São Paulo and Rio couldn’t be any more different. Rio is hot, sexy and chaotic, known for its sultry beaches and passionate samba. In São Paulo, residents of the seventh largest city in the world are more often than not found working, partly to maintain its distinction as the world's tenth richest city. That money buys a lot of impressive ... Read more
buildings, and visitors will appreciate the 70 shopping malls and dozens of business hotels that fill the Brazilian modernist architectural gems. As the cultural capital of Brazil, São Paulo boasts South America's most impressive collection of nightclubs, museums and theatres. The city is also South America's most gay-friendly; its Gay Pride Parade in October is the largest in the world, known to draw up to 3 million folks. Dining tops most Paulistanos lists of things to do, as São Paulo has the best restaurant selection in the country, ranging from sushi to Brazilian churrascurias (steakhouses). São Paulo has the largest population of Italian descendants outside of Italy (six million), so try the famed pizza paulistana.
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The climate in the State of São Paulo varies by altitude. São Paulo proper is warm, with temperatures ranging from 66-85F (19-29C) year-round, while the higher and lower elevations are about 5-10 degrees (2-5 ... Read more
degrees Celcius) cooler and warmer, respectively. Another major factor you should consider before booking your trip: Rain. Heavy rains are common during Brazil’s summer (January - March), but the period between April and December is far more pleasant, with many more dry, sunny days, fewer crowds, and a full cultural calendar to boot.

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Local from São Paulo

Probably the most surprising city in the south hemisphere. This is the city with the best night life that you will find

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Wonderful city! Very much the New York of South America. Great Museum of Modern Art, and wonderful outdoor bar just behind it! Have a caipirinha, kick back, and enjoy the nightlife!

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Local from São Paulo

Cosmopolita como nenhum outro lugar, São Paulo nos faz melhor a cada dia que ficamos lá!!!

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Sao Jose Do Rio Preto, Brazil

A cidade que nunca dorme. Apesar de ser conhecida por seus problemas, São Paulo possui seu charme.

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Ribeirao Preto

cidade movimentada, muitos lugares para curtir a noite. Comida pra todo lado, uma melhor que a outra

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Sao Luis de Maranhao, Brazil

Existe amor em São Paulo sim! Cidade extremamente cultural e vida noturna agitadíssima! Pra todos os gostos! Restaurantes famosos, museus, praças, etc. Não podemos esquecer da famosa avenida paulista! Ótimo ponto pra passear aos domingos com a família!

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San Jose, California, USA

São Paulo holds much of Brazil's wealth; and with that wealth come nice things like Parque Ibirapuera, Vila Madalena, MASP, and Avenida Paulista. Let's not even begin with the restaurants. Oh, the restaurants! Paulistanos having a reputation for being distant or cold, but they sure know how to build a city and fill it with the warmth of food and color. The colors -- Beco do Batman, Mercado Municipal. I think this is one of those cities that you like more as you get better acquainted with it.

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The San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

São Paulo is a fun, lively, massive city! I've never seen so many skyscrapers as in São Paulo! The street art is amazing and don't miss going to the marketplace!

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I live in Sao Paulo. It is an unique place, with its own characteristics and peculiarities. Although it's not such a historic or luxurious place, it mixes lot of cultures. I love to live here. Liberdade and Paulista are wonderful

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

São Paulo é a cidade que não para. O centro financeiro do Brasil e dona de uma gastronomia incomparável.

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