At its core, Sao Paulo is an unabashedly optimistic place, with a diverse population, striking architecture and a thriving contemporary art scene. In some ways, it is Rio’s charmingly flawed younger sibling, attempting to buck tradition at every turn while also emulating its older sister’s best qualities—and doing so with lovable flair.
Perfect forArt Lovers | Intellectuals | Romantics | Style Mavens
When to goDecember-February | March-May | June-August
Ideal length of stay3-5 Nights
Designing Your Journey
Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.
3 Days: Essential Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo’s sprawling city center can be confusing to navigate, but hidden within this concrete jungle are fascinating art, architecture, theaters and markets. Indagare can create a customized itinerary with guided touring, art walks, cooking classes and samba lessons. Here is just one example of what our destination experts can create for you.
Day 1: Art Scene
Get the lay of the land by strolling through Burle Marx Park, a tropical forest of colorful plants and foliage. Afterwards, explore Sao Paulo’s rich art and architecture heritage by visiting the Sao Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) and Museo de Arte Moderna with an expert art curator, and later visit independent galleries and embark on a street art tour.
Day 2: History Tour
Today, discover some of Sao Paulo’s most important historic sites such as the Theatero Municipal and stop for lunch at the Mercado (an expansive food market). Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at your hotel before spending the evening at the symphony orchestra or taking samba lessons at one of Indagare’s favorite dance clubs.
Day 3: Local Culture
In the morning, spend a few hours shopping in the exclusive Jardins area. Later, take a cooking class at Indagare’s favorite Sao Paulo cooking school. Soccer fanatics should head to the famed municipal soccer stadium, home to the Palmeiras futebol club. There is an on-premises soccer museum with interactive exhibits on the history of Brazilian soccer.
Where To Stay
We only feature hotels that we can vouch for first-hand. At many of them, Indagare members receive special amenities, including upgrades, early check-in, breakfast, spa credits and more. Look for the Indagare Plus logo in the reviews.
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São Paulo's most traditional luxury choice, a discriminating 60-room hotel steeped in European ethos on a quiet side street in the city's most upscale neighborhood.
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