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São Paulo: 20-Minute Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

1. São Paulo: 20-Minute Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

Your aviation adventure begins at Campo de Marte Helipad with a safety briefing before you board the helicopter and set off for a bird's eye view tour of São Paulo. As you fly over this vibrant city, admire unforgettable panoramic views of the landscape below and appreciate this truly unique experience. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to marvel at the valleys, buildings, and iconic landmarks of the city from the skies. On this magnificent adventure, enjoy the unique opportunity to fly over the beloved city of São Paulo aboard a wonderful Robinson helicopter. From the sky, see the main city sights including Sé Cathedral, the Ipiranga Museum, Paulista Avenue, Ibirapuera Park, the Municipal Theater, Luz Station, the Municipal Market, Pacaembu Stadium, the Anhangabaú Valley, the Copam Building and much more.

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From São Paulo: Santos, São Vicente & Guarujá Day Trip

2. From São Paulo: Santos, São Vicente & Guarujá Day Trip

This tour starts in Santos Downtown with a tram ride through the historical center to see the main squares, important buildings, churches, monuments and historical landmarks of the city. After that, the tour continues to Itararé beach located in São Vicente city, where you'll stop to take pictures and free time to enjoy the beach or to go on a optional ride by cable car from Itararé beach to the top of Itararé Hill, where you can marvel at a beautiful view over São Vicente coast and Porchat Island. The next stop will be at the Japanese culture viewpoint to overlook the coast with all the beaches of Santos. In the afternoon, visit the Campina viewpoint in Guaruja where you can enjoy a panoramic view over Enseada beach and Stones Hill. The tour will stop next on Enseada beach to have some lunch, relax on the beach and take a fresh bath in the crystal clear water.

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São Paulo: Rural Coffee Farm Tour with Breakfast and Lunch

3. São Paulo: Rural Coffee Farm Tour with Breakfast and Lunch

If you only have a short time in São Paulo and want to venture off the beaten track, this private full day-tour of a coffee farm is a perfect choice. Get to know the rural charms of Brazil in a farm located in Itu, 1 hour and 20 minutes away from the center of São Paulo. Upon arrival, a flavorful full breakfast at the farmhouse will fill you up and get you ready for a packed day of exploring. After breakfast, learn how the farm has changed character over the years.  Next, head inside the main farmhouse to discover the original features, such as roof tiles molded on the thighs of black slave women. Then take an informative tour to learn all about the process of harvesting and roasting coffee beans, and all the work involved in the production of coffee. Visit the coffee warehouse, coffee machines, former slave quarters. Meet with local farmers and hear about the important role that coffee has played in the history and development of modern day Brazil. Then join a guided walk along forested trails to reach a breathtaking viewpoint. The coffee shop offers the opportunity to try out different types and aromas of coffees, grounded right before drinking. In addition, you can try coffee liqueur, jabuticaba fruit, handmade cachaça, papaya candies, pickles, honey and much more. Take a pause for an enjoyable lunch break and taste typical Brazilian countryside cuisine, surrounded by nature. If you feel like it, you can take a dip in the pool before heading back to your hotel in São Paulo.

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São Paulo: Campos do Jordão 'the Brazilian Switzerland' Tour

4. São Paulo: Campos do Jordão 'the Brazilian Switzerland' Tour

Arrive in Campos do Jordão and enjoy a city tour to the main sights and neighborhoods. During the tour, make a stop at the Boa Vista Palace, which is the palace of the Governor of the State of São Paulo. Afterwards, continue with your city tour and pass by the English village and stop at the dammed waterfall of Ducha de Prata, where today there is a handicrafts fair and a large variety of shops.  Then in the afternoon, visit the Villa Capivari, the tourist center of the city. Here you will have free time to enjoy some lunch and other local attractions like a cable car or horse ride. You'll finish the trip with a visit to a typical chocolate factory.

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From São Paulo: Santo Amaro Island & Wild Beaches Day Trip

5. From São Paulo: Santo Amaro Island & Wild Beaches Day Trip

Arrive in Bertioga city and cross by ferry to the north of Santo Amaro Island. Then receive safety instructions from your guide. Now you are ready for your hike! Start on the first stretch of the trail called Hans Staden Trail to the first beach - White Beach. Walk across the beach and continue the trail to the second beach, the Black Beach, where you can also stop to take a refreshing bath in the Atlantic Ocean. Then head to the Camburi waterfall. Here you may also enjoy a refreshing bath. After that, hike to the third and last beach, Camburizinho. After that, return to the White Beach where you'll have free time to enjoy the place.

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From São Paulo: Aparecida Cathedral Tour

6. From São Paulo: Aparecida Cathedral Tour

After pickup from your hotel in São Paulo at 7:30 AM, begin your tour of one of the most important religious sites in South America. Approaching the city of Aparecida, you’ll make a stop at the Itaguaçu Port to learn the history of the Virgin Mary statue to which the Aparecida Cathedral is dedicated. Found by fishermen in the 18th century, the miracles surrounding the statue quickly caused the city to become an important site of religious pilgrimage. In 1955, plans for the cathedral were unveiled, and it was consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1980. After leaving the Itaguaçu port, you’ll head to Aparecida’s historic center for a tour of the cathedral. Walk the immense grounds before heading into the basilica itself, marveling at the nearly 250-foot-tall dome and sprawling main hall, capable of holding 30,000 parishioners. See the original Virgin Mary statue, and watch the spectacle that is the church’s mass. After your tour, enjoy some free time to explore the town, grab a bite to eat, or view the nativity exhibition on Olive Trees Mountain. Afterwards, you’ll be driven back to your accommodation.

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From São Paulo: Santos and Guarujá Private Full-Day Tour

7. From São Paulo: Santos and Guarujá Private Full-Day Tour

Following pick-up from your hotel in São Paulo, journey to the coastal cities of Santos and Guarujá, approximately 80 kilometers from the capital. Relax in air-conditioned comfort on the 1-hour drive through expansive sections of the Atlantic Forest, and then discover the largest maritime port in Latin America upon arrival at Santos. Marvel at the countless shipping containers and cargo vessels in the Port of Santos, where thousands of immigrants arrived in Brazil at the end of the 19th century to work on the great coffee plantations. Get to know the main tourist attractions of the city, both in the historic city center and on the edges of the city. Learn how coffee production influenced the local way of life and customs, and hear more about the important historical figures of the area who affected not only the state of São Paulo but the country as a whole. Then, take the ferry to Guarujá on Santo Amaro Island, known for its large selection of beaches, restaurants and lookout points. Since the 1970s, following a boom in the local real estate market, the island has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state of São Paulo. Go to a lookout point to get some amazing views and take some excellent souvenir photographs. Stop at an excellent local restaurant to enjoy the local seafood before making your way back to São Paulo.

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São Paulo: Full-Day Guided City Tour from the Port of Santos

8. São Paulo: Full-Day Guided City Tour from the Port of Santos

You’ll begin your tour by being picked up as soon as you disembark your cruise ship, enjoying a private transfer to São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city. The route of your journey will be a memorable one, traveling on Serra do Mar road alongside a pristine forest reserve. Once in São Paulo, you’ll first start by visiting the downtown area, the Liberdade neighborhood, where the Japanese settled in São Paulo at the beginning of the 20th century. Your next stop will be a prominent municipal market in town, the best place to get in touch with a whole range of local products and to learn something about São Paulo culture and gastronomy. After this, you'll pass by the renowned Paulista Avenue, located in one of the city’s bustling financial districts before stopping off at Ibirapuera Park, an area of lush greenery spanning 158 hectares that was inaugurated in 1954. When the tour finishes, you’ll be driven back to the port of Santos.

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São Paulo: Private 3-Hour Architecture Tour

9. São Paulo: Private 3-Hour Architecture Tour

São Paulo has a wide mixture of architectural styles that vary from colonial buildings made out of organic materials to different European styles that have been strongly developed in Brazil since the middle of the XIX century. You can see all of these types of buildings and more during a 3-hour architecture tour. On your excursion, you will see samples of Colonial, Neoclassic, Eclectic, Art Noveau, Art Deco, Neocolonial, Modernist, Brutalism, and Contemporary architecture that coexist within the city. Learn more about famous architects who have done important projects in São Paulo, such as Ramos de Azevedo, Oscar Nyemeyer, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Vilanova Artigas, Lina Bo Bardi, Ruy Othake, Isay Weinfeld, and many others, discovering how they helped the city to become an impressive and vibrant architectural destination.

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São Paulo Street Art Tour

10. São Paulo Street Art Tour

See some of São Paulo’s most famous works of art on this graffiti tour of the city. São Paulo is proud of its various murals and public art pieces which they call “grafites”, and they are protected and revered by the local people. There are many well-known artists all with varying styles, which will be explored on this street art tour. Your guide will talk you through each artist and style, while giving you a narrative of its rich history in the process. Visit downtown São Paulo, including the neighborhoods of Vila Madalena, the main bohemian area of the city. Once you’ve been introduced to the art, the tour will finish at a Street Art Gallery, where you can browse the various pieces and learn more about this unique art form.

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What people are saying about São Paulo

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 66 reviews

My tour guide Mauricio Vergnano was the best of the best he is a great person!! He is so knowledgeable, intelligent and funny, the tour was brilliant, excellent, GREAT because of Mauricio Vergnano tour guide and how Beautiful Campos do jordao is, it's a must see once in your life you will not be disappointed...

There is not so much to see in Santos as the old town is almost deserted. But Sao Vicente and Guaruja are nice with pleasant views and beaches. The day is not packed with activities but our guide kept us entertained and he was able to provide various information. Otherwise well organise, pick up on time

Tour was fantastic, pilot was a class-act and everyone was incredibly helpful and friendly. 5 Star experience for sure. If you are like me and enjoy starting off your visits to new cities by helicopter tour, this is an excellent company to work with.

Mauricio Vergnano my tour guide was GREAT the best of the best GREAT person and so knowledgeable, intelligent, funny, awesome, Amazing, brilliant, excellent day trip,,, I would do this trip again...

Awesome flight, organization and views. Better to fly in the evening, a lot of light