Likes & Dislikes


São Paulo was a pleasant surprise. I’d pictured a polluted, ugly megacity. In fact, though, while there are no sea breezes, the air quality isn’t so bad for a major city. There are a lot of boring parts of town, but also a lot of interesting, exciting, fun parts too.” (k.j., 2018)


“São Paulo’s an interesting place, but I’d still rather be in Rio. The people in São Paulo aren’t as beautiful as in Rio.” (K. A., 2016)


“São Paulo is Brazil’s largest city, but I have to say, it didn’t make a great impression on me. True, we ate well, but that doesn’t count for much. I didn’t really feel safe in the city, nor did I particularly enjoy it. It’s big, dirty, noisy, smelly, and a bit scary too. There are a lot of poor people everywhere, a lot of run-down parts of town, and hardly anything noteworthy to see. I can’t in good conscience recommend it to any traveler, though of course I could be wrong. It may be a great city, and we were just unlucky enough to see its bad side.” (M. G. 2015)





Sao Paulo - metro - v.g. photo

Sao Paulo - metro scene - Krista photo



Sao Paulo - Centro - pedestrian walkway - Krista photo



Sao Paulo - Pinheiros neighbourhood - Krista photo

Public safety

If you are mugged, do not fight under any circumstances. That would surely be the best way to get yourself killed or injured.

Don’t wear a watch or jewelry of any kind on the street

Avoid using your cellphone on the street. Be attentive to bikers; many thieves that ride bikes to steal people's phones.

Unlike Rio de Janeiro, the poor neighborhoods and favelas are located very far from the tourist areas, and it is impossible to end up inside one by accident. Avoid the run-down historic center around Luz station and Sala São Paulo as drug addicts, and beggars strongly populate it.

Sao Paulo - armed to the teeth



Sao Paulo - a street art mural in downtown - Proibido proibir - "It is Forbidden to Forbid" - Krista photo


Sao Paulo - Monument to the Independence of Brazil - v.g. photo

Destination in brief

Sao Paulo is the name of both the estate and the city. Those born in the town are called paulistas, those born in the estate are paulistanos. Calling a paulista paulistano would be huge trouble.

Population (in 2020): 10 million (city area) and 22 million (urban area, agglomeration included) - 65% White, 27% brown or mixed, 6% Black, 2,5% Asian

Among the Whites inhabitants of Italian descent are double as many as Portuguese descent.

Sao paulo is the largest Italian, Japanese and Lebanese city outside their home countries.

Sao Paulo receives about 11 million tourists per year.

Religions: 64% Roman Catholic, 22% Protestant

The city may have all four seasons of the year in one day. It’s always wise to take a jacket and an umbrella with you.


SP t is located on the hilly plateau of the southeastern Brazilian Highlands.



Sao Paulo - low class - v.g. photo


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