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Living in São Paulo, Brazil:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

20 local experts

If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit São Paulo, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 20 people living in São Paulo what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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In Sao Paulo you should be concerned about security. Don’t use your phone walking on streets and be careful if you decide to install your bank’s app on your phone. Don’t trust people and be suspicious if someone tries to help you. Also, the traffic is insane. Try to live near your work.

São Paulo is a massive and diverse city. Whomever comes here must be aware of crime, extraordinary traffic and the rapidly changing weather. You can experience windy dry cold, tropical sunny heat and torrential rain all in the same day. Spending 3 hours in traffic isn’t unheard of. Crime is rife, you should always have your wits about you.

Individuals moving to the city of São Paulo should expect long distances between places and neighborhoods and should be prepared to face a lot of traffic. People also should know that public transportation does not operate 24 hours a day, so those who use this kind of transport should be aware of the time.

Renaud, says: 2020

Economically speaking, Sao Paulo is considered the wealthiest state in Brazil, having the greatest presence of industry and a vast diversity in productive activities. Its GDP is composed of intense industrial activity, a diverse commerce and service sector, and a highly technological agricultural activity. In terms of population, the capital of Sao Paulo is one of the largest cities in the world and the most urbanized city in Brazil. It is considered the central global city in South America, and it is the center of Brazil’s megalopolis because it integrates a region that involves cities in Rio de Janeiro, as well as the metropolitan regions of Campinas and “Baixada Santista.

Jordan, says: 2020

I consider Sao Paulo the NYC of Brazil. It’s very contemporary, with excellent restaurants and food, art galleries and amazing parks in the middle of the city. Is the only city in Brazil with these characteristics, among others. Whoever enjoys the cosmopolitan style more, will love this city, as Ido!

Marcos, says: 2020

The highest point of Sao Paulo is located at the “Serra da Mantiqueira” and is known as Pedra da Mina (Mina’s Rock). Its peak is approximately three thousand meters above sea level. The main river in Sao Paulo is called the Tiete River, which is part of the Parana Basin. Its origin is located in a coastal region that goes towards the interior of the continent until it flows into the Parana River. Through this river, many of the first pioneers of Brazil were able to occupy the Sao Paulo territory.

Renaud, says: 2020

São Paulo is a large, crowded city. Some describe it as a “concrete jungle”. The level of public safety is mediocre, but many consider the access to cultural resources to be worth the risk. It is the largest city in South America, and one of the largest in the world.

Beatriz, says: 2020

Sao Paulo has a vast territorial area, which makes it one of the most populated states in South America. Due to its high level of infrastructure, Sao Paulo was nominated the financial center of Brazil because it houses the headquarters of many multinational companies and the leading Brazilian stock exchange known as Bovespa.

Carolina, says: 2020

São Paulo does not have a beach however it is not far from one, it is less than two hours from the north coast and around half an hour from the south coast, which has beaches with crystal clear waters, urban beaches full of structure and even beaches on islands. The Subway stations, buses and trains make you go from south to north, from east to west in less time than you can imagine. With all this accessibility, you will never get tired of Sao Paulo, because there will always be places to see and new things to do.

Josefa, says: 2020

São Paulo is an open-air urban art gallery, with works of art such as graffiti, which is one of the most democratic forms of art, being available to all without charge, in practically every corner of the city, which transforms the city, one of the great references of urban art or street art in the world.

Sao Paulo is the largest city in and financial center of Brazil, and among the most populous cities in the world with 12.18 million people. Sao Paulo is home for people from all around the world. São Paulo is a multicultural and multinational city, it is like having several countries in a single city, there are more than 70 nationalities that brought their culture and custom to São Paulo, helping to create their identity and build their history. São Paulo has 101 museums and 46 cultural centers, In addition to the 182 theaters that produce shows ranging from Broadway originals to independent productions.

Gustavo, says: 2020

It is a big city, so be ready to rely constantly on public transportation. When I first moved here I insisted on walking long walks or taking the subway everyday. It was a good learning experience, now I feel like I know the city better than most people. São Paulo is also a multicultural city, so I recommend going to as many cultural events as you can.

Gustavo, says: 2020

Because it is the greatest metropolis of Latin America. It has the best pizza and the famous ‘caipirinha’, and embraces the business community like no other city in the hemisphere. The weather is warm most of the year and the cultural life is absolutely incredible. If the candidate family to move here has kids the best schools are available, as are the amenities of any first world city.

Gustavo, says: 2020

In South America, the city of Sao Paulo is not only more affluent than Buenos Aires (Argentina), it also has a higher GDP than most countries in that region. Its production and income generation is superior to the entire state of Minas Gerais, for example. This is the result of the profound socio-spatial and economic concentration that has marked the development of the Brazilian territory throughout history.

Anderson, says: 2020

São Paulo is the biggest, most populated city of Brazil. be prepared for busy streets and crazy rush-hour traffic. It is a beautiful city where you can find everything you need; restaurants, malls, and nightlife. However, you must know that this is also a dangerous city, so do not walk around carrying your bag loosely.

Alexandre, says: 2020

Sao Paulo has more than 109 parks, divided between urban parks and those that are in a protected environmental reserve, which will make you rethink aspects about the title of the largest city in Latin America. São Paulo is the most gastronomic city in Brazil, with more than 15 thousand restaurants of 52 nationalities and 20 thousand bars that are spread all over the city for all different tastes and financial conditions of the population (Eu Te Amo Hoje).

Luciana, says: 2020

Learn to speak Portuguese. Then it is important to understand how the metro works and that it is better to live nearby one station. While here the person should visit Parque do Ibirapuera, Paulista Avenue, Mercado Municipal, Terraço Itália, Copan and so more nice places.

São Paulo is the most populated city of Brazil. It is often considered the business capital of our country, as most of the companies reside here, and having the highest GDP in Brazil. São Paulo has a vast range of cultural activities, from museums to various kinds of gastronomic experiences from different countries. Although it is a city that I enjoy living in, it has many problems related to social inequality and, consequently, public security.

Nathalia, says: 2020

For those moving to são paulo, it is important to know the less dangerous neighborhoods, parks, leisure areas, hospitals and commerce in general. It is important to know where can find more jobs and all the public transports. I would also talk about how people behave and specific things like food in the city.

Lots of criminality robberies, almost no security, a dangerous city but very good jobs, a very beautiful city with beautiful sights, the city itself has a lot of pollution many pedestrians and besides that the country has absurd prices on consumers and is each trying to take advantage.

Renaud, says: 2020

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