The City of São Paulo
São Paulo is one of the largest cities in the world, with over 18 million people in its metropolitan area. It hosts around 15% of Brazilian GDP and is the heart of the Brazilian economy.
It is metropolitan in nature, with a diversified population, composed of Italians, Germans, Japanese (the largest community outside Japan), Lebanese, Chinese, Koreans, Spaniards and, of course, Portuguese.
The São Paulo state road system, composed of modern highways, converges to São Paulo city. Good coaches are available every 30 minutes to Rio de Janeiro (5-hour ride), Belo Horizonte (6-hours), Curitiba (5 hours), and Campinas (1 hour).
The nearby beautiful beaches at Santos and Guarujá cities are accessed by a state-of-the-art highway, with buses every 15 minutes.
It features two of the busiest airports in Brazil: International Airport of Sao Paulo / Guarulhos - Governador André Franco Montoro - or Cumbica Airport – GRU and Congonhas Airport / São Paulo - CGH - with many options for flights abroad and for all major cities in Brazil. Trains are not used for passenger transport only domestic consumer goods.
The climate is tropical of altitude, characterized by summer rainfall and average annual temperature between 19°C and 27°C. But all seasons can be seen in a single day in Sao Paulo. The city may dawn sunny and cloudless and finish the day with a thunderstorm. So it is common to see “Paulistanos” with coats and umbrellas on hot days.
Those days are most common during the summer, when rain usually falls in late afternoon, relieving the heat. In autumn, the temperature is mild, averaging around 23°C. Winter usually has dry and sunny, with temperatures rarely drop below 15 ºC. In spring, the days are very hot and dry.
Options for arrival in the city of São Paulo by plane
There are some options to get from the airport to the Hotel Maksoud Plaza, as follows:
1) Sao Paulo International Airport - GRU - http://www.gru.com.br/pt/
a) A taxi from the International Airport of São Paulo (GRU) and the Maksoud Plaza Hotel costs on average R$150,00 (Brazilian Reals). The company convening taxi to the airport is Guarucoop: http://www.guarucoop.com.br/
b) There are two buses options: an executive bus that costs R$36,50 and a regular bus, which costs around R$3,50. The metro in Sao Paulo costs R$3,00 single fare (one way)..
i.The executive bus Airport Bus Service has several lines. The nearest one to Hotel Maksoud Plaza is the Av. Paulista line, stopping at Rua São Carlos do Pinhal, about 0.5 m away from the hotel. Link to the executive coach: http://www.airportbusservice.com.br/br/linhas
ii.The regular bus goes to Tatuapé subway station, where it is necessary to take the red line towards Palmeiras/Barra Funda station. Take down at the República station and change trains (no extra cost) to the yellow line towards Butant station. Take down on Paulista station and change trains (no extra cost) to the green line towards Vila Prudente. Take down one station later, at Trianon - MASP. This station is about 10 min walking to the Maksoud Plaza Hotel: http://www.aeroportoguarulhos.net/transporte-metro-aeroporto-guarulhos e também: http://www.metro.sp.gov.br/pdf/mapa-da-rede-metro.pdf
2) Domestic Congonhas Airport ( CGH ) - http://www.aeroportocongonhas.net
a) A taxi from domestic airport Congonhas (CGH ) and the Maksoud Plaza Hotel costs around R$70,00. In every area of the airport arrivals there are taxi stops.
b) b) The nearest subway station to the airport is the São Judas Station (blue line). Take the bus line 675I - Metro São Judas, which connects the airport to the subway. The price of the bus pass is R$3,00 for a single ticket (one way). The metro in São Paulo also costs R$3,00 single tickets (one way). In São Judas subway station, take the blue line towards Tucuruvi station and stop at the Ana Rosa station. Change trains (no extra cost) to the green line, towards Vila Mariana station. Take down two stations later, at Trianon-MASP. This station is about 10 min walking to the Maksoud Plaza Hotel: http://www.metro.sp.gov.br/pdf/mapa-da-rede-metro.pdf
DEATUR, the São Paulo City Police unit which operates just for tourists, has the following suggestions to make your stay in São Paulo as pleasant and safe as possible.
To call DEATUR, just dial (11) 3257-4475
At the airport
Pay close attention during check-in and when claiming baggage as these are the most critical times for travelers, who are often tired. Airport crowds can also be distracting, making travelers more vulnerable to theft. Always remain alert at airport terminals and remember the following:
- Upon claiming your baggage, make sure it is closed in the exact same manner as when you checked it.
- To ask for information or assistance always look for an identified police officer or an employee of the airline you are using. Never talk to strangers. There is a DEATUR police station at all São Paulo airports, staffed by specially trained professionals to provide assistance to travelers.
- Always keep a close eye on your belongings. Be careful with men or women who approach you to ask questions. Their objective could be simply to distract you. Respond normally while not letting your baggage out of your sight.
- Do not open suitcases or other bags in public, especially if they contain electronic equipment or money.
- Never handle large quantities of cash in public.
- If you must use an ATM, make sure no one is watching when you enter your security code. If the machine malfunctions, only request assistance from identified employees.
- Never agree to carry packages for people you don’t know.
- If another person is not feeling well and asks you to go get help, do so but do not leave your belongings with this person, even if he or she insists that you can move more quickly without your belongings.
- When using taxis or renting cars, choose only registered professionals and companies. When entering the vehicle, ask that all your belongings be placed in the trunk. If the driver refuses, look for another taxi.
- It is important to keep your luggage in the trunk, especially if you are carrying a laptop computer.
- When using your mobile phone inside the taxi, keep the device away from the window.
- In slow moving traffic, do not handle large quantities of cash inside the vehicle.
It is important to pay special attention at hotels, as visitors spend the majority of their time there. Despite having security guards and a close relationship with the police, hotels are not immune to crime. Follow these suggestions to have a more pleasant stay:
- While checking in or out, leave your bags with a hotel employee or keep them in front of you, preferably between your body and the reception counter.
- During meals, leave your belongings inside the room, or ask an employee to keep them for you while you dine.
- Never leave your wallet, purse, cell phone or handheld computer on the table if you need to get up momentarily.
- Always keep your belongings in sight while in hotel common areas. Never put them next to you or behind your seat and always keep them close by.
- Don’t bring people you don’t know to the hotel.
- If you do receive visitors in the room where you are staying, it is mandatory that they fill out the visitor registration form.
- When you want to go out, ask the hotel employees for information. They can help you with good suggestions for activities and restaurants that are safe and conveniently located.
- If you are organizing an event at the hotel, all participants should be properly identified with badges. When leaving meeting rooms, make sure the doors are closed. Keep hotel security well informed before and during the event.
- Use the safe in your hotel room.
- Try not to discuss important matters, especially those involving money, near people you don’t know.
- Never accept help from strangers. All hotel employees in the city wear uniforms with proper identification during work hours, and are trained to help visitors.
During meals your attention is focused on the table, which could compromise your safety. Follow this advice to avoid problems:
- Choose places recommended by friends or the staff at your hotel. Find out the best way to get there, the best time to go and what type of service the restaurant offers, etc.
- When you get to the restaurant, ask that your bag or baggage be checked. Use baggage locks if you are carrying valuable objects or money. When your objects are returned to you, make sure everything is in order.
- If the restaurant does not have suitable place to safeguard your belongings, keep a close eye on them.
- Never leave valuable objects on the table such as wallets or mobile phones, especially if you have to get up from the table, even momentarily.
In public areas or parks Exposure
Events and public places of great movement require greater attention of the visitor. Many people moving with bags is a decoy for thefts. Taking the following steps will avoid the most unpleasant occurrence:
- Avoid talking to strangers.
- Do not leave your belongings unattended.
- Do not provide personal information to anyone.
- Do not handle large amounts of money.
- Upload camcorders or cameras discreetly.
- Use only registered transportation.
- In case of any problem, look for a properly identified officer.
- In the Anhembi Park Exhibition there an Operational Base Precinct Tourist Service, specializing in helping visitors.
Link: www.spturis.com - www.visitesaopaulo.com
Useful telephones in Sao Paulo (11 DDD)
Ambulance - 192
Directory assistance - 102
Firefighters - 193
International calls via telephone - 0800 703 2111
Command of the Metropolitan Civil Guard - 3191-3300
Correios - 0800 570 01 00
Civil Defense - 199
Women's Police Stations - 3976-2908
Regional Labor - 3044-4075
Hotline - 0800 156 315
Health Dial - 150
Right Time - 130
Traffic Information - 156
Pro-Burn Institute - 0800 707 7575
Long distance via telephone - 0800 703 2110
Ombudsman of the council - 0800 175 717
Police Department - 197
Military Police - 190
State Traffic Police - 3327-2727
Federal Highway Police - 6954-2049
City Hall - 156
Weather - 132
Procon - 151
Revenue - 3315-2211
Automatic wake-up call - 134
Service brokering deaf / listener - 1402
Telegram fonado - 0800 570 0100
Surveillance - 3065-4600
Barra Funda - 3235-0322
Rua Mario de Andrade, 664 - Santa Cecília
Jabaquara - 3235-0322
Jequitibás Street, s / n º - Jabaquara
Tietê - 3235-0322
Avenida Cruzeiro do Sul, 1800 - Santana
In Terminal Tietê, is located one of the Tourist Information Centers (TIC) in the arrivals area, daily from 7am to 10pm.
Bus lines - 156
Subway - 3286-0111
Guarulhos International Airport (Guarulhos International) - 6445-2945
Rodovia Helio Schmidt s / n º
Functioning of the administration: from 8h to 17h
Takeoffs and landings: 24 hours
A stand of Tourist Information Center (CIT) works in Terminals 1 and 2, in the landing area, daily from 6am to 22h.
Infraero - 6445-2945
Ministry of Agriculture - 6445-2800
Police Department - 6445-2221
Federal Police - 6445-2212 or 6445-2199
Military Police - 6445-3750
Revenue - 6445-5547
Section of Civil Aviation (SAC) - 6445-2421
Ports of Health (vaccination) - 6445-3557
Terminal 1 - A Wing
Aerolíneas Argentinas - 6445-2414
Aeromexico - 6445-2928
Air France - 6445-2314
Alitalia - 6445-2005
Avianca - 6445-3576
British Airways - 6445-2021
Cubana de Aviación - 6445-2698 and 3214-4571
Delta Airlines - 6445-3282
Iberia - 6445-2726
Japan Airlines (JAL) - 6445-2040
KLM - 6445-2887
Air Lloyd Boliviano - 6445-2837
United Airlines - 6445-3141 and 0800 16 2323
Terminal 1 - B Wing
TAM - 6445-3776
Terminal 2 - C Wing
SATA - 6445-4039
Varig - 6445-3024 and 6445-3117
Terminal 2 - D Wing
American Airlines - 6445-3808 and 4502-4000
BRA - 6445-4372
Canadian Airlines - 6445-2462
Continental Airlines - 6445-4208
Copa Airlines - 6445-2431
Lan Chile - 6445-2864
Lufthansa - 6445-2499
South African Airways (SAA) - 6445-4150
Swissair - 6445-2535
TAP - Air Portugal - 6445-2400
Congonhas International Airport - 5090-9000
Avenida Washington Luís, s / n.
Functioning of the administration: 8am to 12pm and from 13h to 17h
Takeoffs and landings: from 6am to 22.30
Infraero - 5090-9000
Media - 5090-9030
Police Department - 5090-9032
24 hour parking - 5090-9037
Locker - 5543-0488
Federal Police - 5090-9046
Section of Civil Aviation (SAC) - 5090-9035
Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) - 5093-6308
Regional Service Flight Protection (SRPV) - MAER - 5033-7502
Gol - 0300 789 2121 (information) and 5090-9350 (counter)
Pantanal - 5044-9070
Varig - 5091-7000
TAM - 3123-1000
Ocean Air - 5090-9027
Destinations airlift (average interval of 1 hour)
Belo Horizonte - TAM
Brasília - TAM
Curitiba - TAM
Rio de Janeiro - Varig and TAM
Gabriel Aero Taxi - 5090-9292
Global - 5049-0010 and 0800 555 684
IGA - 5585-3174
Leader - 5090-4000
TAM - 5041-7051
Campo de Marte Airport - 6221-2699
Avenida Olavo Fontoura, 650 - Tucuruvi