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, still Sao Paulo offers Brazil’s best museums, gourmet restaurants, excellent shopping, a thriving arts scene and a few outstanding luxury hotels that will make your Brazil tour
highly memerable. 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.