São Paulo Travel Guide
São Paulo is all about size and dimension. It is the largest city in not only Brazil but all of South America. It has the biggest, richest, most active stock exchange in the Southern Hemisphere. It has what can only be described as an endless skyline, with skyscrapers on the horizon as far as the eye can see. It is a melting pot of monumental status, with the largest populations of Lebanese, Japanese, Portuguese, Italians and Germans outside of their respective homelands, and sizeable communities of Koreans, Jews, Greeks, Eastern Europeans and myriad other ethnicities besides. It is a city for the workaholic. It is a city for the business traveler with an expense account, catered to by high-end hotels and fine restaurants with prices to match. Which, however, does not imply that it has little to offer the accidental tourist. For it does: it has charming neighborhoods, architectural gems, resplendent parks and gardens known as "jardims," hip boutiques and atmospheric teashops, countless first-class museums and galleries, and colorful food and arts and crafts fairs and antique markets to revel in and explore. Ultimately, though, São Paulo can fairly be described as a megacity that can both overwhelm and delight, its offerings ladled out on a giant-sized platter.
São Paulo is located in the state of São Paulo in the southeastern part of Brazil, some 43 miles (70 km) from the Atlantic coast. It's perched on a plateau in the Brazilian Highlands at an average elevation of aprroximately 2,621 feet (799 m).
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