Sao Paulo, the real concrete jungle!
Trip Start Mar 17, 2013
41Trip End Jul 18, 2013
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Girassol Vila Madalena
There is grafitti everywhere. But not grafitti as we know it in the UK - tags and slurs about other people, this is amazing art! The colours are incredibly vibrant, the designs so creative. In Vila Madelena, the artists district where we were staying, there is a street called Buco do Batman - Batmans cave. Artists have distinct sections each to play with, and the whole street is decorated - walls, pavements, lampposts and steps.
Sao Paulo is the ideal destination for culture vultures
My favourite pitstop was the Instuto Butanta - where they have 85,000 poisonous species which they extract venom from to make vaccines and medecines. You can see a selection of these - giant snakes, tiny snakes, glow in the dark scorpions, irridescent iguanas and huge hairy tarantulas.
We didn´t stay long enough to really get to know the city, but it certainly left an impression. It is incredibly vibrant, with 20 million people living here. Rush hour on the tube with our rucksacks was unforgettable... It was a shock to the system after a week of lounging in beach towns. I think we could have spent weeks there and not run out of things to do, but we were quite ready to leave after a few days of mental metropolitan life.