When most tourists think Brazil, they immediately think long sandy beaches, samba, football and a statue of a certain famous carpenter. However, there’s more to Brazil than just Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue and its relaxing beaches. São Paulo, The largest city in South America is located on the Piratininga plateau surrounded by rivers coming out from its exterior. If you are looking for a relaxing and educative holiday in South America, then Sao Paulo is the city for you. Here are 5 Things to Do in Sao Paulo That You Can’t Do in Rio.
Museu da Tatuagem de São Paulo
Ever wondered why people get tattoos or the evolution of tattoos? The Museu da Tatuagem will answer all your curiosities. This museum is Brazil’s only museum dedicated to the art and evolution of tattoos. With a collection of over 500 photos, sculptures, paintings, ancient tattoo tools etc, you are sure to learn a whole lot about the history of tattoo in Brazil and the celebration of body art.
Founded in 2004 by one of São Paulo pioneer Tattoo artist Elcio Sespede, The Museu da Tatuagem has become a renowned spot for tourists visiting the city. His collection features different tattoos, how they differ culturally and socially etc. it is a place that will sure take eerie tourist back to the roots.
Jardim Botânico de São Paulo
If you have ever wondered what the rainforest looked like up close then, the JARDIM BOTÂNICO DE SÃO is the place you want to be. It is a real life jungle in the middle of a not so calm city. This botanical garden is a reminder of the natural environment of Brazil before human activity began. It is not just a garden, it is alive with different animals and birds cohabiting peacefully.
The botanical garden was founded by a botanist Frederico Carlos Hoehne in the year 1928. It covers 146 hectares of land and houses a stream and two ponds. At the centre of the garden, two large glass houses showcases the most exotic flowers in Brazil. It is really a wonder to behold.
Teatro Municipal (City Theatre)
Opera? No need to fly to Paris, its right here in Sao Paulo. The beautiful Municipal Theatre located in Sao Paulo was modelled after the Paris opera by renowned Architect Ramos de Azevedo. Completed in 1911, this theatre has dazzled both tourists and performers since. In 1991, major renovations were made and the building was restored to its former glory.
The theatre has hosted many performances by local artists as well as international ones. It is home to the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra and the Sao Paulo city ballet.
Museu de Arte
If you are fascinated by art then visiting the São Paulo Museum of Art should rank top on your list. The museum also known locally as MASP officially opened in 1968 but it has the most comprehensive collection of western art in Latin America. Collections of art include Impressionists and modern day masters. It not only covers modern artists but also works from the mid -20th century.
The museum itself is a unique work of art. Designed by Brazilian-Italian architect Lina Bo Bardi, the plaza is suspended on four pillars on its four sides. If you are looking to catch a concert or want to know more about art in general then the MASP is the perfect place to visit.
If what you are interested in is just a stroll through the busy districts of Sao Paulo, then the Avenida Paulista which is the centre of activity in the city is where you want to visit. The area has shops and cafes, galleries, theatres and so on. There are also many parks adjacent to the area. You can have breakfast, an afternoon of shopping and round it all up with some theatre at night.