When planning an itinerary to Brazil, most travelers elect to skip over Sao Paulo and head straight to Rio de Janeiro.
But Brazil’s biggest city has so much to offer! With amazing green parks, outstanding international dining, and safe neighborhoods, Sao Paulo is a great introduction to Brazil.
Check out these reasons (and more) you shouldn’t just skip Sao Paulo.
SP is CHEAP
To start, it is often a lot cheaper to fly to Sao Paulo than to Rio de Janeiro for international arrivals. If you’re flying in from the US or Central America, landing in Sao Paulo versus Rio de Janeiro can save you a couple hundred dollars.
You can use that savings to book a cheaper domestic flight from Sao Paulo to Rio, or even a comfy luxury bus.
Everything else in Sao Paulo is a bit cheaper than Rio de Janeiro as well, especially hotels. You can score a great deal on a comfortable, classy hotel for under $50, especially with the current low value of the reais (Brazilian currency).