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São Paulo (map) is the largest Portuguese-speaking city in the world and the most populous city in Brazil, the Americas, the Western Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere.

In 2016, inhabitants of the city were native to over 200 different countries. São Paulo is a cosmopolitan, melting pot city, home to the largest Arab, Italian, Japanese, and Portuguese diasporas, with examples including ethnic neighborhoods of Mercado (map), Bixiga (map), and Liberdade (map) respectively. São Paulo is home to the largest Japanese population outside Japan.

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São Paulo is the most visited city of Brazil, but mostly because of business and event tourism, with many of the visitors not taking much effort to explore the city. Those who do so may, however, discover one of the most complex and fascinating cities of the world, where even nearby areas may look and feel like a different city.

Although the first impression might be that of a grey concrete jungle, soon it becomes apparent that the city has a great number of pockets of beauty, and fantastic places (and not always expensive) to dine, drink and hang out.

 !  Visitors should avoid walking in deserted areas at night, or at least avoid walking alone. Buses are reasonably safe, but waiting alone at a bus stop at night is not. The metro is always safe, but commuter trains that go to peripheral areas can be dangerous late at night. Avoid using expensive clothes and jewelry that make you stand out.

*Downtown (map) The birthplace and administrative center of the city, containing most of the city’s historical heritage and showcasing the overwhelming variety of the city’s architecture. It is certainly intimidatingly run-down at many places, but has an unmatched variety of cultural attractions.

The *Avenida Paulista (map), considered by many as the city’s main landmark, is between the Center, West, and South-Central regions. It is one of the city’s main business centres as well as one of the main cultural and entertainment areas.

The city has a large number of museums and art galleries. Among the museums in the city are São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP, map), the Ipiranga Museum (map), the Museum of Sacred Art (map), the Museum of the Portuguese Language, the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (map), among other renowned institutions.

The Ema Gordon Klabin Cultural Foundation (map) opened to the public in March 2007. Its headquarters is a 1920s mansion. It houses 1545 works, including paintings by Marc Chagall, Pompeo Batoni, Pierre Gobert and Frans Post.

Museu da Imagem e do Som (Image and Sound Museum. map) preserves music, cinema, photography and graphical arts. MIS has a collection of more than 200,000 images.

Same-sex civil unions have been legal in the whole country since May 5, 2011, while same-sex marriage in São Paulo was legalized on December 18, 2012. Since 1997, the city has hosted the annual São Paulo Gay Pride Parade, considered the biggest pride parade in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records with over 5 million participants, and typically rivalling the New York City Pride March for the record.

São Paulo is known for its rapidly changing weather. Locals say that all four seasons can be experienced in one day, similar to Melbourne, Australia.

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 BUS >    Tietê Bus Terminal, map. Buses are the most popular way to get around the city. Even though drivers really step on it through the bumpy streets of São Paulo, buses are not the fastest way to get around.

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 AIRPORTS >   Most all airports with regular passenger traffic are operated by the federal – Infraero. They have a very convenient website, with an English version. By far, the largest international airport in Brazil is São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport + São Paulo–Congonhas Airport.

 WATERWAYS >   In northern Brazil, it is possible to travel many distances by boat. In fact, the boat is the main and most accessible means of transport to get around the Amazon, since the Amazon Forest is cut by many rivers and some cities are inaccessible by road. The best boat services in the country are in the Amazon, where you can ride on speedboats and comfortable yachts or small wooden boats.