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The next stop on Formula One’s tour of Latin America is São Paulo, Brazil. Greater São Paulo has an estimated population of 20 million people, making it the third-largest metropolis on earth. That might sound like an overwhelming amount of traffic and people for a holiday destination but the city is also home to a wealth of restaurants, bistros, 24/7 nightclubs, theaters and galleries.
São Paulo is an exciting destination, and with the Grand Prix in the Interlagos area of the city this weekend, the atmosphere will no doubt be turned up another notch. To help you plan a visit to Brazil we’ve caught up with Ted Kravitz of Sky Sports F1® again for another instalment of his Smart Travel Notebook.
Check out the video below for Ted’s smart travel tips.
As we get into Britain’s winter months it’s an excellent time to visit Brazil for some winter sun. December to March is hot and humid in São Paulo, Rio, and everywhere else along the Atlantic Rainforest coast.
Whilst São Paulo is a very busy city, it does have good transport infrastructure and the largest Metro system in Brazil. The Metro lines connect the inner city to the suburbs of the city and the peripherals of the region. The inner city also has plenty of buses for you to hop on and off of when you’re exploring the city’s best museums, galleries and restaurants.
One of the city’s most well known museums is the Museu de Arte de São Paulo. The museum houses the largest collection of Western art in Latin America, including works from Brazilian painters. Entry into the museum costs 25 Brazilian Real for adults, about £5.80 at the time of writing.
Another top landmark is the city’s Theatro Municipal, home to the city’s orchestra and ballet. The theatre is an architectural gem, built in the early 1900’s in the style of Paris’ Palais Garnier.
For an even more awe-inspiring site, head to the Banespa Building. Banespa is São Paulo’s version of the Empire State Building, built in the 1930s in a similar style as its New York City counterpart. The Banespa building also offers a stunning view of the vast metropolis below. The queue for the top can be quite long and you’ll only be allowed a short period of time up there but a trip up the 161-meter-tall building is definitely worth it, not just for the view but also for the photos that will help you brag about your travels when you get back home.
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