National Geographic : 2007 Dec
S O Paulo: he roun the-coc metropois Beautiful, intellectual, democratic, lively, sporting, cultural, romantic, modern, serious, outgoing, professional. Tireless. There aren't enough adjectives to accurately translate what Sao Paulo - one of the largest cities in the world - represents. Formed by a mix of nationalities, cultures, faiths and urban tribes, Sao Paulo has a cosmopolitan soul. Diversity that appears in its architecture, in its tastes and in the clothes of its inhabitants. A city with many cities, Sao Paulo is an excellent destination for great professional and cultural events with a calendar filled with theater, cinema, contemporary art festivals, as well as exhibitions in tune with the global trends. Among the museums, there are two musts: the Pinacoteca and the Masp, on Paulista Avenue. A show of its own happens early in the morning at the Municipal Market, where the fresh flavors from all over Brazil are gathered before their trip to the tables of homes and restaurants.Then, in the afternoon, jogging in Ibirapuera Park will help you catch your breath and be prepared for one of the planet's most vibrant nightlife scenes. It is guaranteed fun until the following morning! This is a place where time doesn't stop. In the early hours of the morning, while some are shopping, others work out in gyms, dance to another song or go to work.To be in Sao Paulo is to experience an around-the-clock metropolis, with a lifestyle that mixes work and leisure as if they were two faces of the same coin. Surrender to the electrifying adventure of discovering it. LU There are direct connections between the USA and Sao Paulo Lo Q8, from Atlanta, Boston, Clicago, L r(Sr0; Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, and Washington. Most of the year, the weather is mild. From November to March, the ut'. ,jO temperature can reach the upper S'e 80's s Inthese months, it often rais hard at the end of the afternoon, which may make traffic difficult. In the winter (June and July) it can be very cold, with temperatures dropping as ow as 42°F. Professional engagements in So : Paulo require more formal clothes. S Sport and casual clothes are enough for daytime tourism The winter calls for something a little warmer. At night, more elegant clothes are recommended. The electric current is 110V in the city, and 220V in many coastal areas . Leave room inyour suitcase for : purchases! Gratuities are optional but usually are around 10% of the consumed total and are added to the final value of the bill. Fernando de Noronho H OiiU Two airlines have regular flights to g)t from Recife (1:20 flight) and Natal (55 minutes). ther options are sea cruises and private ships, SThere are two well-defined seasons: cCr a dry one (from September to March) and a rainy one (from April to August), the latter with sporadic rains and intense sunshine. Between August and November the waters are calm and ideal for diving. Between December and March, the sea is rough, good for surfing. The average temperature during the year is 8PF1 LUhot The climate is tropical and the waters are warm, so take light clothes, caps, sungasses, sun block, reels, diving mask, sandals or tennis shoes for hiking and walking. The electric current is 220 V. i Drink a lot of water and always follow the Laws of the National Park. Camping is forbidden. Beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, soft white sand. The setting may seem like a dream, but it is real and part of life in the Archipelago of Fernando de Noronha (Pernambuco State).Tourism is developed in a sustainable manner here; its 21 islands may only be visited with a permit, which guarantees the preservation of this spectacular ecological sanctuary. The main island, which has the same name as the archipelago, is the only one that is inhabited and is the largest island of all. Its fauna is characterized mainly by the spinner dolphin and migratory birds. There occurs a rare phenomenon in oceanic islands: the existence of mangroves and swampy plains that meander down to the beaches. Fernando de Noronha is also a breeding ground for green turtles, which lay their eggs between January and July. Another beautiful spectacle of the island can be seen every day, at dawn, when schools of dolphins swim into the bay, an area of calm protected waters. Fernando de Noronha's beaches are also excellent for diving, with their high season in October, when the crystal-clear sea waters are calmer and stiller, which makes it easier to find several species of fish, rays, sharks, turtles, morays, barracudas, and dolphins as well as several types of rocky formations, coral reefs, and shipwrecks. Paradise is closer than you could imagine...