Destination guide: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo is the most inhabited city in Brazil, with modern architecture that coexists in perfect harmony with the city’s greenery and white sandy beaches. On strolling through its streets, visitors witness a magnitude of culture and nightlife, as well being able to visit exclusive shops and art galleries.

Fly with LAN to Sao Paulo and get to know Guaruja Island, the legacy of the golden age of coffee and the place where the South American Grand Prix is held.

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  • Sao Paulo

    Let them guide you to their favorite haunts, and the reason for this will begin to unfold. Maybe they will introduce you to the city’s innumerable art-house cinemas and experimental theaters. If they’re gourmands, you’ll focus on the smart bistros and jewels of ethnic cuisine. If they’re partiers, double up on espresso before embarking on a tour of raucous underground bars and the 24/7 clubbing scene. Whatever manmade pleasure you might covet, Sampa – as the city is known – probably has it in spades.

    This fertile cultural life is supported by Brazil’s biggest and best-educated middle class and further enriched by literally hundreds of distinct ethnic groups – including the largest community of people of Japanese descent outside Japan. It also has the largest openly gay community in Latin America. Sheer numbers helps too. An estimated 20 million people live in greater São Paulo, making it the third-largest metropolis on earth. Its relentless, round-the-clock pulse – a close cousin of London’s or New York’s – can prove taxing. Then again, it may just deliver the charge you need to discover one of the world’s great cities.

    There are a handful of good museums and an increasingly well-preserved historic centre. Higher-end restaurateurs, shop owners and impresarios tend to turn their establishments into delightful little worlds unto themselves that are, for better or worse, sealed off to the city’s nuisances.

    The city occupies a high plateau, making it chilly in the Brazilian winter, and very warm, but rarely stifling hot, in summer. São Paulo will be a host city for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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