Once again back to Brazil. I have been to this beautiful country many times from 3 days to 3 months stays, always gratifying. This time it was for a week on business, but would like to tell about the region of Sao Paulo.
The city of Sao Paulo in the State of Sao Paulo is a megapolis of enormous size, public transportation is not bad considering the size of the city ,and the car you need practice with locals like I have in the past to control it. Of course, I speak Portuguese too and that helps…
This is the official tourist site of the city of Sao Paulo, http://www.cidadedesaopaulo.com/sp/
The first entry point is the airport international is at Guarulhos, and the country main airport site is here http://www.infraero.gov.br/index.php/fr/aeroports.html
There are various bus terminals the only one taken is at Teide, and very little experience as use a taxi or rental car once in the city, but the site is here http://www.socicam.com.br/2009/pt/terminais/terminais_rodoviarios.asp?Cod=1 and the principal bus company in onibus at http://www.emtu.sp.gov.br/EMTU/home.fss ,the tariff is 3 reais.
There are some lines of the metro , also very little use in the past but its clean ,fast and very good for the heavy tourist in city center, the site is at http://www.metro.sp.gov.br/ cost is 2,90 reais. Train other than the tourist train linea express by Morrete in the past never use in Brazil but the site is this one http://www.cptm.sp.gov.br/
The taxi have bands of prices according to day and time, all regulated just need to pay attention to the meter once in the car, or better ask an estimated price for the distance needed beforehand. The best way to find the prices is here http://www.taxisaopaulo.com.br/ and this is the taxi association of sao Paulo, http://www.adetax.com.br/precos.asp
My old time favorite here for stays has been the Maksoud plaza althought lately family feuds has kept renovations to the minimun is still a grand hotel, done by the architect owner Maksoud tire of staying on other hotels, the one and only maksoud plaza at site http://www.maksoud.com/index_nmobi.html
I did run over on my business agenda to two new towns in Brazil, Paulinia and Descalvado,both in the state of Sao Paulo. In Paulinia I stayed in the Ibis hotel of the French chain Accor, which I am a premium cardmember. Centrally located with good breakfast at 9 euros and room for 60 euros, http://www.ibishotel.com/gb/hotel-3054-ibis-paulinia/index.shtml
Once the real business began I was move to Hotel Descalvado in Descalvado, a country town and locally owned at http://www.descalvadoonline.com.br/hoteldescalvado/index.htm rates here were about 32 euros including breakfast all you can eat. right in the middle of the city.
I ate at different venues every day. The first was at Estancia Grill ,then Churrascaria Cabana, then Chopperia Ze Rissi, amongst others all without webpages. The food was good, nice prices, and great local company and service in all.
The town of Descalvado has a beautiful church of Nossa Senhora do Belem, and quaint typical streets to walk by. Paulinia is more industrial and also see more money. The tourist info for them Descalvado in the gov site, http://www.descalvado.sp.gov.br/invista/turismo.html ,and some English from the Sao Paulo tourist office at http://www.tourisminsaopaulo.com/visitantes/51-cidades-de-sao-paulo/843/visitantes/843-descalvado.html
The tourist info for Paulinia is http://www.paulinia.sp.gov.br/historia.aspx in Portuguese ,some on the history of the town ,where there is a huge petrobras oil refinary.
Well to say the least many more areas with intense tourism in Brazil, but these two are specials because never been there, now know more of the country, and more inland. Great rides by car thus !!! beautiful countryside. Enjoy the photos.