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São Paulo

São Paulo is the largest city in Latin America and one of the largest in the world. Brazil’s industrial capital, it was founded in 1554 by the Jesuits and has since grown to a megalopolis of more than 18 million inhabitants. The city has taken in waves of immigrants from many countries, notably Italy, Germany, Japan, Lebanon, Korea and Syria. These immigrants made a home for themselves in the city, and now the visitor can enjoy some of the best international cuisine in the world. São Paulo is also the artistic heart of the nation: many of Brazil’s avant-garde movements in art and literature started here. The visitor can see evidence of this in the Museu de Arte de São Paulo. Another interesting museum is the Museu de Arte Sacra, or the sacred art museum. It covers 500 years of religious art, from native statues to colonial era reliquaries, altars and carved saints.São Paulo is not far from some underrated beaches. The ones nearest the city, Guarujá and Santos, are often dirty and overcrowded, but if you travel farther to the northeast, there are pleasant, clean beaches you can visit. These beaches are two to four hours away from the city, depending on traffic.

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Other places nearby São Paulo: Belem, Rio de Janeiro and Paraty.







By Christopher Minster
I am a writer and editor at V!VA Travel guides here in Quito, where I specialize in adding quality content to the site and also in spooky things like...
08 Jul 2010

Things to do in São Paulo

Motor Sports - Formula 1

Day 1 - 4 hour city tour to the most exciting tourist sites in São Paulo. We will visit the TAS (Torcida Ayrton Senna) - the Ayrton Senna´s Fan Club - where you can see several objects related to ...
Adventure Tour
São Paulo, Brazil

Museu Arte São Paulo (MASP)

Although the actual layout of the museum is a bit stark, the art displays are quite impressive. Every month the display on the second floor changes to a different theme or artist, usually from ...
Museum
São Paulo, Brazil

Mercado Municipal

The Mercado Municipal is a food-lover’s haven. The massive building, inaugurated as a market in 1933, is the place to find fruit, spices, grains and knickknacks. In addition to a large supply of ...
Market
São Paulo, Brazil
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