founded in 1554 by the Jesuits, San Paulo, Brazil is located
on a plateau that sits 2,493 feet above see level and 45
minutes from the coast.
Considered a mission center years ago for Indians and
early settlers, San Paulo was for a long time, a small,
sleepy town. However, sometime around 1850, the city began to expand, due
primarily from high yielding coffee plantations. As the revenue from coffee export skyrocketed, the population
grew to where it is today, a large financial and industrial
center and more than 20 million people calling it home.
San Paulo manufacturers so much and is also a successful
exporter, it is a very wealthy state with a Gross National
Profit of $350 billion, more than one-third of Brazil’s
$1.1 trillion Gross National Profit.
All around San Paulo are very affluent areas that are
truly beautiful. Interesting,
many of these smaller towns were settled by Europeans and
have the charm and sophistication of the European
architecture and style.
Two of the most important cities along the shoreline
of Sao Paulo are Santos and Guaruja.
In fact, Guaruja is kind of touristy while Santos
features one of the world’s largest ports.
Paulo, Brazil is a dynamic place again, known as South
America’s financial center and second worldwide.
What is so interesting about San Paulo is that
instead of importing things such as planes, cars, computers,
clothing, and so on, they manufacturer their own. The agribusiness there is also very strong where you will
find some of the most impressive and modernized farms ever,
growing everything from sugarcane, oranges, coffee, fruits,
fascinating aspect of San Paulo, Brazil is that more than
one million of the population is the Japanese, making this
the largest Japanese population outside of Japan.
However, the population as a whole is comprised of
more than 70 different nationalities from Europeans to
Koreans to Hispanics to Jews and Africans, among others.
Because of this, the food in San Paulo is absolutely
wonderful and diverse.
Therefore, if you enjoy dining out and experiencing
authentic ethnic food, you will have your choices of
thousands and thousands of fabulous restaurants.
Rio de Janeiro, San Paulo is a city that never sleeps.
Therefore, if you have trouble sleeping, just walk to
the 24-hour bookstore.
If you want to see a movie at 3:00 in the morning, no
problem and the same is true for shopping malls,
restaurants, bars, and so on. In
addition to the shops, you will also find exciting street
fairs and exhibits located throughout the city.
Other popular activities include a trip to one of the
15 zoos, botanical gardens, the Jockey Club, one of the
world’s most famous Formula One race tracks, museums,
excellent historical sites, every possible type of nightclub
imaginable, and the list just goes on and on.
architecture in San Paulo, Brazil is also quite fascinating
in that you will find everything from traditional style
building to ultra modern.
If antiques are one of your favorite hobbies, then
you want to visit the Ipiranga Imperial Museum, which has
one of the largest art collections from the Brazilian
imperial era to include paintings, furniture, gardens, and
parks in San Paulo are also magnificent where you will often
find lakes, planetariums, museums, sports complexes,
restaurants, and gardens as apart of the design.
in mind that most people say unless you have to travel to
San Paul on business, stay away.
The reason is that it is so gigantic, and the people
are so business focused that it is not necessarily a place
you would enjoy visiting.
Most people feel a state of culture shock when they
fly into San Paulo, completely swallowed up by size and
if you enjoy fast-pace life and are interested in seeing
many of the great things San Paulo has to offer, then you
would probably enjoy it.
Just remember, it is a site to see and a city that
requires a little getting used to.
Therefore, plan accordingly and expect to be busy.