Sao Paulo - Holiday facts and Information

Holiday facts and information about Sao Paulo

General facts

Trip Preparation

Trip preparation

Trip preparation

Electric current On the territory of Brazil we will encounter various kinds of electric sockets, differing from each other not only in shape, but also in voltage (from 110 to 220 V). In Sao Paulo necessary adaptors can be bought without problem. Airports/Car rental Two airports operate in Sao Paulo: São Paulo-Congonhas and São Paulo-Guarulhos. The first one is an international airport located around 8 kilometers from Sao Paulo. Gradually the airport begins to operate only in-country flights. International conjunctions, including all transatlantic, are operated by the second airport. The São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport is located in the distance of around 35 kilometers from the city. Cars in Sao Paulo can be rented both, at the airports and many rental spots in the city. FIFA World Cup 2014 Sao Paulo, as one of the 12 Brazilian cities, can boast organizing matches as per the FIFA World Cup 2014. The World Cup stadium is of course the Arena Corinthians, an object built specially for this occasion. It was built with six matches in mind, including the semi-finals. The maximum capacity of the stadium’s audience is 68 thousand fans. Sao Paulo is also one of the cities, which have been chosen as the headquarters of the training center for football players taking part in the World Cup. The representation of the United States has made its home here.

Language

The official language in Brazil is the Portuguese language.

Currency

The currency in the entirety of Brazil is the Brazilian real. 1 real equals 100 centavos.

Best travel time

If we go to Sao Paulo during the European Holidays, in other words from June to August, we can count on around 20°C. It’s worth remembering that it is the Brazilian winter. If we wish to experience real heat, we leave for Brazil between December and March, when a temperature of over 30°C is the norm.

Visa requirements

Citizens of EU can travel across Brazil for three months, without the necessity of acquiring a visa. It’s enough to own a passport with an up-to-date photo. If we want to stay in Brazil more than 90 days, it’s necessary to fill in an application for the extension of stay in the nearest police station.

Vaccinations

There is no need for any additional vaccinations before returning to Europe.

Country and People

Country and People

History

The origins of the city of Sao Paulo reach the half of the XVI century. It was established precisely in the year 1554 as Saint Paul’s missionary center – that’s where the name of the city came from. Across many years Sao Paulo was building up thanks to slave trade. It was here that in the first half of the XIX century, Brazil declared independence. It’s was also in this century that the city’s (and with it, the region’s) economy started to be based on the export of coffee. Today, Sao Paulo is the largest city of not only Brazil, but also South America. Every year crowds of tourists and work seeking immigrants arrive in the city.

Religion

The dominant religion in Brazil is Catholicism.

Getting around

Getting around

By bus

You can move through the huge city of Sao Paulo by using the well expanded and organized public transport. The fastest way to travel between distant districts is the subway, the first tunnels of which were drilled in 1968. You can of course travel through the city using busses.

Discover and Enjoy

Discover and enjoy

Sights

Sao Paulo can offer lots of attractions to tourists. First and foremost, it’s worth to visit the Museum of Sacred Art, as well as the Museum of Art, which boasts the largest collection of works of artists who come from both South and North America. Those who do not like to spend too much time in museums and prefer resting on fresh air can go to a large Zoo among other things.

Events

As one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, Sao Paula offers a nearly endless amount of shows, festivals, exhibits and every kind of cultural, sports and entertainment events. Surely, everyone will find something for themselves. It is worth to list here events such as biennale in Sao Paula, organized from the year 1951. They are held once every two years and they draw in the most distinguished modern art makers from all over the world.

Food

Brazilian cuisine is the result of the influences of the Indian, European and African cuisines mixing together over the ages. Visiting Brazil dishes such as fejihoada ( a stew from beans, most often black), acajare (a type of cake with beans or prawns) and vatapa (puree prepared from crayfish, fish and cashew) have to be tasted.

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