São Paulo, Brazil

Elegant garden-city districts and the massive expanse of the Parque Ibirapuera lie greenly in the shadow of soaring skyscrapers (most of Brazil's tallest buildings are right here in São Paulo). The air's almost always dotted with helicopters; the streets are frequently jammed with the city's infamous traffic; but the city is packed with life, fun and adventures. Get exploring: there's plenty to see.
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Getting there

  • Planes

    A big city needs a big airport, and São Paulo has one in the Aeroporto Internacional de São Paulo/Guarulhos–Governador André Franco Montoro (Guarulhos for short, or Cumbica locally). It's Latin America's busiest airport, so you won't have a problem finding flights: there are regular services from London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle as well as a host of major US cities. If you're heading off to Rio or elsewhere in Brazil, you might take off from the nearby Aeroporto Congonhas.
  • Trains

    The grand Luz station is the place to arrive by train; it's also a subway station.
  • Automobiles

    Early morning and late afternoon traffic jams bringing the city to a standstill are notorious here – get into a car at your peril.