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Sao Paulo

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo. While the city does experience a lot of rainfall, much of it occurs during the hotter, more humid times of year, providing a refreshing escape from the heat. With almost 21 million residents in its total metropolitan area, Sao Paulo is not only the biggest city in Brazil, but also in the Southern and Western Hemispheres. The modern, skyscraper-filled metropolis might not offer the intial "wow" factor of Rio de Janeiro, but once you begin to uncover the museums, theaters, and exceptional nightlife hidden beneath the surface, you'll have a blast on your Sao Paulo holiday. Take a peek at our world travel planner: Sao Paulo and its charms laid bare and easily scheduled.
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Where to stay in Sao Paulo

When it comes to accommodations in Sao Paulo, there's a neighborhood to suit your mood. If you want to feel the city's beating heart, stay along its central artery, Avenue Paulista. From there, you'll have easy access to the best attractions in Sao Paulo. Alternatively, enjoy the city's nightlife round the clock by staying in Vila Madalena, where you'll find plenty of hostels and budget lodgings for young travelers. For a luxury experience, look to the central neighborhoods of Moema or Itaim Bibi. Wherever you decide to stay, you'll be able to whizz around the city using the efficient metro system.
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