São Paulo

São Paulo is the fourth largest city in the world with more than 20 million inhabitants, covering an area of approximately 1,500 km2. It is the industrial, trade, financial, medical and technological center of Brazil. The city is characterized by a subtropical climate, laying 780 m above the sea level. Spring weather runs in October, being it dry with temperatures ranging from 18º to 25º C (64º - 80º F). São Paulo receives 690 weekly flights connecting 39 cities in 24 countries through its 4 airports.

São Paulo is home to more than 4 million people of Italian origin, to 1 million people of Japanese origin, to 2 million people of recent Iberian origin, to 1.5 million people of Lebanese and Syrian origins, to 100,000 persons of Jewish origin, and to nearly 300,000 persons from German speaking countries. Recently, several thousands of immigrants from Latin American countries (especially Bolivia, Peru and Argentina) and Asia (Korea and China) have also established in the city.

São Paulo is a very important cultural center in Brazil. It hosts more than 50 museums, including the famous MASP, the Museum of Art of São Paulo. The city has 21 universities, from private to public institutions, collecting more than 300 institutes. There are over 700 cinemas and theaters, with several dozens of shows, entertainments and music concerts taking place every day. São Paulo is known as a gastronomic center, with over 12,000 restaurants that serve foods from nearly every cuisine. São Paulo is also a paradise for shoppers, with products from all over the world, offered by half million commercial establishments and 90 shopping malls.

The city of São Paulo is the capital of the State of São Paulo and is settled very close to the shore. The highway to the coast has only 60 km and leads to Santos, the home of Pelé. Additionally, the 400 km long coast of the State of São Paulo, with more than 200 stunning beaches and a huge State Park within the rain forest is one of the main attractions of São Paulo.