Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sao Paulo: Vacations and travel info
Sao Paulo is the capital city of a state that goes by the same name. It is one of the largest cities not only in Latin America but in the entire world. The Brazilians call it "the city that can't stop" for its extensive business and entertainment infrastructure. Sao Paulo has a number of things to offer visitors, whether you are looking for a city that can offer a fun-filled vacation or are on a business trip.
You'll wish you had more time to explore the restaurants, museums, nightclubs and shopping centers! Time flies when you're having fun and Sao Paulo won't let you down. It's a meeting point of cultures from all over the world so discover for yourself one of the most wonderfully dynamic cities on the planet!
Sao Paulo has a population of over 10 million inhabitants, garnering the rightfully earned title of "megalopolis". The city can be found approximately 43 miles from the southeastern coast of Brazil and is about 2,600 feet above sea level.
The climate is mainly tropical with average temperatures reaching between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. During the hotter months (November through March), the temperature can easily rise to 86 degrees Fahrenheit. This is rainy season so come prepared with an umbrella and rain gear. During the cold season (June and July), it can get as low as 42 degrees. Watch the weather report and plan accordingly.
The city offers a very complete system of public transportation. The metro has 37 miles worth of track running all over Sao Paulo, serving more than 3 million passengers daily. The city infrastructure is one of the best in the country, taking you close to parks, museums, theaters, restaurants, excellent hotels, shopping centers and expo centers.
The history of Sao Paulo is more than 450 year old and it goes hand in hand with the history of the entire country. The origin of the city starts wit the creation of a Jesuit mission in 1554. The Jesuits were looking to evangelize the indigenous of the region. The colonizers, the African slaves and the evangelized local population formed a small settlement that subsisted on agriculture.
In the 17th century, expeditions into the jungle were encouraged to explore new lands and enslave the local population. With these expeditions, gold was discovered under what is now Minas Gerais, setting off a frenzied gold rush.
Thanks to its strategic location, Sao Paulo grew rapidly and in 1709, the administrative power over the colonies was moved here and two years later, it was given the status of city. The majority of the local population, however, started a general migration to the mines and Sao Paulo's growth was stagnant for the next 100 years.
Towards the end of the 19th century, Sao Paulo came back to become an important economic center because of the influx of immigrants that arrived from all over the world. In the 1970s, there was an economic boom and Sao Paulo became one of the most important financial centers in all of Latin America, still going strong to this day.
In recent years, Sao Paulo has undergone an incredible economic transformation. In the 1970s, the most important economic activity was industrial but that has changed in the space of four decades. Now the city is one of service and of many businesses and is a very important economic center in all of Brazil. The gross domestic product shot up 12% and it is estimated that in 2025, Sao Paulo will be the sixth richest city in the world.
This city is also known for having an event every six minutes, including everything from conferences, fairs, conventions, concerts, expositions and more. The city is also home to the Bovespa Stock Exchange, the largest in Latin America and the third largest in the world.
This is the most visited city in Brazil, with business tourism being the main type of tourism that frequents Sao Paulo, offering the largest hotel infrastructure in South America. Among some of the most important events are the Sao Paulo Fashion Week, the Gay Pride Parade, the Formula 1 Grande Premio do Brazil, Carnaval and the International Exposition of Art of Sao Paulo.
This city is recognized as one of the richest places, culturally speaking, in the whole country. It has a great variety of movie theaters, museums, public forums, universities and art galleries. It has the largest population of Japanese and Italian people, outside of those respective countries. This has created interesting cultural mixes, especially in terms of gastronomy with fusion cuisine, and with the architecture of various neighborhoods of the city.
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