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Sao Paulo Travel Guide


Sao Paulo Introduction


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Sao Paulo—or Sampa, as residents call it—is one of the largest cities in the world, sprawling like a land-guzzling monster. It's full of high-rises, and the streets are an endless bustle of sidewalk traders, shoppers and sharp-suited business folk. Traffic jams in Sao Paulo are ubiquitous.  Click here to see the full Sao Paulo travel guide on Travel42 »

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Sao Paulo Geography


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The sheer size of Sao Paulo can make navigating the city a daunting prospect for the first-time visitor. Apart from the Catedral Metropolitana—the geographical center of the city—in the old center, there are few landmarks, and the overall impression is a never-ending jumble of homes and high-rises. The center is just about the only place in the city where older architecture has been preserved, and like much of downtown in general, is now zoned for pedestrians, so your only choice is to explore it on foot.   Click here to see the full Sao Paulo travel guide on Travel42 »

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Sao Paulo History


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Sao Paulo was founded as a mission in 1554 by Jesuit priests Jose de Anchieta and Manuel da Nobrega, but religion was quickly overshadowed by the activities of the bandeirantes (those who follow the banner). Both revered and reviled, these tough pioneers pushed the Portuguese frontier ever deeper into the interior. At the same time, they enslaved indigenous people to work on farms built on the rich agricultural land surrounding the city and in other parts of Brazil.   Click here to see the full Sao Paulo travel guide on Travel42 »

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Sao Paulo Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Although at first glance Sao Paulo might seem like a chaotic, modern, polluted megalopolis, there's actually plenty to see. The theme parks—Hopi Hari, in particular—are great fun, the city's zoo is one of the best in the world, and there are several pleasant parks.   Click here to see the full Sao Paulo travel guide on Travel42 »

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Sao Paulo Nightlife


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From laid-back jazz clubs to full-on techno mayhem, Sao Paulo has it all. It's one of the few cities that can truly live up to the "24-hour-city" label. No one even thinks about going out much before midnight, and many bars and clubs will keep serving until the last customer finally throws in the towel and crawls home to bed long after sunrise.  Click here to see the full Sao Paulo travel guide on Travel42 »

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Sao Paulo Restaurants & Dining


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Sao Paulo prides itself on the quality and variety of its cuisine, because dining out is a favorite pastime among Paulistanos. Restaurants cater to every taste and craving, but above all else, meat is king.  Click here to see the full Sao Paulo travel guide on Travel42 »

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