Whether you have a full day or only a few hours from your stopover, whatever your time limit, why not verge out of Sao Paulo’s airport and delve into Brazil’s vibrant financial centre. Among the world’s most populous cities, with numerous cultural institutions and a rich architectural tradition, there is a lot to see and one day sure is not enough time to soak in all of its history.
I booked a guide online, who came and collected me with his car from the airport. It was a private service, so I managed to see a lot! I highly recommend using it, whether you have a few hours or a whole day. Click here for more information. Also, being able to see the city by car, indeed allows you to see more than if you went on foot.
1) Octávio Frias de Oliveira Bridge
The Octavio Frias de Oliveira bridge is a cable-stayed bridge in Sao Paulo, which overlooks the Pinheiros River. It opened in May 2008 and is one of Sao Paulo’s most impressive architectural bridges. Driving under it, sure is a sight for the eyes and mind!
2) Municipal Market of São Paulo
Historical building with stands that sells rare fruit, vegetables & dairy produce. It also has a food court which is enormous and with a large selection of goodies to choose from, which makes it great for grabbing something to eat after a long haul flight.
3) Sao Paulo Cathedral
This architectural beauty is a massive 20th-century cathedral with soaring gothic-style architecture and a Renaissance-style dome. The interior is as stunning!
4) Luz Station
When my tour guide took me a train station for my first stop, I thought why? What is so important about this place. You do not have to be going anywhere by train to appreciate this building, as the interior is worth the visit.
5) Parque da Independencia
A perfect spot to relax before you hop back on the plane. This park is one of the best in Sao Paulo. With topiary gardens, monuments and museums, this place is worthy of a full day visit!
6) Monument to the bandeiras
This large-scale sculpture by the Italian-Brazilian sculptor Victor Brecheret at the entrance of Ibirapuera Park in São Paulo, Brazil marks the arrival of the Portuguese in the 17th century and their settling into the country. It was commissioned by the government of São Paulo in 1921 and completed in 1954. This monument is one of the most important in Brazilian history.
7) Hotel Unique
Renowned for its boat shape structure, this beautiful five-star hotel is the perfect way to rejuvenate if you have a 24-hour layover in Sao Paulo. Make the most out of their spa and gym facilities, and you will be feeling ready to conquer the sky. If you wish to receive $15 off your stay, click here to make your reservation, not only with Hotel Unique but any hotel of your choice.
I hope I have given you a few ideas and tips on what to do if you ever find yourself to have a few hours to kill with your stopover in Sao Paulo. It is a truly vibrant and friendly city, and there is much more to see than what is on the inside of its airport. If you believe I have missed out some must-see tourist attractions, please comment down below, and as always I wish you happy travels!