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São Paulo

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São Paulo is huge: 12 million people live in the largest city of the southern hemisphere and the third largest city in the Americas. São Paulo has 101 museums, 164 theatres, 282 cinemas, as well as numerous parks and green areas. It is the latin american capital of trade fairs and events, and has a super structure for congresses and conventions, the Parque de Exposições do Anhembi (Anhembi Exhibition Park).

Sampa, the city’s affectionate nickname, is delightful and has a reputation for offering one of the best nightlife on the planet. Also famous as the latin american capital of gastronomy, the city offers high standard international restaurants and fine regional cuisine signed by Brazilian chefs. In Brasil it is know as the Capital da Pizza (pizza capital), with more than 6 thousand pizzerias scattered around every neighborhood.

The Museu de Arte de São Paulo (Masp), protected by the Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional (Iphan) in 2003, has a collection of more than 8 thousand pieces of European art. The Pinacoteca do Estado, substantial visual arts museum, receives important international exhibitions and presents valuable examples of the last 200 years of Brazilian art.

On weekends, a traditional outing of paulistanos (name given to people born in Sampa) is to go to one of the city’s many open fairs. Popular fairs are those of Bixiga, Liberdade and Benedito Calixto.

Ibirapuera Park is also a very nice attraction. Besides areas for physical activities, bicycle routes and playground, the Park has museums, auditoriums and a planetarium, always busy with an intense cultural programs.

In May, to celebrate the LGBT Pride Month of São Paulo, a parade takes place at Avenida Paulista to the sound of trios elétricos. In addition to the party, that is one of the largest in the world, there are debates, cultural fairs and award ceremonies.

The city will host some soccer matches during the Rio 2016 Games ™. The games will happen in the Corinthians Arena, with a capacity for 48 thousand fans.

Plane/airport
If you come to São Paulo from abroad, you will arrive at the São Paulo International Airport.

Rodovia Hélio Smidt, s/nº, Cumbica - Guarulhos, SP
+55 (11) 2445-2945
If you are already in Brasil, you may also arrive via the Congonhas Airport.
Av. Washington Luiz, s/nº – São Paulo, SP
+55 (11) 5090-9000
Bus

If you are leaving from a South American country that borders Brasil, or from another city in Brasil, you can catch a bus to the Tietê Bus Station. The Tietê Bus Station serves 67 bus lines from 21 Brazilian states and five countries (Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay).

Av. Cruzeiro do Sul, 1800 - São Paulo, SP
+55 (11) 3866-1100
Personal or rental vehicles

The city of São Paulo is a crossing point of some of the most important highways of the country (national and state highways) such as Dutra, Castelo Branco, Raposo Tavares, Fernão Dias and Anhanguera/Bandeirantes, Régis Bittencourt.

Ómnibus (Bus)

The public transport system of São Paulo is well inter-connected and you can use the Bilhete Único, a single ticket for buses, mini-buses, subway and trains. Check out the city bus lines.

Useful telephones.
Subway/Train

The subway has 68 stations. Check operating hours for each station and see the subway map.

Telephone: 0800 770 7722 (daily from 5:30 a.m. to 11h30 p.m.
Taxi

São Paulo has a large taxi fleet, with about 33 thousand registered vehicles. The sites below may help:

Cab Company Association.
Rate calculator.
Ligue-táxi.

Site Oficial de Turismo da cidade de São Paulo
Masp

Official Website of the Rio 2016™ Olympic Games

Visite São Paulo

The São Paulo area code (DDD) is 11.

110V

It's always a good idea to bring a coat, in São Paulo the weather can cool down suddenly.

As in any big city, watch your personal belongings.

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