Sao Paulo and Around

Sao Paulo state boasts the largest industry, population, commercial activity, stock market, and cultural output in Brazil. In many ways it encompasses the best and worst of Brazil with its booming business community and sprawling favelas juxtaposed against a backdrop of great ecological beauty and horrible traffic jams. With its gargantuan population of 41 million, this tiny coastal state composes over a fifth of the Brazilian population.
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=> Check our Sao Paulo City Guide
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UbatubaSao Paulo, the city, with a population of 19 million, has long served as Brazil's de facto capital, with its deep and broad commerce, industry, and business. But it has seen something of a cultural renaissance of late as well, with increased tourism, and increased awareness of sophisticated culinary, arts, and nightlife worlds.

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Visitors will find Paulistas, with a slightly harder edge than their Carioca (Rio de Janeiro) neighbors, and immense cultural diversity, to compare favorable to the denizens of other major world metropolises.
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Outside of the City of Sao Paulo
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Serra da Mantiqueira

While the city is a world unto itself, make sure you take the time to head out to see the rest of the state. Ubatuba, with its majestic coastal mountain ranges, is particularly recommended. In nearby Campos do Jordao you'll find mountain ranges where the tallest peaks top out at over 2500m.

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And if you're interested in seeing virgin Mata Atlantica (Brazilian Atlantic Forest) head to Iporanga, where in the nearby Parque Estadual do Alto do Ribeira you'll also find a mysterious world of caves, many of them still unexplored. Finally, if you're interested in mountain climbing, head to Serra da Mantiqueira, known as "Brazil's Switzerland".

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