Best of São Paulo
Avenida Paulista: Raw, vital, messy, and fascinatingly diverse, São Paulo’s mega main drag constitutes the city’s vibrant nerve center.
Museu de Arte de São Paulo: One of Latin America’s finest art museums is housed in an iconic modernist building that is an attraction in itself.
Parque do Ibirapuera: São Paulo’s version of Central Park, this vast green urban oasis is filled with some of the city’s finest museums.
Campos do Jordão: With hiking trails, Swiss chalets, and abundant fondue and chocolate, Paulistanos’ favorite mountain getaway evokes a tropical version of the Alps.
Bananal: In the 19th century, this colonial gem of a town was the center of the biggest coffee-growing region in the world. The surrounding plantations of the coffee barons are still intact and worth a visit.
Ilhabela: Brazil’s biggest off-coast island is a nature lover’s dream replete with virgin rainforests and unspoiled beaches.
© Michael Sommers from Moon Brazil, 2nd Edition