Sao Paulo, End of tour in the craziest city

Trip Start Feb 06, 2014
Trip End Jul 02, 2014

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Flag of Brazil  , São Paulo,
Thursday, June 26, 2014

From Curitiba we had the option of ending our follow Australia Green and Gold Army tour in Rio or Sao Paulo.

As we had already been to Rio we chose the option to see Sao Paulo.

So we took one of our coaches and headed on a 6 hour bus ride to the amazing/crazy city.

We had heard from others traveling that Sao Paulo was a fairly rough city. But when we left Sao Paulo we found we loved it!

When we arrived the traffic was horrendous and some streets were closed due to people camping out on the road in protest of something. We found out later that the population of the metro area alone is over 20 MILLION! And because there are so many people they are only allowed to drive their cars on certain days according to their number plates there are so many.

Even though there were no visible slum areas in this city it was noticeably a much poorer population. A lot of old run down buildings and apartments have been taken over by squatters.

The day after we arrived we did a city tour organised by the GG Army where we got to really appreciate this city.

After we walked around sightseeing for  a bit we went up one of the tallest buildings which was inspired by and looks like the Empire State Building. The viewing deck at the top however can only accommodate about 6 people at once so it was a slow process getting up there.

But when we got up there we were blown away. It made sense why the traffic was crazy because the city was so spread out. The buildings seemed to never end and they were not organised like a grid.

Because the traffic is mayhem the rich travel by helicopter to avoid the congestion.

We had lunch at a massive indoor market that sold many delicious things and on the second level had plenty of restaurants. As always there were plenty of TVs around for people to watch the World Cup and every goal scored made the whole market erupt with cheers and applause.

That afternoon we visited the Football Museum inside one of the traditional stadiums. It was a great way to end the tour as it showcased Brazil's fanatical passion for football and how it was more of a religion than a sport to them.

That evening our bus got lost on the way to taking the tour group to dinner. After an hour we all just got off the bus because we all were so hungry. Luckily we were only a block away from a fun street with restaurants and road side vendors selling food and drinks. And that was the end of our time with the GG Army guys.

The next day the 4 of us took it easy and went down to see the craziest street that was half market half shops and had lunch at the indoor market again.

It has been great to see so many different cities in Brazil.
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