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

1. 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.

Sao Paulo: Liberdade Asian District Walking Tour

2. Sao Paulo: Liberdade Asian District Walking Tour

Discover the largest Japanese community in the world outside Japan and rescue the memory of the black people in the region who played a key role in the formation of the area. Learn how Liberdade became the bustling commercial center, filled with exotic shops, restaurants, cafes, typically oriental decorations and markets with unique products not found elsewhere. Liberdade is even more vibrant with its Arts and Crafts Fair that creates a real hub of activity every weekend. The neighborhood is also a reference for buying Japanese pop culture products, aimed at anime, k-pop and geek fans. After the overview tour is over, armed with recommendations, you'll be free to have lunch on your own and explore at your own pace the radiant streets with many cozy cafes and a myriad of cool places.

Sao Paulo: City Highlights and LGBTQIA+ Scene Private Tour

3. Sao Paulo: City Highlights and LGBTQIA+ Scene Private Tour

São Paulo is known for making the biggest LGBTIA+ Parade in the WORLD and is at the forefront when it comes to gay-friendly tourism. In addition, the city is a pioneer in many affirmative actions that brought it an excellent reputation being recognized as one of the 30 cities in the world with the Rainbow City seal, for being friendly to the LGBTQIA+ population. The city is friendly not only during gay pride parade, but also throughout the whole year, especially in alternative city areas, gay bars, clubs, attractions, and open-minded establishments. There is nothing more pleasant than being welcomed well in the destination. Much better if it's by an expert local gay-friendly guide who will ensure you have an exciting and safe experience. This tour is designed to be totally flexible. Take full advantage of the one-on-one experience customizing your day or nighttime on a private tour. Explore the local gay scene or just visit São Paulo’s major attractions having an overview of it.

Paraisópolis: São Paulo's Vibrant Favela & Its Hidden Artist

4. Paraisópolis: São Paulo's Vibrant Favela & Its Hidden Artist

Take a journey to discover Paraisópolis, a favela where almost 100,000 people live. Experience an area of Sao Pulo that has experienced great transformations in recent years, and where brilliant artists have made their mark.  The tour starts at the Community Association Office. Learn about the community’s history, the foundation of the Community Association, and its main projects. Then, you will be led to the community radio studio to watch a live show and meet some community speakers. Next, pay a visit to Berbéla, a great artist and an important resident of the community. Berbéla builds his works of art from automotive parts such as metal scraps and chemical waste, giving life to all sorts of material discarded in his workshop. Then, continue to the house of the sculptor Estevão, also known as the “Gaudí of Paraisópolis”. Once there, you will be able to enter a beautiful stone house, full of accessories and common objects such as cups, saucers and dishes, which are part of the structure of the house, giving it charm and a sense of fantasy. Go on an adventure through openings and gaps to reach the house's viewpoint, and appreciate the contrasting scenery of the favela facing the fancy neighborhood of Morumbi. Finally, walk through narrow alleyways to reach the Palmeirinha’s football field, and perhaps catch a team who are part of the "Rugby For All" initiative playing a match.

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I really liked this tour and I think I was very lucky to have Denis as my guide as he did a great job. Denis was very knowledgeable about the places, shared tons of information, and was very communicative throughout the tour. I definitely recommend him as your guide! The coffee farm shows history of the coffee making process which I found very interesting; the coffee they served there was very delicious and the lunch was tasty and a huge portion! I really enjoyed the cheese farm - Celia and Luisa were wonderful hosts! Their story of how they started it was very interesting and inspiring! Their handmade cheese from cow and goat's milk were super super delicious!! It is definitely worth the visit, and I am sure that you will not leave with empty hands. :-)