São Paulo’s vast metropolis harbors cultural, historical, and gastronomical riches guaranteed to delight the curious traveler. As Brazil and Latin America’s largest city there’s no better place to take a bike tour to maximize your sightseeing discoveries.
São Paulo is a megalopolis of impressive proportions: vast green spaces co-exist with concrete skyscrapers that dominate the horizon, while millions of people live, work, and soak up life in Latin America’s crucible of culture, entertainment, and business. The city enjoys a truly international, cosmopolitan atmosphere, proffering all kinds of cuisines and cultural festivals - São Paulo is home to the largest Arab, Italian, Japanese, and Portuguese diasporas in the world.
São Paulo was settled by the Portuguese in the 16th century, and before that was the native homeland of Guarani peoples. The region remained poor until the discovery of gold in the Minas Gerais region towards the beginning of the 18th century. After this, the city became prosperous, acting as the point of convergence for all railroads from the interior of the state and quickly developing a burgeoning coffee industry.
Today, São Paulo is the financial capital of Brazil and one of the main economic centers of Latin America. This prosperity is complemented by the city’s cultural richness: many of the founders of Modernism in Brazil worked in São Paulo, while architecture by the renowned architect Oscar Nieymar is on display in the lush Parque Ibirapuera.
Explore the diverse districts of downtown São Paulo on a bike tour through Largo do Arouche, Bom Retiro, and Liberdade for an encounter with the city’s countercultural artists, Japanese and Afro-Brazilian communities, and a slice of political history. Take a guided tour through the city’s parks to enjoy the tranquil space of Parque Ibirapuera and the leafy upmarket neighborhood of Jardins. Or, soak up São Paulo’s street art on a city tour that examines creative expressions of Paulista life and stops at the iconic Beco do Batman.