Day Trips in Sao Paulo

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Even with all the sights and sounds in Sao Paulo, many visitors wish to get out of the city for a day or two and explore neighboring communities and their environs. Sao Paulo's centralized location makes a number of day trips easy and inexpensive to undertake. Visit the beach or neighboring Rio for an escape from Sao Paulo and add depth to your vacation to Brazil.

Guaruja Beach

Traveling to Brazil is not complete without a trip to the beach. If you are staying in Sao Paulo, the closest is Guaruja Beach, which is easily accessible by bus. The trip takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes and departs from the Jabaqura Bus Station. Choose from several bus lines and arrive there comfortably. Many tour companies and hotels will try to sell you expensive packages to travel to the beach, but the trip can be easily arranged on your own. This is a clean and picturesque beach that you may not want to leave once there.

Rio de Janeiro

Accessible by a 40 minute flight costing about $100 each way, Rio de Janiero is a great day trip from Sao Paulo. Once there, join a city tour to get the most out of your short stay. A 6 hour tour will typically run about $70 per person and will provide you with a nice overview of the best sights in the city. Visit Corcovado's famous Jesus statue and take the cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Rock before heading to the storied Copacabana and Ipanema beaches.


This city with European roots dating back to 1669 is a major player in the country's electronic and manufacturing industry, as well as the imports of Brazil nuts. It is a nice city to visit, as there is a strong emphasis here on urban planning as evidenced through the impressive selection of parks and gardens. Plant lovers must tour the Jarmin Botanico to experience this incredible garden, within a two-floor greenhouse styled to look like a castle. There is also a notable train trip here that lasts for 3 hours and travels through tunnels and over bridges for an off-the-beaten-path look at the waterfalls, streams and vegetation of the area.

When the pavement of Sao Paulo becomes too much, escape to any of these neighboring communities for a refreshing look at some picturesque areas of the country and you will be glad you did.

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