São Paulo
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Our most recommended São Paulo Walking Tours

São Paulo: Downtown Historical Bike Tour

1. São Paulo: Downtown Historical Bike Tour

Begin your tour on Paulista Avenue, one of the city​'s​ most famous landmarks. Utilizing the city’s network of bike lanes, head to the Liberdade neighborhood, traditionally the Japanese district of the city, before heading downtown, crossing its bustling streets, squares, and​ viaducts. In the heart of São Paulo, pass by the Sé Cathedral, College Square and the Municipal Theater, among many other iconic buildings. All the while, listen to your expert, São-Paulo-born guide narrate the journey, imparting insights into the city’s past and present.  Along the approximately 10-mile ride, there will be multiple stops to take photos, chat about the architecture, or even sip an iced tea to cool off. With options to choose between a morning, afternoon, or evening tour, you can easily customize the activity to your schedule and preferences.

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São Paulo: Liberdade & Bixiga Street Food Tour on Sundays

2. São Paulo: Liberdade & Bixiga Street Food Tour on Sundays

Start your tour by meeting your fun and friendly guide in Liberdade Square. After your meet-and-greet, head off on your tasty walking tour of two famous São Paulo neighborhoods, Liberdade and Bixiga. Get ready to taste Japanese pastel with sugar cane juice, discover Brazilian sushi and get a sandwich with carne louca before ending with a cannoli. Start your tour in the neighborhood of Liberdade where your guide will give you a fascinating historical introduction. Shortly after, venture to one of the neighborhood's most bustling places and start your snacking adventure. Whilst in Liberdade, your guide will explain to you the history of the very prevalent Japanese influence on the area. After your snacks, you'll partake on a walk to spot places of architectural beauty and discover just what kind of people live in this area.  Next, continue your tour to Bixiga, a distinctly Italian neighborhood where you will get to visit the flea market in Don Orione Square and, eat once again. After your meal, as you walk along the main street you will end the tour at the Achiropita Church, just in time for a delicious lunch.

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From São Paulo: Aparecida Cathedral Tour

3. 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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São Paulo: Paulista Avenue Walking Tour

4. São Paulo: Paulista Avenue Walking Tour

Begin your tour at Japan House on the remarkable Paulista Avenue, where your guide will provide you with some historical background on the area. Continue on a walking tour that is sure to impress you not only with its appearance, but also with its rich history. First up see the Santa Catarina Hospital, Casa das Rosas, Sesc Avenida Paulista, street artist Eduardo Kobra's murals, Itau Cultural Institute, State School Rodrigues Alves, and the Pasteur Institute.   This tour offers stops en route for pictures, contemplation, exploration, snacks, and a little souvenir shopping. Paulista Avenue is home to outstanding happenings that draw millions of people throughout the entire year.   Continue to see the FIESP Building, the São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP), Trianon Park, July 9 belvedere viewpoint, Gazeta Building, Alameda Ministro Rocha Azevedo, Residência Joaquim Franco de Melo, Augusta Street, Conjunto Nacional and Livraria Cultura book store, and the Instituto Moreira Salles. Get to know all about the history of this area while walking at a smooth pace with several stops.

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Welcome to São Paulo: Private Walking Tour with a Local

5. Welcome to São Paulo: Private Walking Tour with a Local

Find your way around São Paulo with a friendly local on a fantastic orientation tour, and see the sights that you want to see on a customized walk. Meet at the location where you are staying to familiarize yourself with the neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat and buy groceries with a guide who is passionate about their city and eager to share all the tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay. Discover the easiest ways to get around, along with the top things to see and do. Feel more confident about navigating the city on your own by the end of your tour, and arm yourself with all the information you need to get the best out of the city.

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São Paulo History Center Walking Tour

6. São Paulo History Center Walking Tour

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.

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São Paulo: 3-Hour Downtown Discovery Tour with Guide

7. São Paulo: 3-Hour Downtown Discovery Tour with Guide

Explore the "new' center and learn about the historic downtown district of São Paulo. With your licensed guide, explore the areas which have been home to many immigrant communities such as Italian, Japanese, Syrian, Lebanese, and many others. As well as learning about the cultural makeup of the city, see many notable landmarks. Learn more about places such as the Municipal Theatre, the Copan Building, San Francisco Convent, and the Martinelli Building. Discover the history the Tupi tribe who once called the area home, as well as the story of the first skyscraper of Latin America.

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São Paulo: Paulista Avenue Highlights Walking Tour

8. São Paulo: Paulista Avenue Highlights Walking Tour

Avenida Paulista has represented the economic center of the city of São Paulo from the 50s until today. The modern age finds it littered with skyscrapers and banks, a development of which your guide explains to you throughout this guided tour. Walk along what was the old Avenida path when this was a rural area, using your imagination to understand how strongly change has affected the area. Encounter the Instituto Moreira Salles, a brand-new cultural center dedicated to cinema and photography. Your tour then concludes at the Casa das Rosas, which is one of the most recent examples of Paulista architecture of the last century. Talk about coffee, business, and architecture, as your guide describes to you how the economic boom and the growing economic spiral of the last 150 years have made São Paolo one of the most important cities in the world.

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São Paulo: 5-Hour Private City Highlights Tour

9. 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.

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São Paulo: 2 Hour Off-the-Beaten-Path Graffiti Walking Tour

10. São Paulo: 2 Hour Off-the-Beaten-Path Graffiti Walking Tour

São Paulo is literally an explosion of the most diverse and interesting street art. Here in São Paulo, street art means politics, expression, social and sexual inclusion as well as the finest way of doing advertisement. Follow your local guide as they show you many of the most significant and popular murals in the city. Walk through the city, discover its culture, and learn the stories behind the works. A lot of graffiti has a social purpose and intended effect on the community, this tour is a fantastic way to open a discussion about it and hear what your guide and the rest of the group has to say.  This tour is for those who want to dive a little further and discover the true reality behind this city.

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What people are saying about São Paulo

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 39 reviews

Absolutely funny and useful

It was a very useful and funny tour through the old town of São Paulo, with a Great Person–thank you Tamara! I also got some good informations for Bars, Restaurants and Shops for the next day(s)

Very tasty and informativ. Thanks Giuliano for the insights to streetfood of SP! Grazie

Knowledge tour guide made it very enjoyable and tailored to us, thank you.

Very nice visit with a friendly and very knowledgeable guide.