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The State of São Paulo

Area : 247,898 sq.km.
Population : 33,069,900
Capital : São Paulo
 

 

Founded in 1554, Sao Paulo now is the 3rd largest city in the world with over 20,000,000. Surprisingly it really did not begin to grow until 1890 based on the coffee business. It is the business and finance center of Brazil. A true melting pot it numbers over 1 million Japanese, 3 million Italians, 1 million Arabians, 1 million Portuguese, and 1 million Eastern Europeans. It has a wide variety of restaurants that range from Brazilian to Malaysian food (and everything in between). The Gardens district is the center of the dining scene, and thus the center of the Sao Paulo social scene. Paulistanos eat late, many restaurants don't even start serving until 9 PM, and it is common for them to stay open until 3 AM. Like New York, Sao Paulo never sleeps. There you can find anything from gyms to bookstores opened 24 hrs a day, hundreds of movie theaters, thousands of restaurants, stores, bars, and pubs. For nightlife its nightclubs have attracted some of the best performers in the world. There are 32 malls, countless department stores, and designer boutiques (such as Versace, Forum, Daslu, H.Stern, Chanel, Rauph Lauren, Armani, etc.). There are also several street fairs, and art exhibits throughout the city. Its museums are among the finest in South America. For the sun worshipper, its surrounding coastline is graced with many lovely beaches. Transportation befits a city of this size with a well developed road system, numerous and inexpensive taxis. Although we do not recommend that a foreign traveler use a rented car to get around the city, it suffers traffic problems like any big city and parking is a real challenge. It has 2 airports. One, in the city, provides domestic service with the international airport at some distance from the city center providing direct service to cities throughout the world. In addition it boasts one of the best subway systems to be found anywhere. Sao Paulo is be often called a concrete jungle, but actually this is one of the greatest cities in the world, come take advantage of what it has to offer!

 

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