to determine which sights you want to see and for how long.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$113.00
Price varies by group size
From
$113.00
Price varies by group size
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7-hour Private Tour Overview Of São Paulo – Optional For GRU Airport Pickup

7-hour Private Tour Overview Of São Paulo – Optional For GRU Airport Pickup

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Discover the bustling city of São Paulo on a 7-hour private tour by car. Customize your itinerary and visit some of the city’s most popular sights such as Ibirapuera Park, Sé Cathedral, Batman Alley, the Municipal Market, and the Liberdade neighborhood. Learn about the history of each location and the best places to snap a photo from your informative guide.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$134.00
Price varies by group size
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$134.00
Price varies by group size
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Classic Half-Day Private Tour of São Paulo – Optional Airport Pickup

Classic Half-Day Private Tour of São Paulo – Optional Airport Pickup

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Customize your perfect day of sightseeing taking a guided private tour to visit São Paulo’s major tourist attractions and having an overview of it.
This tour is designed to be totally flexible featuring a broad range of possible sights to see, activities to do or topics to explore based on your preferences and willingness. You can either follow our suggested itinerary presented in a sequential order or just select specific sights focusing more on culture, history, social-economic aspects, architecture, street art, local crafts and design, fashion, photograph, business, sports, LGBTQ culture, religion, shopping, gastronomy, art, other topics or a little bit of everything. Our guide should be at your disposal. Stop at sights to explore in the company of the guide who will escort you in your tour expedition, providing an interpreting service along the way. 
No matter where you are within the city of São Paulo, the guide picks you up with the suitable vehicle wherever you are.  
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$113.00
Price varies by group size
From
$113.00
Price varies by group size
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Small Group Cycling Tour of Downtown São Paulo

Small Group Cycling Tour of Downtown São Paulo

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This 3-hour small group cycling tour is for travelers who want to see more of São Paulo, the largest city in Brazil, in less time. The approximately 10-mile route includes museums, parks, architecture, neighborhoods, and plenty of time to stop for refreshments and photos. Explore the city's Japanese neighborhood, see the city's cathedral, and more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.00
Price varies by group size
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$79.00
Price varies by group size

Private Layover Tour from São Paulo International Airport

Private Layover Tour from São Paulo International Airport

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Visit São Paulo’s top attractions while you’re on a layover at São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport. Rather than spend hours waiting for your flight, take a private city tour with your own personal guide who points out major landmarks. Take a scenic drive through several neighborhoods and get out to explore São Paulo’s historic downtown on foot. Return airport transport by private vehicle is included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$135.00
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$135.00
Price varies by group size
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Private Sao Paulo Shore Excursion from Santos Port

Private Sao Paulo Shore Excursion from Santos Port

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Make the most of your time in Santos cruise port with a private layover tour to São Paulo. Discover Brazil’s largest city with a private guide, stopping to see landmarks such as the Monastery of Sao Bento, Ibirapuera Park, and Paulista Avenue; explore the lively neighborhoods of Madalena and Liberdade; sample Brazilian cuisine at the Municipal Market (own expense); and admire architectural wonders such as the Copan building, the Tea Bridge, and the Catedral da Sé.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$200.00
Price varies by group size
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$200.00
Price varies by group size
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Walking tour of the historic center

Walking tour of the historic center

Are you going to visit the city of São Paulo or the same in the city and want to have a historical, architectural and cultural enrichment in your luggage? What is downtown São Paulo? It houses in its very rich. About the coffee period, its influence on culture, including an influence on architecture! In addition, you can subscribe to the photos that improve your eyes could capture!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$7.35
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$7.35

4-hour Private Tour - Hidden Gems and Top Sights of São Paulo

4-hour Private Tour - Hidden Gems and Top Sights of São Paulo

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São Paulo is Brazil's exciting hub of business, art, and gastronomy! However, it is not easy to be explored if you're not from Brazil If you wish to visit São Paulo's top attractions, but you only have a few hours to spare, this 4-hour City Tour is the perfect option to you. This tour details the historical and cultural aspects of some of the most important sites in the city, in addition to showing the day to day life of the Paulistano (as the city's inhabitants call themselves), in the financial capital of the Brazil
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$105.00
Price varies by group size
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$105.00
Price varies by group size
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Private São Paulo Tour with Ibirapuera Park, Paulista Av and Downtown Visit

Private São Paulo Tour with Ibirapuera Park, Paulista Av and Downtown Visit

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Explore São Paulo in just a few hours on this private tour by foot and vehicle. Follow your private guide to hit all the highlights of the city, including the Catedral da Sé, the municipal market, the Liberdade neighborhood, and Paulista Avenue. Choose from two tour lengths; with longer tours enjoying more time in some residential neighborhoods and local markets. Along the way, enjoy engaging, informative commentary from your private local guide. Round-trip transportation from São Paulo hotels is included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.00
Price varies by group size
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$85.00
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São Paulo Art Tour From Mainstream to Underground

São Paulo Art Tour From Mainstream to Underground

In a city as big as São Paulo, the art scene is always quickly evolving. With this tour, you’ll put your finger directly on the pulse of what’s happening at the city’s hottest mainstream galleries and independent art houses with the help of a local artistic-minded guide. See the latest exhibitions and street art with time for a coffee and conversation in the heart of old São Paulo.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$115.00
From
$115.00
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Private São Paulo City Tour: Major Tourist Attractions – Optional Airport Pickup

Private São Paulo City Tour: Major Tourist Attractions – Optional Airport Pickup

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Customize your perfect day of sightseeing taking a guided private tour to visit São Paulo’s major tourist attractions and having an overview of it.
This tour is designed to be totally flexible featuring a broad range of possible sights to see, activities to do or topics to explore based on your preferences and willingness. You can either follow our suggested itinerary presented in a sequential order or just select specific sights focusing more on culture, history, social-economic aspects, architecture, street art, local crafts and design, fashion, photograph, business, sports, LGBTQ culture, religion, shopping, gastronomy, art, other topics or a little bit of everything. Our guide should be at your disposal. Stop at sights to explore in the company of the guide who will escort you in your tour expedition, providing an interpreting service along the way. 
No matter where you are within the city of São Paulo, the guide picks you up with the suitable vehicle wherever you are.  
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$134.00
Price varies by group size
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$134.00
Price varies by group size
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São Paulo Private City Tour from Santos Cruise Terminal

São Paulo Private City Tour from Santos Cruise Terminal

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Get acquainted with the history and architecture of one of the world’s biggest cities on a private 5-hour tour of São Paulo from Santos Cruise Terminal. Travel in a luxury, air-conditioned vehicle and listen to illuminating commentary from your private guide as you visit areas of cultural and historical interest; admire the picturesque Paulista Avenue; marvel at the verdant beauty of Ibirapuera Park; and see the Japanese influence rife in the Liberade District.
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  • 5 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$242.38
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$242.38
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Private VW Bus Tour with Ibirapuera park and Batman´s alley visit

Private VW Bus Tour with Ibirapuera park and Batman´s alley visit

Looking for an authentic way to experience São Paulo? How about a rare VW Bus, made in the 1970´s? Our proposal is to show you SP´s best tourist sights, in a relaxed and authentic way, aboard a Vintage VW Bus, totally restored and in perfect conditions! The vehicles used are rare editions, made in the 1970s, known as "Owl" because of the similarity of its front with the face of an owl. Get to know São Paulo in a different way!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$389.75
per group
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$389.75
per group
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Downtown Walk - The Historic Triangle

Downtown Walk - The Historic Triangle

A cultural walk full of immersive experiences around the landmarks of the historical region of São Paulo. History, cultural and art in a guided walk through the pedestrian streets of the old center of São Paulo including landmarks like: Shopping Light Visit Municipal Theater Tea Viaduct Francisca House Largo San Francisco Se Cathedral / Crypt Cultural Box or Solar Marquesa Pateo do Collegio CCBB Santander Lighthouse Ed. Martinelli Coffee at Casa Matilda Sao Bento Monastery Godinho House Salve Jorge Bar
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.42
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$15.42

São Paulo Private Full Day City Tour (8h)

São Paulo Private Full Day City Tour (8h)

This is the most complete City Tour option of São Paulo, ideal for those who want to get to know each attraction in detail and with no rush, giving due attention to each site visited. This tour includes the major tour attractions of São Paulo, such as, Downtown, Liberdade - the Japanese quarter, Paulista Avenue, Municipal Market, Ibirapuera park, Vila Madalena, among others. Enjoy guided commentary on 20 or more major landmarks including hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$150.00
Price varies by group size
From
$150.00
Price varies by group size
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History and Culture in Downtown of São Paulo

History and Culture in Downtown of São Paulo

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Downtown São Paulo can be a bit overwhelming to navigate on your own, so let an informative guide point out its architectural features, cultural spaces, contemporary art, and traditional eateries. On this 5-hour walking tour, you’ll view the impressive Martinelli building and sample feijoada, the national dish. Set out on a Saturday from Sé Cathedral to explore the city center when it is not quite so bustling as on weekdays.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$129.00
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$129.00

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