Sao Paulo Travel Guide


Following São Paulo's extraordinary growth during the 20th century, most of the old city buildings have given way to contemporary architecture. This means that most historical buildings are concentrated downtown, where 17th-century churches stand in the shadows of skyscrapers. The best of São Paulo's gastronomy, nightlife, and museums are spread in the area that circles Downtown, and that is where most visitors stay. Those who are adventurous enough to go beyond may discover a completely different São Paulo, with beautiful preserved nature, suburban feel and culture, and the enormous social inequalities that the city is so famous (or rather infamous) for.

Note: the region of Avenida Paulista is partly in the Center, West, and South-Central, and its number of attractions, as well as its peculiar characteristics, justifies it having its own section.

DowntownThe birthplace of the city, with many historical areas, cultural centers, and a universe of diverse people rushing to work or to school.
WestHome to the government of the state of So Paulo, it is probably the most vibrant area of the city for business, science, gastronomy, nightlife and culture.
South CentralThe wealthiest region of the city contains Parque do Ibirapuera, one of the most important recreational and cultural areas of So Paulo, and inumerous shopping malls.
SoutheastHome to hundreds of thousands of immigrants who settled in the city, that is where Museu do Ipiranga, the So Paulo Zoo and other attractions are located.
NortheastThe Northeast is So Paulo's "event arena", where the annual Carnival and and many other large scale events take place. Part of the magnificent Parque da Cantareira is also here.
Far SouthThe largest region of So Paulo is still largely covered by forest, farms and water, and can offer many unique experiences to a visitor.
Far EastSo Paulo's City of Workers contains two of the most beautiful parks of the city, and is the future host of the FIFA 2014 World Cup in the city.
NorthwestThe Northwest is a more suburban area which is home to Parque Estadual do Jaragu, where the highest point of the city is located.

source: Wikivoyage

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