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São Paulo: Best Kept Secrets Small Group Walking Tour

1. São Paulo: Best Kept Secrets Small Group Walking Tour

The tour starts at the old historical part of São Paulo where you are going to understand, in a very fun and informative way, the fascinating facts of how this city became one of the 5 largest in the World. We'll visit some Cultural Centers, the City Hall, the Opera House and then inside the famous Galerias ending at the iconic Copan Building, designed by Oscar Niemeyer.

São Paulo: 5-Hour Private City Highlights Tour

2. São Paulo: 5-Hour Private City Highlights Tour

Get the best of São Paulo on this 5-hour guided city tour. Travel to the most impressive spots in the city, like the Japanese Neighborhood and the Municipal Market. Explore São Paulo's most influential historical periods and visit lesser-known gems along the way with your local guide. Start your guided adventure at the old center and explore São Paulo's vibrant Japanese neighborhood. Continue to Bairro da Luz and see an English train station built in 1901. As you stroll, your local guide will tell you the interesting facts and stories behind every turn. Step into the Pinacoteca, one of the most important Brazilian art museums, and admire the works of the Brazilian masters. Next, arrive at the famous Municipal Market. Here, take in the aromas from the colorful food stalls and try some authentic Brazilian cuisine. Stop at the best viewing points throughout the city to capture one-of-a-kind photos and discover hidden spots only locals know about.

São Paulo City: 5-Hour Private Tour

3. São Paulo City: 5-Hour Private Tour

Visit the main attractions of São Paulo for a great introduction to the city, and learn how a small village became one of the biggest and most diverse cities on the planet. With a population of over 11 million, São Paulo is the most cosmopolitan city in Brazil and attracts visitors from around the world. On this 5-hour tour priced for up to 2 persons you’ll see important landmarks, including the Neo-Gothic Catedral da Sé, completed in 1967 after more than 50 years of construction. Travel by air-conditioned vehicle, riding through the financial district, along Avenida Paulista. Visit the city’s most traditional food market and discover diverse neighborhoods, such as the Asian enclave of Liberdade, home to the largest Japanese population outside of Japan. You will also get to visit Vila Madalena, the artistic-bohemian neighbourhood of São Paulo. Get a better understanding of São Paulo’s cultural life, admiring Oscar Niemayer’s Edifício Copan and the concrete and glass São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP).

São Paulo: Downtown Walking Tour with Farol Santander Entry

4. São Paulo: Downtown Walking Tour with Farol Santander Entry

Begin your tour at Pátio do Colégio, where your guide will provide you with some historical background about the area. Then, move on to visit the Manor of the Marchioness of Santos, Sé Cathedral, Sé Square, Largo São Francisco Law School, and the FECAP - Fundação Escola de Comércio Álvares Penteado. Continue to see Brazil Bank's Cultural Center. You will make a quick stop here to use the toilets or grab a drink, before walking to the Stock Exchange. Take in a great view of the city at the Altino Arantes building and Farol Santander. Other sites you will pass on the tour include: the Martinelli building, the Monastery of Saint Benedict, the Sampaio Moreira building, and City Hall. The tour will finish at the Municipal Theater and you can admire its beautiful architecture.

Sao Paulo, Brazil 2 Hours - Breakfast Tour in Bom Retiro

5. Sao Paulo, Brazil 2 Hours - Breakfast Tour in Bom Retiro

Bom Retiro literally means "good place to rest" and this might be a great place for it until 200 years ago! The success of coffee production and the construction of the São Paulo Railway Company in 1847 strongly changed this area. Also, southern European migration which firstly interested this area, would be replaced by eastern European migration, mostly due to the 2 World Wars. Later on, other kind of migration would contribute to deeply changing this area. Bolivians, Koreans, and Brazilians from the North East are now the predominant inhabitants of this area.

São Paulo: City Highlights Private Guided Tour with Transfer

6. São Paulo: City Highlights Private Guided Tour with Transfer

Get acquainted with the metropolitan grandeur of São Paulo on a private guided tour with hotel transfers. Travel around in a comfortable vehicle, visiting prominent landmarks like Ibirapuera Park, Paulista Avenue, Jardins, and Sé Cathedral. Discover the intriguing history and heritage of the city. Following pickup, climb aboard your vehicle. Make a stop at Ibirapuera Park, admire the huge green space, and take a photo at the iconic monument symbol of São Paulo. Then, climb up to the terrace of the MAC Museum and enjoy a unique panoramic view of the city. Next, be driven along the iconic May 23 Avenue towards the Japanese neighborhood of Liberdade. Afterward, stop at the Sé Cathedral and continue on getting across the downtown passing by several historical buildings with a break at the Municipal Market. Continue to Paulista Avenue, the cultural heart of the city. Walk down the road to see movie theaters, cultural centers, shopping malls, parks, and remains of late 19th-century architecture. Then, visit the Jardins neighborhood with its upscale global eateries, chic sushi bars, and French bistros on and around the Rua Oscar Freire. Stop at Batman’s Alley lined with colorful graffiti. Learn about the local art scene and the cultural impact it has on the city through your guide's commentary.

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What are the best day trips and excursions from São Paulo?

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What people are saying about São Paulo

This is a must do tour for anyone staying in Sao Paulo for any amount of time. The city can be extremely intimidating due to its size, somewhat stark and potentially frightening nature. Andre was an amazing tour guide and had a lot of personal stories and details to add that really made this tour special. He had great historical information to pass on and some excellent recommendations. He was super friendly and his English was excellent. Would highly recommend. Might even hit Andre up for some other recommendations while we are here. Andre also runs a tour through a competing service, which is cheaper, but the groups can be up to 30. This was a perfect, small group size of 6.

I'd give a million stars if I could!!! I'm Brazilian and our guide Luis Paulo showed me a Sao Paulo I never got to know - I fell in love with the city. Since ours was a private tour, he customized our day to accommodate what we wanted to see, and because my parents are elderly. They also had a wonderful time rekindling with a city they used to live in but has changed so much. It was a memorable day I'll forever cherish! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!

Very comprehensive, interesting und impressive tour around São Paulo. Gil is an excellent guide, we can only highly recommend this tour with him! Enjoyed very much graffitis and Art spaces, and driving around the different areas of the city.

The guide was very personable, knowledgeable about the city and gave all kinds of interesting historical facts as well as up to date recommendations for restaurants, bars and things to see. Highly recommended

Excellent tour and guide. We got to see a lot of the city, learnt about how it became as it is now and had fun. Thank you.