Brazil step by step – Part 4

The land of garoa and surprises

On the afternoon of January 26th, around seven thousand people dared the heat and rode 10 km through the streets of São Paulo due to a very special reason: it was the anniversary of Brazil’s largest city. São Paulo turned 457 years old.

The state capital, kindly called “Sampa”, is a city that never sleeps. Over there business centers, shopping malls, entertainments and other countless events come together in an impressive flurry. It’s not surprising, therefore, that this one metropolis ends up being responsible for 10% of Brazilian GDP.

São Paulo is also the capital of Brazil’s most populous state, with over forty-one million inhabitants, so that it is the third most populous political unit of South America. Its population, which is the most diversified of Brazil, is the financial, cultural, gastronomic and artistic center of the country.

The coast of the state of São Paulo is also a beloved destination for many tourists, who want to visit more than 622 kilometers of beaches of all types and sizes imaginable. But once inside the state you can find resorts, rural tourism, eco-towns with the European climate, natural parks, historical buildings and much more. In winter, the city Campos do Jordão emerges as the main tourist destination, thanks to the Winter Cultural Festival and various other attractions.

In addition to being the birthplace of great personalities of Brazilian history – like the musicians Carlos Gomes and Villa Lobos – São Paulo also stands for one of the national passions: soccer. The state of São Paulo hosts some of the major Brazilian soccer teams, like Corinthians, São Paulo, Palmeiras and Santos.
The last one was responsible for spreading the name of the state worldwide, long before it became the actual economic giant. It was in the fields of Santos‘ stadium that Brazilian hero Pele started his career.


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