Things to do in São Paulo
Afro Brasil Museum
Located in Ibirapuera Park, the Afro Brasil Museum is dedicated to a reappraisal of the history, memory, culture, and identity of black Brazilians.
This pioneering research center boasts an extraordinary collection of venomous vipers, spiders, and scorpions from around the world. There’s also an open-air snake pit where you can watch the animals in action.
An association called Corpore, the Portuguese acronym for Paulista United Runners, organizes cross-country races about once a month.
Downtown Walking Tour
The Centro, one of the few parts of town conducive to walking, offers the best concentration of older buildings and interesting architecture. Climb the Terraço Itália building for panoramic city views.
Museum of Modern Art (MAM)
The MAM offers an excellent collection of paintings and sculpture by Brazilian artists dating to the early 20th century. The museum's restaurant overlooks a sculpture garden.
Museum of Sacred Art
Built in 1774, this colonial building houses religious icons and relics dating from the 17th century.
Urban Night Bicycle Rides
An association of cyclists, Sampa Bikers, runs weekly 15.5-mile night biking trips in the city as well as trips outside of town.
This museum presents examples of Brazil’s rich biodiversity. Attractions include old paintings of fauna, ants preserved in amber, and a whale cranium.
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