Vast, daunting and rugged Sao Paulo may not be the first city that springs to mind when you consider a fun summer vacation. There’s no doubt that the city has its problems, with run-down sidewalks filled with gaps larger than those between the classes of the city, but with a little time, Sao Paulo can swiftly become a paradise of pleasures. From festivals to tranquillity to culture: Sao Paulo has it all, you just need to know where to look.
Parque do Ibirapuera
From 5am until midnight every day, visitors to Sao Paulo can visit the two square kilometres of tranquillity and culture known as Parque do Ibirapuera. While the rest of the city is busy, noisy and restless, this park is often viewed as an oasis of peace where you can relax and gather your thoughts. Sure, there might not be anything specifically scheduled to occur during the time you visit Parque do Ibirapuera, but we can almost guarantee something will be going on.
If you’re not listening to the sounds of the 120 different bird species in the area, you may get the chance to listen to a local strumming his guitar in the sunshine. Alternatively, you’ll hear children playing, couples chatting and see people cycling to and from their busy work days. If you’re lucky you may even be able to get involved in a free capoeira or yoga session, before drinking a coconut water and continuing to enjoy the views.
Online casino operators 888poker are always striving to provide fans with massive, entertaining poker-centric events, which is why the brand and its ambassadors are often traveling the world. This August Sao Paolo tourists and residents will have a chance to get involved in the brand’s iconic 888Live Festival Series before the circuit continues.
What makes this event truly special is that all buy-ins are affordable even if you’re only used to playing online poker, at just $12 for the Opening Event Qualifier and $30 for the Main Event Qualifier. Plus, since 888Live have partnered with MainEventTravel (MET), even individuals outside of Sao Paulo who have managed to qualify can choose and customize their travel arrangements. Although the schedule for Sao Paulo has not yet been revealed, after the success of the 888Live Barcelona Festival we’re sure this event will be one any poker fan would be lucky to attend.
Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo
Situated on Avenida Paulista, you’ll find the city’s flagship museum, the Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo (MASP). At first the building may surprise you with its red concrete and looming appearance, as it sits on four large columns encompassing a large area of the humble Avenida Paulista sidewalk. However, once you are inside you’ll see the method to the madness as the building’s design only adds to the incredible collections within its walls.
You’ll find works by Picasso, Gainsborough, Hieronymus Bosh and Goya in addition to Brazilian artistry from Candido, Portinari and Anita Malfatti. In total, there are over 7,000 works to peruse, with a particular 500 being showcased at any given time. Currently, you’ll find a number of exhibitions including Tolouse-Lautrec’s In Red, Miguel Rio Branco’s When I Die I Will Take Nothing and Tracey Moffatt’s Montages. These will all run until October 1, so you have plenty of time to catch them this summer.
So, whether you’re looking for a thrill at the 888Live Festival or peace and culture at the park or museum, know that there are a number of hidden secrets in Brazil’s Sao Paulo – and now you know how to find them.