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São Paulo City Tour: MASP, Paulista Avenue and More

1. São Paulo City Tour: MASP, Paulista Avenue and More

During this 5-hour city tour you’ll see the top landmarks and monuments of São Paulo accompanied by a local guide. There will be a number of stops along the route to visit sites of particular interest. The first stop on the tour is at the Pacaembu Football Stadium, located near Charles Miller Square. You’ll have the opportunity to visit inside the stadium. Continue to Paulista Avenue, the business center of the city, and see the MASP, Trianon Park and other important buildings. Visit the House of Roses, a historical structure from the country’s coffee era. The next stop will be in the Ibirapuera area. Stop to take photos at Ibirapuera Park and of monuments such as the Obelisk, Bandeiras Monument and the Palácio 9 de Julho. Finally you’ll reach downtown São Paulo, where the city was founded. Drive through the Liberdade neighborhood (Japanese town) and stop to visit the Sé Cathedral and the Pátio do Colégio. If you like you can try a local coffee drink at a coffee shop. The tour continues, crossing the old center, and passing by the Church and Monastery of St. Benedict, Municipal Theater, Anhangabaú Valley, Republic Square, Duque de Caxias Monument, São Paulo Concert Hall and other important historic buildings. Finish off with a visit to the Luz railway station and see the Luz Park and the Pinacoteca.

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São Paulo: 20-Minute Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

2. 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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Santa Teresa & Lapa With Tram Ride And Selarón Steps

3. Santa Teresa & Lapa With Tram Ride And Selarón Steps

Begin your tour at Downtown (“Centro”), where you will get the tram (“bondinho”) to the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa. You will drive over the Arcos da Lapa, the aqueduct used to connect water from Santa Teresa to Downtown and one of Rio’s most traditional postcards. At Santa Teresa, you will experience an interesting local atmosphere. Walk through the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa, a bucolic area in Rio de Janeiro. Located on a hillside, Santa Teresa has become a district of cultural interest because of its architectural value and prime location, famous for its winding, narrow cobblestone streets and a favourite spot for artists and tourists. A flair similar to Montmartre, in Paris. You will visit the Ruins Park, a public park with an art gallery built around the ruins of a mansion. (Please note that Ruins Park is closed on Sundays.) Take a minute to enjoy the city’s landscape, in particular the Downtown area and the Sugarloaf Mountain. Up next, you will walk down the colorful Selarón Steps, one of Rio’s landmarks, and arrive at the district of Lapa, the zone with the most traditional nightlife. Take a stroll in the Passeio Público, the oldest public park in South America, to reach Cinelândia, a lively spot in Rio thanks to its bars, restaurants, and cultural attractions. Among many remarkable constructions in the area, you will notice the Theatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro’s most traditional theatre and opera house, as well as the Biblioteca Nacional, Brazil’s most important library. Your last stop will be at Confeitaria Colombo, a permanent member of all must-see cafés rankings around the world. Enjoy the opulent art nouveau decoration with huge stained glass, tiles, and mirrors imported from France, Portugal, and Belgium. You can finish your tour tasting one of the Brazilian traditional snacks – such as the coxinha de frango (‘little chicken thigh’) – or desserts – such as the brigadeiro (‘brigadier’) in what was one of Rio de Janeiro’s most prestigious places at the beginning of the 20th Century. (Please note that Confeitaria Colombo is closed on Sundays.)

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São Paulo: Downtown Historical Bike Tour

4. 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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Rio de Janeiro: Historic Rio and Santa Teresa Half-Day Tour

5. Rio de Janeiro: Historic Rio and Santa Teresa Half-Day Tour

Following pickup from your accommodation, head to the historic center of Rio de Janeiro. Consisting of centuries-old buildings and roads, the historic center of Rio best illustrates the most important chapters of Brazil’s history.  See the contrast of new and old architecture at XV de Novembro Square. Continue to Cinelândia Square until you reach the famous Carioca Aqueduct (Arcos de Lapa) in Lapa. Admire the historic beauty as you continue to Santa Teresa by car. Enjoy the winding narrow streets and colorful buildings of bohemian Santa Teresa, famous for its bars, galleries, ateliers, and the 19th-century Santa Teresa tram. From the top of Santa Teresa Hill, enjoy some of Rio’s finest views and look across Guanabara Bay.  Take in the panoramic views of the city from the Parque das Ruínas, located in the ruins of an old mansion belonging to Laurinda Santos. The mansion has been partially restored and is now used as a cultural center hosting various exhibitions and events.

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São Paulo: Best Kept Secrets Small Group Walking Tour

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

Meet your group at the meeting point, and begin your 3-hour tour inside São Paulo Cathedral, an impressive Neo-Gothic temple that can take up to 5,000 people at the same time. Then, see the famous Ground Zero, the geographical center of the city with a lot of curious stories about it. Wander through alleys and narrow streets with a lot of different architecture styles. From classical to modernist, from colonial to art-deco. Dive into the countless gallerias full of old-fashioned shops and even thematic shops, such as the worldwide famous Rock N' Roll Galeria in the heart of São Paulo. Finally, be mesmerized by the amazing 360-degree view from the most iconic building in Brazil, the great Copan designed by Oscar Niemeyer.

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São Paulo: City Sightseeing Minivan Tour

7. São Paulo: City Sightseeing Minivan Tour

Meet at your choice of either the Hotel Gran Estanplaza, or the Hotel Unique. Embark on a 7-hour guided tour which will take you through the city. Explore the Paulista Ave. area, the sophisticated south and southwest areas of São Paulo. Walk through business districts such as Brooklin and Itaim Bibi. Visit historical sites such as Sampaio Moreira building, City hall, Tea Viaduct, Shopping Light. See 25 must-see São Paulo attractions on 1 tour. Stop and marvel at historic buildings including Italian Terrace, Copan, and Eiffel. Feel the vibrance of the city as you discover streets such March 25th St., May 23rd Ave., Oscar Freire St., and Europa Ave. Visit must-see sights like the Obelisk, Bandeiras Monument and Ibirapuera Park. Marvel at religious sites such as Sé Cathedral, Saint Benedict Monastery, Church Nossa Sra. do Brasil. Enjoy time for shopping, photos, and eating as you explore the city. Learn how São Paulo started as a small village and became the largest city in the Southern hemisphere, and one of the largest cities in the world.

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São Paulo City: 5-Hour Private Tour

8. 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).

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Rio de Janeiro: Sacro, Bucolic, and Handicrafts Market Tour

9. Rio de Janeiro: Sacro, Bucolic, and Handicrafts Market Tour

The São Bento Monastery was built in 1671 by the Benedictine Order. The monastery church is gorgeous and rich and its interior is covered in gold powered. Every Sunday the Benedictine monks present the traditional Mass in a Gregorian chant at 10:00 sharp. Santa Teresa, a bucolic district on a hillside, is known for its crocked houses, steep streets and tile decorated stairways, Rio’s bohemian neighborhood. Rio’s Santa Teresa tram (when available), has been preserved both as a piece of history and as a quick, fun, cheap way of getting to one of the most quirky parts of town. The Hippie fair has become a mandatory touristic visit. There the visitors will find bronze and wood sculptures, oil paintings, silver objects, hand-painted porcelains, fabrics, leather clothes, shoes, handbags, several souvenirs and typical Brazilian food and handicraft of all kinds. This 4-hour tour operates on Sundays and it includes hotel pickup and drop off. A minimum of 2 people per booking is required.

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Santos: Private 8-hour São Paulo Overview

10. Santos: Private 8-hour São Paulo Overview

This tour is designed to be totally flexible, featuring a broad range of possible sights to see, activities to do, or topics to explore in São Paulo based on your interests and available time. You can either follow your guide's suggested itinerary, or just select specific sights focusing more on culture, history, and social-economic aspects of the city and Brazil. Also on offer to immerse yourself in are the topics of local architecture, street art, local crafts and design, fashion, photography, business, sports, LGBTQ culture, nature, and religion. Alternatively, you can go shopping, uncover local gastronomy, and engage in local art. Your guide will be at your disposal throughout your entire experience.  Some suggested sites include Ibirapuera Park, Obelisk, the Bandeiras Monument, the Assembly Seat, the Contemporary Art Museum, the Liberdade Neighborhood, the Sé Cathedral, and the Brooklin neighborhood, among many more.

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What people are saying about Southeast Region, Brazil

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 55 reviews

We had a great tour with Ricardo! He gave us lots of interesting information about the old part of Rio and Downtown. We learned a lot. The Museum of Tomorrow was just awesome and impressive. It was the best museum I’ve ever visited. C2RioTours was extremly reliable and punctual when it came to the pickup and dropoff at the hotel. Thanks to Ricardo for being such a great guide. We enjoyed very much☺️

I'm not going to be more original than all the other reviews because André is really an excellent guide, passionate about what he does. This small-group tour is ideal and also allows you to interact with the other participants. To recommend and to do !! Thank you André for the guided tour.

Andre was truly knowledgeable with the history and facts of the city. He took us to places which are not mentioned in travel articles. Ask him about free museums etc. i highly recommend you take this tour first and the venture on your own after. Thanks Andre!

Mauricio was a great tour guide. He answered all our questions and gave us also good insights into the Brazilian culture. We loved this tour!

Great guide Luis told us a lot about the city and replied all our questions!