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Sao Paulo - What to expect

The second biggest city in the Americas has and amazing history and possibly the most culture diversity of any city in the world. Complex and at times absolutely confusing I call this city home and I´m going to take you on a fun journey through its complexity.

Average costs in this area

Although the cost of transportation in the city is cheap in comparison to other major global cities, its complexity may leave all but the most adventure seeking visitors feeling a very confused and hopeless. Have no fear, ride sharing apps to the rescue. Uber and apps like 99 are huge in Sao Paulo and the cost for two people is not much more then the cost of two metro tickets or to bus fares

Accomodation - 1 Star on a budget of 5 star living like rockstars you can find hostels and posuadas from $5 a night to 5 Star global names like Mercur and the Hyaat for considerably more.

Food - Yes I know everyone told you to go to Market Municipal to find the most authentic in the city. Well, I´m telling you that all those people are wrong and you should delete them from your contact list and refuse their facetime and Whatsapp Video request. Sao Paulo is one of the most cuturally diverse cities in the and as such has one of the most diverse culinary scenes in the world. Sao Paulo is home to the worlds largest popultion of Japanese people outside of Japan. The worlds largets concentration of Lebonese people outside of Lebanon, the worlds largest concentration of Italian people outside Italy and the country is home to largest population of African people outside Africa. Mix that in with the stron Portuguese and Spanish infuleces and you foodie paradise.

Suggested daily budget – 20-50 USD/ 100-250 RS (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a hostel, eating out a little, cooking most of your meals, and using local transportation. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!)

TIps for first visit

1. Prepare Your bag – Lorem Weather in Sao Paulo can change in an instant so be sure to throw a hoodie, extra shirt, some coconut water and a few snacks in your bag just in case the humidity begins to take its toll or you can´t get out of the way of one of the cities infamous downpours.

2. Get city passes – Lorem Unless you are a fan of traffic jams and cramped rush hour metro rides you should probably map out your destinations before hand and buy tickets online so you don´t lose valuable ours simply getting to your destination. .

3. Check where the locals eat –  Don´t be shy and please whatever you do don´t think the heart of local cuisine beats at the Market Municipal. Garb a Coxina… or 12 from a local cafe or cart. The longer the line the better. Have a pastel with a cold sweet sip of Caldo De Cana and be sure to finish the meal off with a bite of Cocada.

Do’s and don’ts

Do use Uber whenever possible. If you visit in the summer months spend a little extra on a nice hotel or AirBnB that features and reliable air conditioning system. Do try different coffee. Brazil has some of the best coffee in the world, give it a try. Do try Brazilian Wine. My husband and I love Del Rey but there are many great wineries in the country producing wonderful wines

Don´t dress like you are doing a shoot for Cartier. Violence in beaten path areas of the city is overblown but just like any other major cities in the world don´t make yourself a target of petty theft. Don´t think you can move around easily without understainding basic Portuguese. English is not widely spoken in the city so either learn some basic Portuguese phrases or make sure your smartphone is always charged and you´ve downloaded an offline translator.

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