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Sao Paulo Travel Guide


Sao Paulo is the name of both the city and the surrounding state. Referred to affectionately by the locals as ‘Sampa’, Sao Paulo city is a giant sprawling metropolis of almost 20 million people making it the largest city in Latin America and one of the biggest in the world. Although it is not known as the most beautiful city and usually not included on most tourist’s itineraries, Sao Paulo offers some of Brazil’s best museums, gourmet restaurants, excellent shopping, a thriving arts scene and a few outstanding luxury hotels. Outside of the city there is a wonderful coastline with some pristine beaches or go inland for rolling hills and rural life on a traditional fazenda.

Our private local guides will show you the best of this enormous, multicultural and cosmopolitan city at the centre of Brazilian culture

Best months to visit Sao Paulo

The best time to visit Sao Paulo city is between April and November when it is cooler and drier. The summer months of December until March are very hot and have frequent afternoon showers. However, if you want to go to the coast, then the hotter months of December until March are a popular time to go as this is summer in Brazil.

Our hand-picked hotels in Sao Paulo

A well thought out selection of hotels can make a good trip truly exceptional and here at The Latin America Travel Company we put a lot of resources into sourcing and visiting hotels. Below are a few of our favourite hotels in Sao Paulo city and the surrounding state.

Best reasons to visit Sao Paulo

As one of the biggest cities on the planet, there is a lot to see in Sao Paulo! The surrounding state also has some beautiful landscapes and coastline. Below are a few of our highlights for the area.

See the sites such as Sé square and Sé cathedral with a local guide

Go to the top of the Banespa building for impressive views over the city

Relax in Ibirapuera park, one of the largest city parks in Latin America

Visit the Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo art gallery and other museums

Escape the city to Ilhabela, Brazil’s sailing capital or Guarujá by the sea

Weather Averages for Sao Paulo

Other destinations in Brazil

Visit sleepy Trancoso, colonial Paraty or party the night away in Buzios. Continue to explore Brazil through our essential guides by clicking the links below.

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