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São Paulo: Main City Sights - Shared or Private City Tour

1. São Paulo: Main City Sights - Shared or Private City Tour

Experience having a tour guide take you around the city of São Paulo on a private or group tour. Explore the Paulista Ave. area, the sophisticated south and southwest areas of São Paulo. Walk through business districts such as Brooklin and Itaim Bibi. Visit historical sites such as Sampaio Moreira building, City hall, Tea Viaduct, and Shopping Light. See 25 must-see São Paulo attractions on 1 tour. Stop and marvel at historic buildings including Italian Terrace, Copan, and Eiffel. Feel the vibrance of the city as you discover streets such as March 25th St., May 23rd Ave., Oscar Freire St., and Europa Ave. Visit must-see sights like the Obelisk, Bandeiras Monument and Ibirapuera Park. Marvel at religious sites such as Sé Cathedral, Saint Benedict Monastery, and Church Nossa Sra. do Brasil. Enjoy time for shopping, photos, and eating as you explore the city. Learn how São Paulo started as a small village and became the largest city in the Southern hemisphere, and one of the largest cities in the world.

São Paulo: Downtown Historical Bike Tour

2. São Paulo: Downtown Historical Bike Tour

Start your tour at Largo do Aroche, a bohemian neighborhood community in São Paulo. Through the bike paths, explore the region recognized for its classic restaurants, bars, and murals of urban art. Continue to Bom Retiro, a traditional immigrant neighborhood and a region with influence from the textile industry. You will visit the Luz station (train), the Pinacoteca (museum), and Parque da Luz, the first public park in São Paulo. Depending on the day and the movement of the region, you will pass through the Municipal Market, to taste some exotic Brazilian fruits. Next, you will pass the historical center, and the Vale do Anhangabaú. After visiting the squares, streets, and alleys of the historic center, you will head to Liberdade, a region known as the Japanese neighborhood with a lot of oriental influence and stories related to the Afro-Brazilian community. Finish your tour with a visit to Praça Roosevelt, another bohemian region with theaters, bars, and restaurants.

From São Paulo: Aparecida Cathedral Tour

3. From São Paulo: Aparecida Cathedral Tour

After pickup from your hotel in São Paulo at 7:30 AM, begin your tour of one of the most important religious sites in South America. Approaching the city of Aparecida, you’ll make a stop at the Itaguaçu Port to learn the history of the Virgin Mary statue to which the Aparecida Cathedral is dedicated. Found by fishermen in the 18th century, the miracles surrounding the statue quickly caused the city to become an important site of religious pilgrimage. In 1955, plans for the cathedral were unveiled, and it was consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1980. After leaving the Itaguaçu port, you’ll head to Aparecida’s historic center for a tour of the cathedral. Walk the immense grounds before heading into the basilica itself, marveling at the nearly 250-foot-tall dome and sprawling main hall, capable of holding 30,000 parishioners. See the original Virgin Mary statue, and watch the spectacle that is the church’s mass. After your tour, enjoy some free time to explore the town, grab a bite to eat, or view the nativity exhibition on Olive Trees Mountain. Afterwards, you’ll be driven back to your accommodation.

São Paulo City Tour: MASP, Paulista Avenue and More

4. São Paulo City Tour: MASP, Paulista Avenue and More

During this 5-hour city tour you’ll see the top landmarks and monuments of São Paulo accompanied by a local guide. There will be a number of stops along the route to visit sites of particular interest. The first stop on the tour is at the Pacaembu Football Stadium, located near Charles Miller Square. You’ll have the opportunity to visit inside the stadium. Continue to Paulista Avenue, the business center of the city, and see the MASP, Trianon Park and other important buildings. Visit the House of Roses, a historical structure from the country’s coffee era. The next stop will be in the Ibirapuera area. Stop to take photos at Ibirapuera Park and of monuments such as the Obelisk, Bandeiras Monument and the Palácio 9 de Julho. Finally you’ll reach downtown São Paulo, where the city was founded. Drive through the Liberdade neighborhood (Japanese town) and stop to visit the Sé Cathedral and the Pátio do Colégio. If you like you can try a local coffee drink at a coffee shop. The tour continues, crossing the old center, and passing by the Church and Monastery of St. Benedict, Municipal Theater, Anhangabaú Valley, Republic Square, Duque de Caxias Monument, São Paulo Concert Hall and other important historic buildings. Finish off with a visit to the Luz railway station and see the Luz Park and the Pinacoteca.

São Paulo Street Art Tour

5. São Paulo Street Art Tour

See some of São Paulo’s most famous works of art on this graffiti tour of the city. São Paulo is proud of its various murals and public art pieces which they call “grafites”, and they are protected and revered by the local people. There are many well-known artists all with varying styles, which will be explored on this street art tour. Your guide will talk you through each artist and style, while giving you a narrative of its rich history in the process. Visit downtown São Paulo, including the neighborhoods of Vila Madalena, the main bohemian area of the city. Once you’ve been introduced to the art, the tour will finish at a Street Art Gallery, where you can browse the various pieces and learn more about this unique art form.

From São Paulo: Santos, São Vicente & Guarujá Day Trip

6. From São Paulo: Santos, São Vicente & Guarujá Day Trip

This tour starts in Santos Downtown with a tram ride through the historical center to see the main squares, important buildings, churches, monuments and historical landmarks of the city. After that, the tour continues to Itararé beach located in São Vicente city, where you'll stop to take pictures and free time to enjoy the beach or to go on a optional ride by cable car from Itararé beach to the top of Itararé Hill, where you can marvel at a beautiful view over São Vicente coast and Porchat Island. The next stop will be at the Japanese culture viewpoint to overlook the coast with all the beaches of Santos. In the afternoon, visit the Campina viewpoint in Guaruja where you can enjoy a panoramic view over Enseada beach and Stones Hill. The tour will stop next on Enseada beach to have some lunch, relax on the beach and take a fresh bath in the crystal clear water.

São Paulo: Street Art Bike Tour

7. São Paulo: Street Art Bike Tour

Your bike tour starts at Vila Madalena, a bohemian neighborhood in São Paulo. You will follow until the Largo da Batata, an area full of bars and urban art and will leave for the famous Avenida Faria Lima, a business center surrounded of modern buildings. After to cross the bike lane of the avenue, you will arrive at the Parque Ibirapuera, postcard of the city that exhibits the heading of bigger green area of São Paulo. In the Park, you will know the buildings designed by the famous architect Oscar Niemeyer, as the Bienal, the Auditorium, and the Afro-Brazil museum. You will cover calm forests, take a walk for the best points around the lake, and also visit some hidden corners, that can surprise you, and yield good photos to boost your social media (if wish to). On the way back to our starting point (at the Hostel), we will cross the Jardins neighborhood, a quiet area with mansions and lots of green area, and leave for our last stop, which will be at Beco do Batman, an outdoors urban art gallery, wih murals made by renowned artists from the city's graffiti scene, and one of the most visited places in São Paulo.

São Paulo: 20-Minute Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

8. São Paulo: 20-Minute Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

Your aviation adventure begins at Campo de Marte Helipad with a safety briefing before you board the helicopter and set off for a bird's eye view tour of São Paulo. As you fly over this vibrant city, admire unforgettable panoramic views of the landscape below and appreciate this truly unique experience. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to marvel at the valleys, buildings, and iconic landmarks of the city from the skies. On this magnificent adventure, enjoy the unique opportunity to fly over the beloved city of São Paulo aboard a wonderful Robinson helicopter. From the sky, see the main city sights including Sé Cathedral, the Ipiranga Museum, Paulista Avenue, Ibirapuera Park, the Municipal Theater, Luz Station, the Municipal Market, Pacaembu Stadium, the Anhangabaú Valley, the Copam Building and much more.

São Paulo: 2-Hour Downtown Discovery Tour with Guide

9. São Paulo: 2-Hour Downtown Discovery Tour with Guide

Explore the "new' center and learn about the historic downtown district of São Paulo. With your licensed guide, explore the areas which have been home to many immigrant communities such as Italian, Japanese, Syrian, Lebanese, and many others. As well as learning about the cultural makeup of the city, see many notable landmarks. Learn more about places such as the Municipal Theatre, the Copan Building, San Francisco Convent, and the Martinelli Building. Discover the history the Tupi tribe who once called the area home, as well as the story of the first skyscraper of Latin America.

Welcome to São Paulo: Private Walking Tour with a Local

10. Welcome to São Paulo: Private Walking Tour with a Local

Find your way around São Paulo with a friendly local on a fantastic orientation tour, and see the sights that you want to see on a customized walk. Meet at the location where you are staying to familiarize yourself with the neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat and buy groceries with a guide who is passionate about their city and eager to share all the tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay. Discover the easiest ways to get around, along with the top things to see and do. Feel more confident about navigating the city on your own by the end of your tour, and arm yourself with all the information you need to get the best out of the city.

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What people are saying about São Paulo

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 311 reviews

What an amazing trip! Highly recommend. I saw a few reviews about Santos not being interesting but I can say that I found it 100% worth visiting. It really gives you a taste of history and the old town is beautiful and very interesting! San Vicente was just unreal, the beautiful view from the gondola ride and from the top was really special. And Guaruja was the perfect stop to end the day, beautiful beach, delicious restaurant… 10 out of 10 trip for us. Our guide Mauricio also deserves the greatest applause for being so informative, fun, and attentive the entire trip!!

This tour was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable and very personable. He was able to show us around the city stopping at some highlights and allowing us to get some great pictures. He took us to a nice market near the end of our tour for a quick lunch making us feel like a local. Would recommend for someone who wants to see the highlights of this large city

The bicycle-tour with Max was a great experience!! He took us to many different spots throughout São Paulo and explained their History to us in an easy way. It was like cycling with a friend, who knows a lot about the city. We can warmly recommend this tour!!

What a unique experience! I had stumbled across this tour and am so glad we we booked it. It was such an unexpected and unique addition to our trip in Brazil! Our guide Mauricio was super knowledgeable and informative, we were very impressed with the tour!

I loved this tour, is the best way to get to know Sao Paulo in one day with a local guide. Max was fantastic, full of knowledge and super friendly. I would definitely recommend this tour and I would do it again too! Thank you!!