The Gateway to the Best of Brazil
A nearly 500-year old city, São Paulo has grown to become Brazil’s largest metropolis, and is ranked among the most populous cities in the world. Vibrant and bursting at the seams with life, São Paulo is a dream destination for those who love an atmosphere where anything feels possible.
Sampa, as the locals call it, is well known as a city that never sleeps. This round-the-clock lifestyle gives it a kinetic energy that is certain to captivate you, and with Azamara’s late stays in port, you’ll have ample opportunity to immerse yourself in every exciting moment. Start with a visit to the Museu de Arte de São Paulo—Sampa’s largest and most impressive museum, which contains the most comprehensive collection of Western art in all of Latin America. If you’re in the mood for shopping, visit the Shopping Iguatemi—a luxurious shopping mall where you can browse all of Brazil’s favorite brand names. If you’d rather a more artisanal experience, head to the Feira da Republica. This open-air market is perfect for a stroll while checking out authentic local handicrafts and paintings.
No visit to São Paulo is complete without taking in the absolutely spellbinding view from atop Banespa—a 161-meter high skyscraper in the heart of the city. After taking the elevator up to the observation deck, you will be treated to a panoramic view of São Paulo that trumps any plain-old postcard.
All this exploring is certain to work up your appetite, which is great news, because Sampa is regarded as a foodie paradise. With such a diverse population, the city’s food scene has grown to incorporate a world of flavors and cooking styles, so be sure to sample some seriously tasty street food as you explore the city. Local favorites include coxinha (tear drop-shaped chicken croquettes), kibe (Middle Eastern-inspired (fried beef or lamb with bulgur wheat), and Brazil’s national dish feijoada (hearty black bean and pork stew).
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