With the grand prix coming up next week in Sao Paulo, it is an optimal time to get to know more about this Brazilian city. Located in the southeastern portion of Brazil, Sao Paulo is a city with one of the largest populations in the world, with over 21 million residents in the metropolitan area. While Sao Paulo’s rainy season peaks from December until February, the city enjoys warm temperatures most of the year.
Being the largest city in the Southern Hemisphere, the Sao Paulo area has six airports that handle business aviation traffic. In the city you will find Sao Paulo International Airport (SBGR), Sao Paulo Airport – Campo de Marte (SBMT) and Sao Paulo / Congonhas Airport (SBSP). To the west is Aeropuerto Estadual Bertram Luiz Leupolz (SDCO), to the north is Virocopos International Airport (SBKP) and to the east is Sao Jose doe Campos Airport (SBSJ). In-flight catering is available at all of these location through the Air Culinaire Worldwide Network.
If you have extra time on the ground while in Sao Paulo, there are many opportunities to get outside and explore the city. Quite possibly the most popular way to tour the city is with one of the many bike tours available, such as Bike Tour SP or Urban Bike SP. If you are feeling more daring, try rock climing at Casa de Pedra or book a rafting experience with Adventurous Friends. For popular annual events, aside from the grand prix, of course, you will find everyone celebrating Carnival.
It is no surprise with the size of Sao Paulo that you will find yourself amongst dozens of museums. You will have more than your fill of knowledge on history, art and culture. A few popular museums are the Centro Cultural, Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, Pinacoteca and the Museo Historico da Imigracao Japonesa no Brasil.
Due to the large size of the city, you will have many options for getting around, including the subway, car rentals, buses, trains and taxis. Sao Paulo is a cultural melting pot, with immigrants from all over the world. When greeting or departing, European-style formalities are used. For details on Brazilian cuisine and regional cuisine, be sure to read “Brazilian Cuisine and In-Flight Catering for Private Aviation” and “Regional Flavors of Brazilian Cuisine.”
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