26.12.2012 - 29.12.2012 31 °C
It was time to escape the burning heat in Paraty and we caught a bus to São Pulo, Brazil's largest city, with a population of over 19.5 million! It is big!
There is no stand out attraction in São Paulo, but we enjoyed walking through the giant centre, full of weaving markets, highways and plazas. The large Municipal Market was fantastic, a traditional gourmet market, full of deli stores and eateries. We went up to the very top of the Italia building for a view over the megalopolis (go between 3-4pm and it's free) where we could see buildings and skyscrapers sprawling in every direction. Avenida Paulista is the commercial centre, and is a wide street lined with skyscrapers, a sight you don't often come across, in South America anyway. The Museum of Football was also worth checking out, based in the central stadium, it gives you a glimpse into just how obsessed Brazillians are with soccer!
We enjoyed our time in Sao Paulo, thanks to some great food and hospitality. The pizza in São Paulo is world class thanks to many Italian immigrants (much better than anywhere else on the continent). We stayed at the lovely Green Grass hostel, opened by a 24 year old São Paulo couple. The hostel sits around the corner from the metro station which linked us to anywhere we neeed to get to in the city centre and bus terminal, which is also attached to a metro station. The metro was so efficient, that travel was much quicker than we've experienced, even compared to other smaller cities.
On our last day we managed to avoid some of the torrential rain and keep dry to catch our night bus to Iguazu Falls.