Sao Paulo is not only the largest and richest city in Brazil but it is ranked the 10th richest city in the world. It is the 7th largest metropolitan area in the entire world. The city is located on a plateau in the Southeastern part of the country and is the one part of Brazil that is known more for its buildings and nightlife than for its beauty. Unlike the rest of Brazil, with its beautiful beaches, Sao Paulo is where you go when you’re ready to explore the concrete jungle of a fast paced city.
Sao Paulo has a humid subtropical climate and rainfall is more than abundant during warmer months yet the Sao Paulo has never been hit by a cyclone nor had any kind of tornado activity. Since most of the richest people in Brazil live in Sao Paulo it is no surprise that it has some of the rarest nightclubs, restaurants and unmatched cultural and art scenes anywhere in the world. Sao Paulo’s nightlife scene is spread out all over the city in little clusters and most people don’t even step into the club until midnight.
Sao Paulo has a great number of theatres, most have plays in Portuguese. There are also a few buildings with observation decks where you will want to go to see just how far this city extends and catch a good sunset. The Banespa Tower for many decades was the highest building in town. There is also a small free museum on the top of the building. The Restaurant Skye, located on the rooftop of the Hotel Unique serves amazing fushion food with one of the world’s top chefs. This restaurant has great views of the Ibirapuera Park.
The Ibirapuera Park in Sao Paulo has paths for walking, jogging and biking though woods and mini lakes. This park sees up to 150,000 visitors per weekend and really is the only place in the city to go and relax. There are also plenty of food and drink vendors throughout.
The city of Sao Paulo includes different neighborhoods that show their cultural influences, yet they all have their own unique characteristics. It truly is a party town which can cause you to get stuck in traffic at almost any time of the day or night. Luckily it houses the largest underground transportation system in Brazil. This helps to cut down on traffic through the city.
The downtown district is financial centers that unless you are doing business there, you probably will want to stay clear of, especially at rush hour. The Bela Vista neighborhood nearby has the city’s best hotels, skyscrapers, theaters and bars. Be prepared to see many whimsical mansions in these neighborhoods.
When you are ready to trade in your bikini from laying on one of Brazil’s breathtaking beaches, put on your party clothes and head over to Sao Paulo. This is truly the city that never sleeps.