5 Facts about Sao Paulo

5 Facts about São Paulo – it’s written that way :) This is my last stop before Montevideo. It’s such a gigantic city!

Botticelli painting at MASP - Museum of Art, Sao Paulo

Botticelli painting at MASP – Museum of Art, Sao Paulo. I looove Botticelli!

Sao Paulo (founded on Jan 25, 1554) is the most populous city in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s also the 11th largest city in the world, by population. It’s all superlative here! There are many facts about the city, but let’s know 5 things about it now!


1. The city has cultural, economic and political influence both nationally and internationally. São Paulo is a cosmopolitan, melting pot city – the 14th most globalized city in the world, home to the largest Italian, Lebanese, Korean and Japanese immigration. São Paulo is also home to the largest urban Jewish population in the world. In 2016, inhabitants of the city were native to 196 different countries. And so, the amount of delicious restaurants from so many countries can be found there :)

Leaving the northeast of the country... I know people say it's tacky to take pictures from the plane, but I can't help, I love it! I googled and this seems to be called  Serra do Teixeira - amazing mountains

Leaving the northeast of the country… I know people say it’s tacky to take pictures from the plane, but I can’t help, I love it! I googled and this seems to be called Serra do Teixeira – amazing mountains

Serra da Mantiqueira exuberant nature

Serra da Mantiqueira exuberant nature

Arriving in Sao Paulo :)

Arriving in Sao Paulo :)



2. Paulista Avenue is the economic core of São Paulo and Latin America. The city has the 11th largest GDP in the world (Gross Domestic Product), producing 15% of the GDP of all of South America. Inaugurated in 1891, the avenue has a length of 2.7 km. Nearly 1.5 million people walk there daily. It’s more than the whole population of many countries! Impressive!

Paulista Avenue

Paulista Avenue, with MASP free standing space

Skyscrapers on Paulista Avenue

Skyscrapers on Paulista Avenue

The oldest house on Paulits Avenue - a survivor :)

The oldest house on Paulista Avenue – a survivor :)



3. MASP is the Art museum of Sao Paulo and it is internationally recognized for its collection of European art, considered the finest in Latin America and all Southern Hemisphere.  The building is very impressive, with a gigantic free standing space of over 74 metres (243 ft) considered a landmark of the city.



Renoir  paintings

Renoir paintings, Pink and Blue

El Greco painting, Annunciation

El Greco painting, Annunciation.  There are some variations of the theme in the world

4. The city of São Paulo has the largest helicopter fleet in the world. Every 5 minutes, at least 4 helicopters land or take off from one of the city’s many tall buildings. That’s because Sao Paulo is said to have the 7th worst transit on the planet, so helicopters are needed to move fast :)

5. São Paulo is home to the only gymnasium exclusively used to practice the sport of sumo outside of Japan :)

Beautiful old house

Beautiful old house

A great painted panel.  The city is full of street art

A great painted wall. The city is full of street art

More skyscrapers, modern architecture

More skyscrapers, modern architecture

Old and new architecture live together in this incredible city

Old and new architecture live together in this incredible city

Finishing Touch and Mood of the Week

Attract what you deserve quote

Wishing you a nice week with smilesThank you a lot for your lovely comments!

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47 thoughts on “5 Facts about Sao Paulo

  1. Hi Denise. It’s a lovely post like ever. The fotos are very beaultiful and the informations are very utility. Congratulations for your lessons. I didn’t know that São Paulo had largest helicopter fleet in the world neither that it had the only gymnasium exclusively used to practice the sport of sumo outside of Japan. I hope you have a good week.


  2. The city looks spectacular from the sky. Wow! I love your tiered floral maxi skirt, too. It looks so flouncy and easy. Perfect for sightseeing! Sorry about the delay in reading your blog. I’ve been super busy and so many things piled up in the interim. I’m just now getting around to visiting people’s blogs and it’s already less than an hour until midnight. Gaaahhhh. Hehe.

    I hope you had a pleasant weekend! <3

    – Anna


  3. Hello my sweet Denise!
    São Paulo is a very beautiful city!
    Very impressive pictures from the skyscrapers and the lovely old buildings!
    I really enjoyed your photos from the museum with all those wonderful paintings !
    I also like to take pictures from inside the plane! It’s an amazing experience!!!!
    Thank you for sharing all this beauty from your tour!
    Wishing you a lovely new week!Filakia!!! ❤️💋

  4. Wow. You wrote so many wonderful things here and your photographs captured so beautifully the soul of Paulista Avenue. It looks so well organized and so beautiful. I have forgotten what it looked like. Wonderful facts, amazing writing. While there please eat feijoada, drink Guarana, eat pao de queijo. You must go to the street markets and eat pastel there. Omg sooo good. Gorgeous post. Enjoy. xoxo Cris

  5. What a beautiful city Sao Paulo is! I hope to visit it some day as well.

    I think I actually knew about the large Italian & Japanese population, as Latin America is a place with one of the largest (if not the largest) Italian and Japanese immigration. However, I didn’t knew that San Paulo also has the largest Korean & Lebanese immigration. That was news to me.

    It is also nice to know that it is a city with the largest Jewish urban population in the world. I did know there were Jews living there because I read some authors from that area, but I didn’t know the details. So, this post was very interesting to me. You taught me many news things and you also reminded me of some things I heard about before. The world is such an exciting place, isn’t it? There is always more we can learn.

    I didn’t know about the massive helicopter fleet. I love helicopters!!!! It has been so long since I’ve last been on a helicopter ride. I miss it so much!!!!

    I do like your outfit. Maxi skirt is a great pairing with that denim jacket. You look very feminine and chic. I think that denim pieces are always a great choice, especially with patterns and colours, they really tone down an outfit.

    Thank you for showing us around.<3

  6. Hi Denise. This was so interesting to read (I couldn’t just see the photos, I wanted to read the facts too, even though my brain is exosted , it was busy day today ..). I didn’t know that it was the most populous city in Southern Hemisphere, and how incredible is the frequency of helicopters landing and taking off . Loved the paintings you captured Denise. Have a wonderful week ahead.

    Nina’s Style Blog

  7. I had no idea Sao Paulo was diverse. It looks lovely. I have always wanted to visit there. I had a dream I was there once. Kind of. It looked like Sao Paulo but I think it was supposed to be Heaven (in my dream) hahaha. But truly this looks like a great city and with the views makes sense it would have all those helicopters.

    Allie of ALLIENYC

    • Mmm…well pointed out, Suzanne! I forgot to mention that! It seems it’s not safe. I tend to avoid places that are this way, but as returning to Montevideo (that is safe!) I would have to stop by São Paulo, I decided to give it a go… But safe it’s definitely not, according to reports, although it depends in which area one is in… Thankfully nothing happened to me, but I’ve heard horrendous things with some acquaintances!

  8. Liebe Denise, danke fürs Mitnehmen nach Sao Paulo und dass Du auch die tollen Bilder vom Flugzeug aus gemacht hast! Ich sehe Sao Paulo hat wirklich viel zu bieten, besonders spannend finde ich, wie das älteste, verbliebende Haus aussieht :) Du siehst wieder wunderhübsch aus, ich mag Dein Strahlen einfach sehr <3
    Liebe Grüße, Rena

  9. Non immaginavo che Sao Paulo fosse una città così moderna!
    Chissà perchè mi immagino le città del sudamerica un pò tutte simili a Cuba o a Buenos Aires!^^
    In realtà il Brasile è una delle mete che desiderei visitare di più (uno dei miei migliori amici è proprio originario di Sao Paulo, anche se ormai vive stabilmente in Italia da più di 10 anni), anche se ho sempre un pò di timore per via delle voci che corrono sulla criminalità…
    Comunque sono sempre intererssantissimi i tuoi post, cara Denise, e mi danno tante belle idee per i miei futuri viaggi! :)
    Buona settimana tesoro! Baci!

  10. Hermosas fotos, Denise! Sao Paulo es una hermosa ciudad y tal como lo dijiste, super cosmopolita! Ademas de grandisima, obvio 😉 Creo totalmente que es una de las ciudades mas interesantes para visitar en Sudamerica :) Me encantaron las fotos de esas hermosas pinturas,y lcaro, los hechos tan interesantes que compartiste! Me alegra que hayas disfrutado de Brasil :) Espero que tengas unos dias hermosos, querida amiga!


  11. My husband has been trying to get me to go to Brazil for years, but I’m always afraid of the l o n g flight .. one day I will go :-)

    I also love Botticelli and years ago when we were in Italy (pre 9/11) – I did get to see The Birth of Venus by Botticielli – it’s so large, no history book can do it justice.

    Hope all is well in your world !! <3

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