This humongous metropolis is the world's fastest growing city (pop. est. 20 million including suburban areas), destined to become the planet's largest. Sao Paulo is not only the country's commercial and financial center but also South America’s most important cultural hub. The city features towering skyscrapers, astonishingly modern architecture, abundant hotels, impressive parks, the largest Japanese colony outside Japan, and three jet airports. Famous worldwide for its lively nightlife, the city offers over 25,000 restaurants, grills, bars, scores of nightclubs and cabarets, and over 50,000 taxis on the streets at all hours.
When to go
Sao Paulo has a pleasant, moderate, year round climate with highs in the mid 70s to low 80s and lows in the 60s.
• Vibrant nightlife.
• Excellent museums.
• Butantan Snake Farm and Museum, a half-day visit to this interesting project, where snakes are milked for their poison to make antiserums distributed worldwide.