Get to know one of the world’s largest cities by heading directly into its heart with a tour of neo-Gothic Sé Cathedral and a few hours of free culture at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil. When you get hungry, visit the bustling Mercado Municipal for a giant, world-famous mortadella sandwich, followed by an afternoon of art at the gloriously restored Pinacoteca do Estado.
Start the day up on Avenida Paulista, where you can choose between indoor art action at the São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) or explore the small patch of tropical forest just across the street, Trianon Park.
Smack in the middle of town, São Paulo’s vast Ibirapuera Park offers visitors hiking and biking trails to keep body together along with a clutch of artfully-designed museums to take care of the mind. The absorbing Museu Afro Brasil and the engaging Museum of Modern Art (MAM) are two of the park’s must-sees.