Paulo DAmaro

Paulo DAmaro

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About me:

Travel writer, journalist, sports commentator on TV and amateur musician...

Living in:

Brazil Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Joined:

June 2011

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    What would you suggest to do on a 7-day trip to Sao Paulo? I'm willing to explore outside the city as well

    It depends a lot on what sort of things you like and how much are you willing to spend. São Paulo is a huge, sprawling city, with traffic jams everywhere and good and bad neighborhoods mixed up. There is also some crime and, in January, it rains a lot, every day! Your first impression will surelly be the worst possible. It is not a friendly city at first sight. However, after a few days, you will start to love the city for its awesome nightlife - clubs, bars, discos, restaurants... Especialy if you hang on with local firends or acquaintances, who can take you to the right places. There are also some good museums, like MASP (art), MAM (art), Pinacoteca (art), Museu do Ipiranga (Brazilian History) and Museu do Futebol (soccer), and places worth visiting, such as the roof top bar at Edificio Itália (also called "Terraço Itália", great view of the city). Make sure to try one of the good restaurants at Rua Avanhandava - a tiny street with great diining and nice atmosphere. Regarding nightlife, there is plenty choices - from live music (rock, pop, jazz, latino, Brazilian...) to discos (electronic, 70's and 80's, alternative, gay, black etc.). The problem is that, unlike in other major urban areas of the world, most attractions in São Paulo are scattered all over the city, and not in one particular neighborhood. Prepare to spend a lot in taxis - they are the best way here for a foreigner: honest, clean, though a little expensive. Don't use buses. Metro (subway) is safe and good, however crowded and with a limited reach in sucha big city. Don't even think of renting a car. You will get crazy while trying to drive here! That's it for now. I hope it was of some help... about 8 years ago

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    What would you suggest to do on a 7-day trip to Sao Paulo? I'm willing to explore outside the city as well

    ALSO.. Some other attractions you could like: ♦ Ibirapuera Park - it's our version of New York's Central Park, perhaps not that well conserved, but worth visiting, as you have three museums and nice monuments within the green areas. ♦ Sao Paulo Zoo Safari - this is an outstanding zoo, where animals are let free (no cages at all!) and you visit with your car (in your case, a friend's or even a taxi). However, it is located in the outskirts of the city, surrounded by very poor neighborhoods - don't go there by your own; get a tour ou go with local friends And if you want to go to the seaside, you will find beaches within 90 kilometers from the city (São Vicente and Santos). However, I don't reccomend these ones, as they are not beautiful or even clean. You'd better travel 3 hours (about 250 km) to Ilhabela, a nice island, with very good hotels (from cheap to very expensive) and a cool colonial atmosphere. about 8 years ago

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    I will be switching planes in Sao Paulo. How far apart are the 2 terminals?

    It depends. First of all, make sure you must really go from one terminal to another in the SAME airport (Guarulhos International). If that's the case, the two terminals are within walking distance (maybe 10 minutes apart) and the time factor will depend more on immigration and customs. However, if you have transfer from International Airport (Guarulhos) to domestic Airport (Congonhas), then it will take you at least a 1 hour drive (taxi, with good traffic), besides immigratiion and customs. If you need more assitance, don't hesitate to ask. paulomancha@gmail.com over 8 years ago