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About São Paulo

Sampa, land of mist, Paulicéia Finally, several names to a single outdoor show. This is the city of São Paulo, in southeastern Brazil and considered the 6th most populous city in the world´s 4th largest urban agglomeration. The city of São Paulo is considered the main financial center, corporate and commercial Latin America.

Sao Paulo is also the most influential Brazilian city on the global stage, is considered the 14th most globalized city in the world, receiving the rank of alpha world city, by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network. The city´s motto, present in his official coat, consists of the Latin phrase Non-Ducor, duco-whose meaning is in Portuguese, I am not led,-drive.

The city of Sao Paulo was founded in 1554 by Jesuit priests and since then became known worldwide and exerts significant influence national and international, is the cultural point of view, economic or political.

It has important monuments, parks and museums such as the Latin America Memorial, the Museum of the Portuguese Language, MASP, the Ibirapuera Park, the Botanical Garden of São Paulo and Avenida Paulista, and high profile events like the Biennial International Art, the Grand Prix of Formula 1 Brazil, Sao Paulo Sao Paulo Fashion Week and the Indy 300.

The city has the 10th highest GDP in the world, representing alone, 12.26% of all Brazil´s GDP and 36% of the total output of goods and services of the state of São Paulo, being home to 63% of multinationals established in Brazil , besides being responsible for 28% of the national scientific production in 2005.

The city also is home to the Stock Exchange, Commodities and Futures of São Paulo, the second largest stock exchange in the world by market value. Paul also focuses much of the tallest buildings in Brazil, such as buildings Lookout Valley, Italy, Altino Arantes, North Tower, among others.

What to do in São Paulo

São Paulo is full of must-see sights, and if you are to know them get ready, because it is a great adventure that requires disposal and time.

To begin with, to get to the road to Sao Paulo Barra Funda and Tietê are already attractive in itself, bringing together different cultures and races. Walking to St Paul is possible to cross with several shopping malls, for example, the West Plaza Shopping and Bourbon, which are one block from the terminal bar and are based around the Palestra Italia, Palmeiras Football Stadium.

The Municipal Market, without doubt, is a place that attracts people for two reasons delicious: The codfish balls and the traditional bologna sandwich. More there are also other reasons to delight in the market as a fruit stand on your Joey, offering fruit from all over Brazil, Fresh and juicy.

For those who want to better understand the history and tradition Paulista worth making a visit to the Monastery of St. Benedict, where lies the Benedictine Monks since 1598, celebrating Mass and to receive religious worship of all parties.

And if you lose like a little shopping, take advantage and head to the famous March 25, which is just a block from the Monastery. The 25 March is known for hosting hundreds of stores that sell wholesale and retail at a price impressive, attracting tenants and freelancers who resell the products.

A very interesting point for those who like culture is the Municipal Theatre, which offers public presentations as Broadway musicals and plays. MASP also reserves plenty of culture and entertainment for those who love art.

Strolling by Vila Madalena also ensures moments of pleasure, as the best bars and restaurants in the land of this region are centered Drizzle. The ballads of the exterior and also draw attention by holding events and shake the night of.

For a quieter afternoon and family, visit the Parks and Ibirapuera, Vila Lobos Park and White Water rides that are scenarios like riding a bike, skating, hiking and a little wonder of nature that exists within the massive concrete walls.

Do not miss the opportunity to closely watch the spectacle of lights and beauties are gathered in Avenida Paulista, one of the best known streets in the world. Why not take a small jump in the Cathedral, another milestone in the city of Sao Paulo.

And for women who want to follow the new fashion trends and to enjoy shopping, take a walk through the city´s most famous street, Avenida Oscar Freire, who gathers the most beautiful and famous shops and showcases clothing and accessories, also enjoy and visit the shopping Iguatemi, one of the finest city.

For men, it´s worth a stop by the Interlagos Circuit closely and see a spectacular race between the best pilots of Formula 1. The stages of Morumbi and Pacaembu are also special places that keep the tradition of football and your favorite club.

Plan your trips well and devote time to all of them because it is worthwhile to know each fantastic place to find the huge city of Sao Paulo.

When to Go to São Paulo

In relation to climate, São Paulo is considered subtropical, with a decrease of rainfall in winter, yet are unpredictable rain showers in Sao Paulo. The climate in São Paulo is very hot, with a considerable increase in the amount of buildings and structures around and also by its rate of pollution.

The month of February is considered the hottest and is an ideal time to get down the mountain toward the beaches of São Paulo. June is the coldest month, reaching up to 16 ° C. Due to the proximity of the sea, is a constant maritimidade local climate, being responsible for avoiding days of intense heat in summer or extreme cold in winter and make the city wet.

The humidity has reasonable indexes throughout the year, although pollution reaches critical levels in the winter due to the phenomenon of thermal inversion and lower rainfall from May to September.

Despite maritimidade avoiding major fluctuations in temperature, the altitude of St. Paul makes in the warmer months are a few hot nights and early mornings in the city, and the minimum temperatures are rarely above 23 ° C within 24 hours.

In winter, however, the strong inflow of polar air masses accompanied by excessive cloudiness sometimes causes the temperatures remain very low, even during the afternoon.
Despite this oscillation in the climate time, it pays to know St. Paul in all seasons, it is a charming town that allows many attractions.

For events, Sao Paulo brings tourists all year round for events listed as football championships and Formula 1 racing. At the end of the year on 31 December, St. Sylvester´s race also attracts many people.

In May the entire state of Sao Paulo stands out especially because of the realization of cultural Upset, an event that brings together several artists who make the show 24 hours in every city of São Paulo.

How to arrive in São Paulo

plane

Guarulhos International Airport
Phone: (11) 6445-2945

Congonhas Airport
Phone: (11) 5090-9000

bus

Terminal Tietê
Phone: (11) 3235-0322

Terminal Barra Funda
Phone: (11) 3666-4682

terminal Jabalpur
Phone: (11) 5012-2256

car

The possibilities as to highways SP are:

Highway SP-280 White Castle
Highway SP-160 Immigrant
Bandeirantes highway SP-348
Anhanguera highway SP-330
Anchieta highway SP-150

On the other hand the BR values ​​are:

BR-116 Washington Luiz
BR-116 Dutra
BR-381 Fernao Dias

Make a Suitcase to São Paulo

Sao Paulo is a hot city, however, as stated above, its climate is a constant puzzle, and nothing closes and the time it rains, then merge the clothes, do not forget warm clothes.

Take light clothes, as St. Paul is a busy city and the tour that you need to make walking a lot, so always keep the Maximum comfort.

Give preference to tennis shoes and sandals low for greater comfort in the hour of walking. St. Paul is full of ups and downs, so prepare yourself physically well before any hike or ride.

Do not forget to bring sunscreen, an essential product in very hot, it´s always good to keep a special care of the skin.

If you go down the mountain in search of beaches, do not forget to bring your bikini. A very important tip is to take more than one in order to rotate the days in between them to stay on the beach and not fall into the routine.

Bring camera and camcorder, because St. Paul is a wonderful city and worth a record every little place there.

Do not forget to leave an empty space in the suitcase really cool because I´m sure you will want to bring many traditional trappings of the city of Sao Paulo.

History of São Paulo

The history of the city of São Paulo begins on January 25, 1554, when the Jesuits built a college where he was part of twelve priests, among them Manuel da Nobrega and Jose de Anchieta.

The college was intended to catechize the Indians who lived in the Plateau region of Piratininga, separated by the coastal Serra do Mar, called by the Indians of "Serra de Paranapiacaba."

The city got the name of St. Paul because the college was inaugurated on January 25, the day the Catholic Church celebrates the conversion of the Apostle Paul of Tarsus, and said Father Jose Anchieta in a letter to his superiors: A 25 January in the Year of our Lord 1554 we celebrate in very poor and very narrow house, the first mass, on the conversion of St. Paul and, therefore, we dedicate our home to him.

St. Paul remained for the next two centuries, as a poor, isolated village on the coast and kept by subsistence crops. São Paulo was for a long time, the only village in the interior of Brazil. This isolation of São Paulo was mainly because it was very difficult to climb the Serra do Mar walk from the town of Vila de Santos or São Vicente Piratininga Plateau.

On March 22, 1681, the Marquis de Cascais, donee Captaincy of São Vicente, moved the capital of the Captaincy of São Vicente to the village of São Paulo, which became the "Head of the captaincy." The new capital was installed on April 23, 1683, with large public celebrations.

By St. Paul to be the poorest region of the colony, began the activities of the scouts, where hunting of Indians who were sold as slaves. The discovery of gold in the region of Minas Gerais, in the 1690s was another means of survival for the Sao Paulo and had the attention of the kingdom to return to Sao Paulo.

Was created, then in November 3, 1709, the new Real Captaincy of São Paulo and Minas do Ouro, when they were bought by the Portuguese Crown, the Province of São Paulo and Santo Amaro Captaincy of his former grantees. On July 11, 1711, the village of São Paulo was elevated to city status. Soon after, around 1720, gold was found by explorers in the regions where they are now the city of Cuiabá and the City of Goiás, which has led to the expansion of the Brazilian territory beyond the line of Tordesillas.

After the Independence of Brazil, held what is now Monument Ipiranga, São Paulo received the title of Imperial City, granted by Dom Pedro I of Brazil in 1823. In 1827, there was the creation of legal courses at the Convent of San Francisco, which would result in the future Faculty of Law of the Largo de Sao Francisco. This gave a new impetus for growth in the city, with the flow of students and teachers, thanks to which the city is now called the Imperial City and Borough of St. Paul Student Piratininga.

Another factor of growth of Sao Paulo was the expansion of coffee production, initially in the Vale do Paraíba, and then in the regions of Campinas, Rio Claro, São Carlos and Ribeirão Preto. From 1869 onwards, St. Paul proceeds to benefit from a railroad that connects the interior of the province of Sao Paulo to the port of Santos, Santos-Railroad Jundiaí, called The English.

Emerge in the late nineteenth century, several other railroads connecting the interior of the state capital, São Paulo. São Paulo became then the focal point of all the railroads from the interior of the state. The production and export of coffee can to the city and the province of Sao Paulo, later called the State of São Paulo, a major economic and population growth.

In 1932, California mobilized in its largest civic movement: the constitutionalist revolution, when the entire population engages in war against the "Provisional Government" of Getúlio Vargas. In 1934, with the meeting of some colleges created in the nineteenth century and the creation of others, founded the University of Sao Paulo, the largest in Brazil today.

Another great industrial boom took place during the Second World War, due to the crisis in coffee production in the 1930s and restrictions on international trade during the war, which made the city has a rate of economic growth has remained very high high after the war.

In 1947, Sao Paulo won its first paved road, the Via Anchieta, built on the old route of the path of Father José de Anchieta, linking the capital to the coast. In the 1950s, California was known as the city that can not stop and as the fastest growing city in the world.

St. Paul held a big celebration in 1954, when the city celebrated its fourth centenary then opened the Ibirapuera Park, in addition to being launched many historical books about the city.

With the transfer, from the 1950s, part of the city´s financial center which is located in the historic center in a region called the Historic Triangle, to Avenida Paulista, their mansions were mostly replaced by large buildings.

In a book about tourism in the city of São Paulo, edited by the city of São Paulo in 1959, entitled Tourism News, which has its presentation by Mayor Ademar de Barros, California is presented as the fastest growing city in the world , The city of modern architecture, The city of bridges and viaducts and The City of Progress.

During the 1930s through the 1960s, the great entrepreneurs of the development of the city were Mayor Prestes Maia Francisco and Governor of the State of São Paulo Ademar de Barros, who was also mayor of Sao Paulo between 1957 and 1961. Prestes Maia designed and implemented in the 1930s, the Avenues Plan of São Paulo, which revolutionized the traffic in São Paulo.

Security of São Paulo

São Paulo has had the worst statistics. Today, crime was reduced by more than 50%, all due to state support, such as more police and mainly help people, both those who suffer some type of crime and for those acts.

More still, be careful and pay attention to everything around. Time to go for a walk, always remember to walk as naturally as possible. Does not show that you do not know the city and avoid walking carrying value objects and accessories such as watches, cameras and photographic portfolio.

The use of the grant have to be cautious, because Sao Paulo is a city crowded with people, so if you leave with bags, backpacks and bags, load them in front of you always, because there are gangs that apply blows to pedestrians.

When going to malls, restaurants and bars, give preference to the use of credit cards, calling less attention saves space, besides being safer. If driving, park in places reliable, and at night, avoid stopping at traffic lights with little movement around, the more you remember, cross the street carefully and always attentive to signals from other vehicles.

If you are using public transport, avoid using them after 22 hours and take care of the seats, give preference to the front seats of the bus and avoid walking past subway cars.
If you notice something strange search for the police station nearest you.

Useful Phone Numbers of São Paulo

Fire Department - 193

CET - 194

Comgás - 0800-110-197

Post Office - 0800-570-0100

Civil Defense - 199

Hotline - 0800-156-315

Eletropaulo - 0800-196-196

Pharmacies on duty - 136

Police Department - 147

Military Police - 190

Poupatempo - 0800-171-233

Emergency - 192

Sabesp - 195

Specialized Police Tourist Service
Rua Sao Bento, 398 - Centro
Tel: (11) 239-5822 - Extension 126 or 298
(11) 3107-5642 and 3107-8721 - Extension 218

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