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São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil, with 22 million people living in the suburbs. This is a real hive of people with a fun nightlife and intense cultural development. São Paulo is considered one of the richest cities in the southern hemisphere. Historically attractive to immigrants as well as Brazilians from other states, it is one of the most multicultural cities in the world.
Guarulhos opened in 1985 and has since become the busiest airport in Brazil. At the same time, outwardly, it can hardly match the description of “the country's main airport”.
In general, the airport is quite clean and tidy. There is enough entertainment for those who are bored while waiting for tourists. And you can even try to connect to Wi-Fi. But there are communication problems. Among the shortcomings of Guarulhos, most tourists note an intricate signpost scheme and difficulty in communicating with staff who often do not know English.
In addition, it is worth being prepared for the queues at the migration control. At the busiest airport in the country, you can stand on the way to the treasured window for about an hour.
Guarulhos Airport is 25 km away from the center of São Paulo. The main options for travel: train, bus and taxi.
A special bus runs from the airport to the nearest train station. And at the station tourists will find two different trains to the center: Express, which runs non-stop, and Connect with stops on the route. A trip by Express costs $ 2, and only local cash is accepted for payment. Connect will cost only $ 1. One way or another, you will reach the city in about 40 minutes.
São Paulo is probably one of the most underrated Brazilian cities when speaking about tourism. Usually people go to rest on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro or Salvador. But São Paulo has its own charm. Culinary traditions are actively developing here, various carnivals are held, and the local cultural life will surprise you with an abundance of events.
The main financial and cultural district of the capital attracts tourists due to the abundance of entertainment. Of course, it is full of shops and restaurants. But most importantly, here is the most famous museum of São Paulo MASP. This is one of the most visited museums in the world, which contains about 8,000 works of art. Moreover, you definitely should spend here at least half a day and carefully study everything.
If MASP is a modern building with unusual architecture, then Pinakoteka is a more classical building of the 19th century. It was the first art museum in São Paulo. Previously, technicians and artisans were trained at the Lyceum of Arts. Now Pinakoteka has not only artistic, but also historical value. And its large two-story atrium in a unique way allows you to enjoy exhibits in natural light.
São Paulo clearly marks the position of the gastronomic capital of the planet. There are 12.5 thousand restaurants with the most varied cuisine in this city. But you need to start, of course, with traditional dishes.
The first thing to do in São Paulo is to try Coxinha (pronounced ko-sheen-ya) because this is where this appetizer became popular. In fact, this is a pie in the form of a drumstick, filled with chicken meat, which is fried in oil until crisp.
Mortadella sausage sandwich is one of the typical São Paulo snacks. So many sausages, cheese and sauce are put in a bun so that it is already impossible to feel the taste of the bread itself. The most correct sandwich you can imagine.
Any local dish is called Feijoada. This is a stew with smoked pork, beef and black beans. Served most often with rice. And they eat this dish mainly on weekends, because after it you immediately want to sleep.