The active metropolis: Religious built a school on a small hill next to Tamanduateí Anhangabaú and rivers, where they celebrated a mass. That was on January 25, 1554, which marks the anniversary of São Paulo. Nearly five centuries later, the village of Piratininga became a city of 18 million inhabitants. Those times, there remain only the foundations of the building made by priests and Indians in Pateo do Collegio.
In the 1970s, the service sector has gained greater prominence in São Paulo’s economy. The industries have migrated to cities of São Paulo, as the so-called ABCD (Santo André, São Bernardo do Campo, São Caetano do Sul and Diadema). Today, it is the financial center of Latin America and it still gets Brazilian expatriates working and open arms and live in São Paulo, in an environment of tolerance and respect for diversity of faiths, ethnicity, sexual orientations and tribes.
Fascinating, it is a superlative metropolis at all, even in diversity. Seething cauldron of styles and cultures where 70 nationalities live together, is also a great entertainment center: more than 280 cinemas, 180 theaters, more than 90 110 museums and cultural centers, and numerous nightclubs of the most many styles for one of the busiest nights of the planet. Not to mention the shopping – with 79 malls and dozens of specialized shopping streets. And the food – more than 12 500 restaurants, with 52 types of cuisine from all over the world. For reasons like this, well worth discovering this global city, full of knowledge, trends, smells and colors.
How to get to São Paulo
Overall, there are many transportation options: planes and buses arrive all day, from various Brazilian cities.
The highlight, however, is due to the numerous flights arriving to the three airports of São paulo:
São Paulo/Guarulhos–Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport (GRU)
São Paulo/Congonhas Airport (CGH)
Viracopos/Campinas International Airport (VCP) Not recommended at all
For international arrivals, we will strongly suggest to arrive in GRU and not VCP due to the very far distance from the city center.
For national arrivals, if the fares are good, take first the option of CGH which is close by the city center.
Both International Airport Guarulhos (GRU) and Congonhas Airport are good options to reach the city. São Paulo is always part of the promotions of airlines and has a very many flights departing to various Brazilian cities.
Travel to São Paulo by flight is usually cheaper when the journey is made by Guarulhos (GRU), but this airport, unfortunately, does not have the best of locations and is farther from the city center.
Arriving at Congonhas Airport is a lot easier not only for the central location but also by the variety of transport.
The São Paulo bus station (Rodoviária in Portuguese), which is close to the center and the South Zone (Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon), has daily arrivals and departures of the main Brazilian bus company, as Águia Branca, 1001, Itapemirim e São Geraldo.