Find out how to enjoy the weekend in the largest city in Latin America

The city of Sao Paulo It is the capital of the state that bears the same name, the main financial and corporate center of Brazil, it is also the largest metropolitan city in Latin America. Among the commercial buildings, the gray city is also a cultural den, vibrating art and culture, as well as important historical points, not only for the history of the city but also of the country. Normally, the city is not seen as a tourist power for leisure, but to show the error, we have separated an itinerary to get to know, and fall in love with, Sao Paulo over the weekend.

2-day itinerary in São Paulo:

To incorporate the São Paulo rhythm, start the tour of the city's landmark. THE Paulista Avenue represents all that is Sao Paulo, in its 3 km of extension it is possible to experience the essence of São Paulo in its dozens of bars, restaurants, shops, shopping centers, museums, parks, bookstores, cultural centers, theaters, cinemas.. phew. Yes, Av. Paulista has all that and more, street artists and street vendors selling handicrafts, trinkets and souvenirs are also present throughout the day. With 200,000 residents, if the avenue were a city, it would be among the 150 largest in Brazil.

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A tour tip while on the avenue is to visit the Sao Paulo Museum of Art, or MASP, one of the most important cultural centers in Brazil. Its permanent collection has more than 10,000 pieces including paintings, sculptures, photographs and objects from all continents of the world, including pieces by great names in international and national art such as Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Candido Portinari and Anita Malafatti.

The next stop is historic, at Praça da Sé, just outside the Sé station on line-1 Blue of the Metro, is the Marco Zero of the city of São Paulo. A hexagonal monument that represents the most important roads that depart from SP to other states. But it's not the monument that draws attention, but the Sé Cathedral, the 4th largest neo-Gothic temple in the world, inaugurated in 1954 during the city's 400th anniversary. The church stands majestically where the first temple in the city of São Paulo was once built, in 1591, when the municipality was only 37 years old since its foundation. The church is divided into 5 naves and is adorned by 102 statues and 96 marble and bronze bas-reliefs.

Just an 11-minute walk away, you can reach another historic landmark in the capital of São Paulo, the Municipal market, better known as Mercadão, is considered one of the most beautiful places in the city for its Greek columns and more than 70 stained glass windows that illustrate the history of the city. In addition to being stunning, Mercadão is one of the main gourmet spots in São Paulo. In its more than 290 stalls you can find exotic fruits, juices and spices to wines, meats and vegetables. The mortadella sandwich and the codfish pastel are famous local dishes, so famous that they are already considered typical dishes of the city of São Paulo.

Sao Paulo Municipal Market. Photo: Fabio Bueno

End the night in one of the many bars in Vila Madalena, an upscale neighborhood in the city with easy access via the green line-2 of the Metro. The region is known for having the most popular bars and pubs in São Paulo.

The other day, start getting to know the other face of Sao Paulo, that of diversity. THE Liberty neighborhood it is where the Japanese immigrants who arrived in the mid-twentieth century were concentrated. The neighborhood houses the largest concentration of oriental culture in the city. Shops, restaurants and typical sweets along with the architecture and traditional Japanese lanterns are the biggest attraction of the place. On weekends, there is a craft fair in Praça da Liberdade, just outside the subway.

Liberty neighborhood. Photo: Francisco Aragão

One of the postcards of the city of Sao Paulo it is one of the busiest stations in the city. Built as a railway station in 1901 to Light Station it was once the most important train stop in the capital of São Paulo.

The station reflects the historical moment in which it was built, highlighting the power of coffee in the city's expansion trajectory. Built next to Jardim da Luz, for decades its tower dominated part of the central landscape of São Paulo. His watch was the main benchmark for setting clocks in the city.

Today Luz Station is part of Line 11-Coral of CPTM and Line 1-Blue of the Metro. And it also offers a tourist tour to other historic stations, the Tourist Express is a tourist line already in operation that makes trips connecting Luz Station, in São Paulo, Paranapiacaba and Jundiaí.

If you came to the city looking to party, be sure to visit Baixo Augusta, Rua Augusta and surroundings where you can find cinemas, theaters, bars and some of the liveliest clubs in the city. The nightlife in São Paulo is considered the 4th best among the capitals of the world and the establishments of Baixa Augusta are largely to blame.

But if you are looking for tranquility, São Paulo also has a program for you. spend the day in Ibirapuera park It is one of the most beloved itineraries of the people of São Paulo. The first and most important metropolitan park in São Paulo is a corner of nature right in the heart of the stone jungle. A great destination whether to do the daily walk, picnic, bird watch, walk the dog and even go to the museum. The park's central lake has fountains that perform the most beautiful shows of water and light, and are open every day of the week.

Ibirapuera's Park. Photo: Pedro Machado

Read too:

» See the main attractions to visit in downtown São Paulo
» Guide to Museums in the City of São Paulo
» Getting to know Liberdade, the Japanese quarter of São Paulo
» Guided tour on the terrace of the Martinelli Building in São Paulo
» 7 tourist places to visit in São Paulo

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