Sao Paulo Brazil Holiday
São Paulo, Brazil’s vibrant financial centre, is among the world's most populous cities, and home to several colonial monuments, green parks and art museums. At its heart, is the neo-Gothic cathedral capped by a Renaissance-style dome. Opposite, the colonial-style Pátio do Colégio church, built in 1554, is the original nucleus of the city. São Paulo, is known for its skyscrapers, including the 1929, Edifício Martinelli and modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer’s curvy Edifício Copan.
Starting is Sao Paulo, visit Brasilia, the modern capital of Brasil. The city planned and developed by Brazilian architects; Lúcio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer. Alongside the bold new architectural concepts, the Brazilian landscape designers headed by Roberto Burle Marx, created beautiful and harmonious urban environments. Travel to Ouro Preto, to see Brazil’s colonial architecture that derived from Portugal and whose enduring examples of this attractive style, can be seen in its churches and monasteries, now meticulously restored.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 12 DAY SAO PAULO BRAZIL HOLIDAY…
And, experience best examples of its colonial & modern architecture.
Brazilian colonial architecture was derived from Portugal, with adaptations demanded by the tropical climate. The more enduring examples of this very attractive style are to be found in the churches and monasteries of the older cities, but most spectacularly in Ouro Preto, the first capital of the province of Minas Gerais. This city has been meticulously restored and protected as part of Brazil's heritage and it is now on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
From the second half of the 19th century to the beginning of this century Brazilian architects were under a pervasive French influence. Since then, without losing contact with innovators in other countries, such as Le Corbusier in France and Frank Lloyd Wright in the U.S., architecture in Brazil has evolved its own style. It now attracts worldwide attention as one of the country's most characteristic art forms. The volume and pace of urban expansion during the last 30 years have provided exceptional opportunities for combining social and functional needs with artistic expression. The result has been not only the burgeoning of many fine buildings, but also the birth of entire suburbs and completely new cities.
New buildings alone cannot create beautiful and harmonious urban environments. Alongside the bold new architectural concepts, a school of landscape designers headed by Roberto Burle Marx has arisen in Brazil to balance the images of concrete and glass structures with the welcoming greenery of gardens and parks. As a result of his work in many Brazilian cities, Burle Marx has acquired an international reputation. Experience history, architecture and design along with Brazil’s exuberant culture and still have time to relax in the sun.
There are plenty of choices of carrier to Brazil from the UK, with São Paulo and Rio being the usual points of arrival. If your ultimate destination is neither of these cities, it is usually best to connect in Rio, or connect with a flight on the continent, where your options are TAM to Recife from Paris, or TAP via Lisbon to Recife, Salvador, Fortaleza, Natal, Belo Horizonte and Brasília. If you only want to go to the Amazon, Manaus via Miami with TAM is your best bet, but it’s unlikely to be cheaper or quicker than a flight to Rio or São Paulo and then a connection north.
Sao Paulo – Brasilia – Ouro Preto - Rio
(12 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Sao Paulo Meet and greet on arrival in Sao Paulo and transfer to your hotel.
Afternoon tour (Optional): Take tour through the city, visiting the residential areas of Higienópolis with its 1950’s apartment buildings; the Soccer Stadium and Ibirapuera Park with its beautiful gardens and lakes. Then travel to the Oriental District, where the Japanese have their commerce and the Sao Paulo’s Cathedral.
Evening in Sao Paulo: We recommend your first dinner in Brazil at Fasano restaurant at the hotel. Inspired by the elegant scenario of Milan, the native land of the Fasanos, the restaurant offers the gastronomic delights by the well known chef Salvatore Loi.
Overnight at Fasano Sao Paulo Hotel.
Day 2 – City Highlights Tour
Sao Paulo Today is at leisure for you to explore the town and shop at some of the most exclusive shopping centres in the town. Travel to Oscar Freire Street, considered to be one of the eight most luxury streets according to the 'Mystery Shopping International'. A privileged place where both sophistication and elegance meet. Take a break for coffee at Santo Grao, voted for having the best espresso in the city.
Lunch at Figueira Rubaiyat for the fantastic Mediterranean food whose food and service are a benchmark for top quality! By far, one of the fine dining spots in town for the best beef!
Overnight at Fasano Sao Paulo Hotel (B)
Day 3 – City Highlights Tour
Sao Paulo Today you will visit the Ibirapuera Park, a major urban park in the city of Sao Paulo. It has a large area for leisure, jogging and walking, as well as a convention centre. Its importance to Sao Paulo is comparable to the Central Park in New York City. The park complex contains several buildings; most of them designed by the famous architect Oscar Niemeyer and landscape by designer Roberto Burle Marx.
Overnight at hotel (B)
Day 4 – Transfer
Brasilia Morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Brasilia. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at hotel (B)
Day 5-6 – City Highlights Tour
Brasilia During the next three days, explore the city in full. Brasília is said to be designed in the shape of a bird or a hummingbird, with each of its architectural marvels strategically laid out along the Eixo Monumental and its residential and commercial blocks along its outspread wings. With long distances and harrowing six-lane highways connected by spaghetti junctions to negotiate, Brasília is not really a city for walkers. The best option is to take city tour or get on a flight to look at the city from air.
Overnight at hotel (B)
Day 7 – Transfer
Ouro Preto Transfer in the morning to Ouro Preto via Congonhas.
Congonhas do Campo: Together with Ouro Preto and Sabará, Congonhas is one of the remaining towns of the gold cycle. You will see Aleijadinho’s sculpture masterpieces; the twelve prophets in soapstone and polychromatic woodwork considered the greatest artistic treasure in Brazil.
Lunch at a local restaurant with typical bean based dishes. Later explore the old gold mine in a nearby village before returning to Ouro Preto.
Overnight at Nossa Senhora do Rosário or Pousada do Mondego (B, L)
Day 8 – Explore Gold mines
Ouro Preto We head to the village of Mariana to explore an old gold mine, 12km from Ouro Preto. When gold was first discovered here, it could be easily found in river beds. Mariana is a National Heritage Town and has an enormous number of churches and historical chapels that attract tourists for their beauty and symbolism.
The pipe organ of the St Cathedral-Basilica is a special attraction. Built between 1700 and 1710 by the German Arp Schnitger, - considered one of the greatest organ builders of all times. There is only one other similar instrument in the world in the city of Faro, Portugal.
Day 9 – Transfer
Rio de Janeiro The city of Petrópolis first started as a farm where the imperial family of Brazil built its summer residence. It is a fine mountain resort, famous for its museum, imperial time’s memorabilia and many cultural activities. The resort grew as it maintained its status as the summer residence of the President of the Republic. Today, Petrópolis is an independent city famous also for sports and knitwear. Avoid Mondays when the Imperial museum is closed. Arrival at Rio in the evening and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight at hotel along the Copacabana Beach. (B)
Day 10 – City Highlights Tour
Rio de Janeiro Rio's major colonial buildings are located downtown where the city started to develop. Here you will have the opportunity to see the influence from the French architecture, including Marechal Floriano Square, where you can observe the best of late 18th century French style architecture. National Library is reputed worldwide for the copies of Gutemberg's bible and other first editions dating back to 1500 AD - brought to Brazil by the Imperial family of Portugal when they moved to Brazil fleeing Napoleon's threat. Lunch at Confeitaria Colombo Restaurant - one of the most traditional restaurants in Rio.
After lunch, we will head to Santa Teresa (old neighbourhood of Rio) where you can see the original architecture of the beginning of the 19thcentury. Once a hippies centre, today Santa Teresa is home of many artists, painters and sculptors. Continue to one of Wonders of the World: The statue of Christ the Redeemer, which crowns the top of the Corcovado Mountain with stunning views of Guanabara Bay, Sugar Loaf and the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema below.
Overnight at hotel (B, L)
Day 11 – Niteroi Tour
Rio de Janeiro In the city of Niteroi you will visit the Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by Oscar Niemeyer over the “Bon Voyage” reflecting pool that surrounds the cylindrical base “like a flower”. After lunch, you will then catch the local ferry back to Rio de Janeiro where you will be met again by your driver and taken to the hotel.
Overnight at hotel (B, L)
Day 12 – Depart
Rio de Janeiro Trans to the airport for your onward flight.
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Overview Brazil is bigger than the United States (excluding Alaska) and the journey from Recife in the east to the western border with Peru is longer than that from London to Moscow, and the distance between the northern and southern borders is about the same as that between New York and Los Angeles.
Roughly two-thirds of Brazil’s population live near the coast and well over half live in cities. In Rio and São Paulo, Brazil has two of the world’s great metropolises. Most Brazilians speak Portuguese but there are also Spanish speakers who won’t understand Portuguese.
In the extreme south German and eastern European immigration has left distinctive traces; São Paulo has the world’s largest Japanese community outside Japan; a large Afro-Brazilian population is concentrated in Rio, Salvador and São Luís; while the Indian influence is very visible in the Amazon.
Where to go The three largest cities in Brazil; São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte are worth visiting but Rio, which really is as beautiful as it seems in pictures, is the one essential destination.
The South, encompassing the states of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul includes much of the enormous Paraná River system. Further south-west are the spectacular Iguaçu Falls on the border with Argentina, one of the great natural wonders of South America.
The Central Brazil is dominated by an enormous plateau of savanna and rock escarpments. In the middle, lies Brasília, the country’s space-age capital, and gateway to Mato Grosso. It includes the Pantanal, the largest wetlands in the world and the richest wildlife reserve anywhere in the Americas. North and west Mato Grosso shades into the Amazon, the world’s largest river basin that also contains two major cities – Belém, at the mouth of the Amazon itself, and Manaus, some 1600km upstream.
The Northeast, the part of Brazil that curves out into the Atlantic Ocean is a region of dramatic contrasts: a lush tropical coastline with the best beaches in Brazil. Two of its largest cities; Recife and Salvador, are most heavily Afro-Brazilian and a fascinating place to visit.
When to go When thinking about the best time to visit Brazil, it’s worth bearing in mind that the country splits into four distinct climatic regions. The only part of Brazil that ever gets really cold is the South and Southeast, the region roughly from central Minas Gerais to Rio Grande do Sul that includes Belo Horizonte, São Paulo and Porto Alegre.
In January the rains are coming to an end and it is a good time to visit Rio. But the warmer days are accompanied by the start of the rains in the Amazon and the Pantanal. February is Carnival time in Brazil. In April and May the temperatures begin to decline and by end April, Pantanal enters its dry season.
June and July is winter in Brazil but temperatures rarely hit freezing overnight. It is a good time to visit the Green Coast between Rio and Sao Paulo; evenings are cooler, but the air is fresh and the sea still warm. Bahia's rainy season tends to begin in June, with one or two showers that arrive in the afternoon.
August and October are perhaps the best time to visit the Pantanal, and also great for spending time in Rio, where spring is arriving, there are few clouds in the sky and the temperatures are on the rise. Summer arrives in November, and you can expect high temperatures across the country. Rio de Janeiro in December tends to be hot and dry, but it gets busy during Christmas and New Year.
Visa Visas for Brazil are not required by all nationals of EU countries for stays of up to 90 days. Visas are required by nationals of Australia, Canada and the USA. Other national to check with Brazilian Consulate in their respective countries.
For UK Travellers: British nationals can normally enter Brazil without a visa as a tourist.
Make sure you comply with Brazilian immigration laws on arrival in the country. You must satisfy the Federal Police (the Brazilian immigration authority) of your intended purpose of visit. You will need to be able to demonstrate that you have enough money for the duration of your stay, and provide details of your accommodation and evidence of return or onward travel. Make sure your passport is stamped. If it is not, you may be fined on departure. Keep your immigration landing card. You’ll need it when you leave. If you lose it you may be fined.
Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Brazil.
For further information about visas see the website of the Brazilian Consulate in London.
Visa information source: www.gov.uk