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São Paulo: 20-Minute Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

1. São Paulo: 20-Minute Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

Your aviation adventure begins at Campo de Marte Helipad with a safety briefing before you board the helicopter and set off for a bird's eye view tour of São Paulo. As you fly over this vibrant city, admire unforgettable panoramic views of the landscape below and appreciate this truly unique experience. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to marvel at the valleys, buildings, and iconic landmarks of the city from the skies. On this magnificent adventure, enjoy the unique opportunity to fly over the beloved city of São Paulo aboard a wonderful Robinson helicopter. From the sky, see the main city sights including Sé Cathedral, the Ipiranga Museum, Paulista Avenue, Ibirapuera Park, the Municipal Theater, Luz Station, the Municipal Market, Pacaembu Stadium, the Anhangabaú Valley, the Copam Building and much more.

From São Paulo: Santos and Guarujá Private Full-Day Tour

2. From São Paulo: Santos and Guarujá Private Full-Day Tour

Following pick-up from your hotel in São Paulo, journey to the coastal cities of Santos and Guarujá, approximately 80 kilometers from the capital. Relax in air-conditioned comfort on the 1-hour drive through expansive sections of the Atlantic Forest, and then discover the largest maritime port in Latin America upon arrival at Santos. Marvel at the countless shipping containers and cargo vessels in the Port of Santos, where thousands of immigrants arrived in Brazil at the end of the 19th century to work on the great coffee plantations. Get to know the main tourist attractions of the city, both in the historic city center and on the edges of the city. Learn how coffee production influenced the local way of life and customs, and hear more about the important historical figures of the area who affected not only the state of São Paulo but the country as a whole. Then, take the ferry to Guarujá on Santo Amaro Island, known for its large selection of beaches, restaurants and lookout points. Since the 1970s, following a boom in the local real estate market, the island has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state of São Paulo. Go to a lookout point to get some amazing views and take some excellent souvenir photographs. Stop at an excellent local restaurant to enjoy the local seafood before making your way back to São Paulo.

From São Paulo: Santos, São Vicente & Guarujá Day Trip

3. From São Paulo: Santos, São Vicente & Guarujá Day Trip

This tour starts in Santos Downtown with a tram ride through the historical center to see the main squares, important buildings, churches, monuments and historical landmarks of the city. After that, the tour continues to Itararé beach located in São Vicente city, where you'll stop to take pictures and free time to enjoy the beach or to go on a optional ride by cable car from Itararé beach to the top of Itararé Hill, where you can marvel at a beautiful view over São Vicente coast and Porchat Island. The next stop will be at the Japanese culture viewpoint to overlook the coast with all the beaches of Santos. In the afternoon, visit the Campina viewpoint in Guaruja where you can enjoy a panoramic view over Enseada beach and Stones Hill. The tour will stop next on Enseada beach to have some lunch, relax on the beach and take a fresh bath in the crystal clear water.

São Paulo: Campos do Jordão 'the Brazilian Switzerland' Tour

4. São Paulo: Campos do Jordão 'the Brazilian Switzerland' Tour

Arrive in Campos do Jordão and enjoy a city tour to the main sights and neighborhoods. During the tour, make a stop at the Boa Vista Palace, which is the palace of the Governor of the State of São Paulo. Afterwards, continue with your city tour and pass by the English village and stop at the dammed waterfall of Ducha de Prata, where today there is a handicrafts fair and a large variety of shops.  Then in the afternoon, visit the Villa Capivari, the tourist center of the city. Here you will have free time to enjoy some lunch and other local attractions like a cable car or horse ride. You'll finish the trip with a visit to a typical chocolate factory.

São Paulo: Cantareira Natural Park hiking in the Rain Forest

5. São Paulo: Cantareira Natural Park hiking in the Rain Forest

After pickup from São Paulo, drive to Cantareira Natural Park. Your tour guide will provide an introduction about the park and explain. Visit the park’s main camp, where there is a fauna interpretation center and a model of the Cantareira Mountains. After a safety briefing, start the first hiking route called the Macuco Trail. Learn about the species of fauna and flora of the rainforest as you go. Continue to the Waterfall Trail where you will cross the Engordador River at several different points. Make a stop for photos and a refreshing swim at 2 different natural pools created by waterfalls. After the hike, visit the Cantareira Dam, which used to control the water supply for São Paulo city. See the old machines and hydraulic pump house, and admire the scenery from the viewpoint. The tour ends with some free time to take photos and enjoy the peaceful rainforest scenery, before driving back to São Paulo.

From São Paulo: Aparecida Cathedral Tour

6. From São Paulo: Aparecida Cathedral Tour

After pickup from your hotel in São Paulo at 7:30 AM, begin your tour of one of the most important religious sites in South America. Approaching the city of Aparecida, you’ll make a stop at the Itaguaçu Port to learn the history of the Virgin Mary statue to which the Aparecida Cathedral is dedicated. Found by fishermen in the 18th century, the miracles surrounding the statue quickly caused the city to become an important site of religious pilgrimage. In 1955, plans for the cathedral were unveiled, and it was consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1980. After leaving the Itaguaçu port, you’ll head to Aparecida’s historic center for a tour of the cathedral. Walk the immense grounds before heading into the basilica itself, marveling at the nearly 250-foot-tall dome and sprawling main hall, capable of holding 30,000 parishioners. See the original Virgin Mary statue, and watch the spectacle that is the church’s mass. After your tour, enjoy some free time to explore the town, grab a bite to eat, or view the nativity exhibition on Olive Trees Mountain. Afterwards, you’ll be driven back to your accommodation.

São Paulo: Layover Private Tour from GRU Airport

7. São Paulo: Layover Private Tour from GRU Airport

Your guide will pick you up by private vehicle from São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport and drive you to downtown São Paulo for a brief historical walking tour. See the sights where the city was founded in 1554 at Pátio do Colégio, a historical Jesuit mission church and school. Stop at the famous Catedral da Sé (Cathedral of Sé), a neo-Gothic building from the 20th-century, which holds up to 8,000 people. Afterwards, continue your scenic tour of São Paulo by private vehicle passing by the Monastery of Sao Bento, a historical sight belonging to the Benedictines, who have sung Gregorian chants at masses there since the 16th-century, the 30 story Martinelli building – São Paulo’s first skyscraper – and the Banespa Tower that looks similar to New York’s Empire State building. Pass the churches of St. Francis that were built during the 18th-century, and the Municipal Theater of São Paulo, the city’s oldest theater and a venue for renowned concerts and operas.  Learn from your guide about São Paulo Law School, the city’s first established university, admire the Tea Bridge, the 42-story Italian Tower and City Hall, an imposing building made entirely of travertine marble. Keep an eye out for Brazil’s largest residential building – the Copan building, designed by the famous architect, Oscar Niemeyer. In addition to these city landmarks, you’ll drive through several interesting areas including: - Liberdade: the Japanese district of São Paulo, where Japanese immigrants settled at the beginning of the 20th-century - Paulista Avenue: a financial district created at the end of the 19th-century, then home to wealthy coffee farmers - Ibirapuera Park: São Paulo´s main park including a peaceful garden landscape designed by Roberto Burle Marx - The Municipal Market: a vibrant building inaugurated in São Paulo in 1932. Besides coming in contact with the Brazil great gastronomical variety. You will be able to try the famous pastel de bacalhau (a fried pastry with salt-cod filling) or a sandwich with more than 400 grams of mortadela (meals not included in price) - Vila Madalena neighborhood - a bohemian area full of artist studios and home to the best murals in town. 

From São Paulo: Santo Amaro Island & Wild Beaches Day Trip

8. From São Paulo: Santo Amaro Island & Wild Beaches Day Trip

Arrive in Bertioga city and cross by ferry to the north of Santo Amaro Island. Then receive safety instructions from your guide. Now you are ready for your hike! Start on the first stretch of the trail called Hans Staden Trail to the first beach - White Beach. Walk across the beach and continue the trail to the second beach, the Black Beach, where you can also stop to take a refreshing bath in the Atlantic Ocean. Then head to the Camburi waterfall. Here you may also enjoy a refreshing bath. After that, hike to the third and last beach, Camburizinho. After that, return to the White Beach where you'll have free time to enjoy the place.

São Paulo: Coffee & Cheese Farm Tour with Breakfast & Lunch

9. São Paulo: Coffee & Cheese Farm Tour with Breakfast & Lunch

If you only have a short time in São Paulo and want to venture off the beaten track, this full-day guided tour combining a coffee farm and a cheese farm is ideal to experience the rural charms of Brazil. Visit a farm located in Itu, 1 hour and 20 minutes away from the center of São Paulo. Upon arrival, a flavorful full breakfast at the farmhouse will fill you up and get you ready for a packed day of exploring. After breakfast, learn how the farm has changed character over the years.  Next, head inside the main farmhouse to discover the original features, such as roof tiles molded on the thighs of black slave women. Then take an informative tour to learn all about the process of harvesting and roasting coffee beans, and all the work involved in the production of coffee. Visit the coffee warehouse, coffee machines, former slave quarters. Meet with local farmers and hear about the important role that coffee has played in the history and development of modern-day Brazil. Then join a guided walk along forested trails to reach a breathtaking viewpoint. The coffee shop offers the opportunity to try out different types and aromas of coffees, grounded right before drinking. In addition, you can try coffee liqueur, jabuticaba fruit, handmade cachaça, papaya candies, pickles, honey, and much more. Take a lunch break and taste typical Brazilian countryside cuisine, surrounded by nature. Continue to a family-run goat cheese farm and learn how cheese is made, from fresh milk to the curdling stage. Finish with cheese tastings and interesting stories.

São Paulo Street Art Tour

10. São Paulo Street Art Tour

See some of São Paulo’s most famous works of art on this graffiti tour of the city. São Paulo is proud of its various murals and public art pieces which they call “grafites”, and they are protected and revered by the local people. There are many well-known artists all with varying styles, which will be explored on this street art tour. Your guide will talk you through each artist and style, while giving you a narrative of its rich history in the process. Visit downtown São Paulo, including the neighborhoods of Vila Madalena, the main bohemian area of the city. Once you’ve been introduced to the art, the tour will finish at a Street Art Gallery, where you can browse the various pieces and learn more about this unique art form.

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What people are saying about São Paulo

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 66 reviews

A very well organized visit. Our guide Fabio was very friendly and considerate. The landscapes are splendid and our efforts on the climb are more than rewarded by a 360 degree view of Sao Paulo which is magnificent. Crossing the forest will give you the opportunity - with a little luck (which we had) - to observe several families of monkeys. To do absolutely if you go to Sao Paulo.

It was amazing. The driver picked us up at our apartment and timing was perfect. Picked up on time and perfect timing for all activities. The guide of the tour was very kind and very helpful and very knowledgeable. 100% recommended. Totally worth.

A great adventure with our guide, Mauricio. He clearly cares for the environment around him and wants to teach you as well! Trails can be slippery. Come prepared with your trail shoes, legs and mindset! Loved every second!

Amazing service from start to finish from all the staff and pilots.

The guide was extremely knowledgeable. Enjoyed the hike very much.