What you do not know about São Paulo

Places and Outings

– Minhocão closes to cars and gives room for pet walks, hikes, and games during the night. The interdiction takes place from Monday to Friday, from 9:30 pm to 6 am, and Saturday from 3 pm to Monday 6:30 am.

– There are special theaters for mothers to take their babies with a fully prepared environment with adjusted sound and light, among other adaptations. CineMaterna shows movies to entertain parents, therefore, they are not necessarily for children.
– Cemeteries, crime scenes, and allegedly haunted places are part of macabre tours offered by some tourism agencies. In addition to terror, the attractions carry a little of the history of the city.
– As well as the classics, São Paulo still houses museums on various topics such as the museums of Tattoo, of Magic, of Watches, for the visually impaired, of Crime, among many others.
– It is possible to go on boat trips and even take a windsurfing course in the Guarapiranga dam.
– Even without excessively cold weather, there are ice-skating rinks assembled in malls and parks for all ages.
– You can enjoy more radical sports without leaving the city. There are gyms with structure to indoor climbing, with safety equipment and all the necessary supervision.
– There is horseback riding tours in the city. Located on the South zone, the Recanto dos Cavaleiros offers short, medium, and long horseback riding.
– São Paulo’s Stock Exchange is open for visits, with scheduling and guidance to allow visitors to learn more about the very important space.
– The State capital is bustling and busy, but counts with several spaces for relaxation, like temples for meditation. Solo Sagrado de Guarapiranga [Sacred Ground of Guarapiranga], which lies on the banks of the dam, is a place designed by the Japanese master Mokiti Okada especially for the practice.

Guarapiranga. Foto: Jose Cordeiro/ SPTuris.


– The Catedral da Sé [São Paulo Cathedral] as we know it today was only fully completed in 2004, when its two towers were finally constructed. Its construction began in 1912 and was opened in 1954.

Current Catedral da Sé. Photo: José Cordeiro/ SPTuris.

– The Iguatemi Mall was the first to be opened in the country, in 1966.
– São Paulo is Brazil’s 10th oldest settlement.
– The Trianon Park, located on the Paulista Avenue, has remaining vegetation from the Atlantic forest.
– The public markets take place since the mid-17th century.
– The first public library of the city was the Mário de Andrade Library, founded in 1925.
– One of the last remaining Atlantic forest vegetation in urban areas is in São Paulo, in Jaraguá. Since 1994, the region was declared as a world heritage site by Unesco as a biosphere reserve of the Atlantic forest.

Pico do Jaraguá. Foto: Jose Cordeiro/ SPTuris.

– In 1930, the Guapira neighborhood, in the North zone, had its name changed for the current one, Jaçanã, in reference to the riparian bird species that inhabits the region. The neighborhood was later immortalized by the song “Trem das Onze” [Eleven o’clock train], by Adoniran Barbosa.
– The name of the Sacomã neighborhood, in its turn, located on the city’s South Zone, comes from the surname of the French family Saccoman, in particular the brothers Antoine, Henry, and Ernest, founders of the first major ceramic products factory in Brazil.
– The neighborhood where today are PUC-SP and Tuca was born in mid-1850. At the time, the region was a large farm and its owner, Joaquim Alves Fidelis, raised a species of bird called perdiz [partridge], from which originated the name of the neighborhood: Perdizes.
– Jabaquara had the first operating subway station in São Paulo, as a prototype, in 1972. However, the first commercial trip happened only two years later and connected the neighborhood to the Vila Mariana subway station.
– The oldest favela of São Paulo dates from 1934 and is located on Tucuruvi, in the Barro Branco neighborhood, North zone.
– São Paulo’s first cemetery is located at the Consolação street, and it was founded in 1858.
– The Vila Formosa cemetery, on the East zone, on the other hand, possess the title of being Brazil’s largest cemetery. Its 87 thousand graves are distributed in an area of 760 thousand square meters.
– The largest housing complex of Latin America is in São Paulo, at Cidade Tiradentes. There are approximately 40 thousand units.
– The second busiest airport in the country refers to the title of Lucas Antônio Monteiro, the owner of the region and also known as Viscount of Congonhas (born in Congonhas do Campo, state of Minas Gerais).
– The first Zoo and the first zootechnical center of the city opened in 1892, in the place where today is located Aclimação Park.
– In 1954, the Honpa Hongwanji Temple was built in the Saúde neighborhood, linked to the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist school, founded over 700 years ago in Japan. Currently, the temple gathers the largest Buddhist organization in the country, with about of 100 thousand followers.

Curious Facts

– In 1918, the temperature dropped so much in the city that it almost “snowed”: whitish flakes began to fall from the sky. However, what really happened was a sublimation of fog, a rare meteorological phenomenon in the Southeast region of Brazil.
– Various touristic attraction of São Paulo are receiving special signage near traffic lights to guide pedestrians, such as Masp and Monumento às Bandeiras.
– São Paulo is the city with the largest Japanese, Lebanese, and Italian communities outside of their home countries.
– São Paulo is one of the gastronomic capitals of the world, with 12500 restaurants and 52 different types of cuisine.
– We have the 6th best restaurant in the world, D.O. M, of the chef Alex Atala. Maní is in 46th place, owned by chef Helena Rizzo.
– Approximately 1 million pizzas are consumed per day.

Expo Pizzaria: Jose Cordeiro/ SPTuris.

– We have also about 60 streets of specialized theme commerce, ranging from electronics to luxury items.
– We have some of the best nightclubs in the world, including D-Edge, located on Barra Funda, which is the 8th best electronic music nightclub.
– Despite being a big city, São Paulo conserves indigenous villages in Environmental Preservation Areas, located in the extreme south of the city which can be visited.
– There are three villages within the area of the city, with a total of 1,034 Indians of the mbya guarani ethnic group, on Jaraguá. There are also Tenondê Porã and Krukutu in the district of Parelheiros.
– It is possible to spot species of sloth in the Jardim da Luz and capivaras in the Pinheiros River.
– Without leaving the city, one can also see the sea (from Itanhaém) on trails of the Serra do Mar State Park, in Marsilac, in the extreme south of São Paulo.
– What is not possible to observe is the 13th floor in some buildings in the city. By superstition or triskaidekaphobia, in the North of the Centro Empresarial Nações Unidas, on Marginal Pinheiros, the 13th floor does not exist. Another site is the Banco Safra building, on the Paulista Avenue, which by order of Joseph Safra, also abolished the number.


– Founded on January 25th 1554, São Paulo is the 10th city town in the country.
– São Paulo is the most populous city of Brazil and of America, and the 7th in the world, with 11.3 thousand inhabitants.
– São Paulo has the largest fleet of helicopters in the world, with 411 helicopters and around 2.200 takeoffs and landings per day. On average, one landing every 45 seconds.
– The average altitude of São Paulo is 760 m and the highest point in the city is Pico do Jaraguá, in Serra da Cantareira, 1,135 meters high.
– As for the tallest building, it is the Mirante do Vale, which is located on the Praça do Correio, in São Paulo’s center, a building 170 m high and with 51 floors.
– Also in the Center, BM&FBOVESPA is the largest stock exchange in the Latin America and the 3rd largest in the world in terms of market value.


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