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Why São Paulo?
The megatropolis that is São Paulo is a popular destination for students looking to find an internship or study at one of the highest rated universities in South America. The city can seem overwhelming with an abundance of shops, restaurants and bars in each area. Getting to know the city will keep you interested and busy for months on end. The Brazilian energy and music teeming out of bars on Rua Augusta and Paulista will help you through long days stuck in traffic or on the metro.
Praça Pôr do Sol
Sunset Square is one of our founder favourites. You head over to Pinheiros around 4 or 5pm with a bag of cans and wait for the sun to set, there are loads of people on the same vibe, playing tunes and enjoying the views.
Beco de Batman
Translated as 'Batman Alley' this is a really cool spot in town. With graffiti murals done by local and international artists on every wall, it's the perfect photo op.
Avenida Paulista on a Sunday
All traffic is banned on São Paulo's busiest road on Sundays to allow for pedestrians to walk along, listen to local bands and buy arts and crafts.
An amazing walk to do is towards Parque Minhocão. It's over this empty highway and the buildings alongside the road have amazing graffiti.
Parque Ibirapuera as well is great to cycle around and walk around.
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As in any big city, there’s various ways of getting around. Popular in São Paulo is the Metro, Ubers, Buses and bikes due to the massive cycle path which passes through the city. The metro system is also very modern and great, with tickets costing roughly 80p. It is reliable and fast.
Uber is very cheap and is very safe. A 20 minute journey will be £3-4, so if you are travelling in a group it is often the cheapest/safest way to get around.
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