History and legends of São Paulo in the city center

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English
Guru: Rafaela
Quality Verified Registered on June 25, 2022

I was born and raised in São Paulo, lived and experienced it in diverse ways. Love to show people around, have done it many times with traveling friends so I know the most interesting spots to see. Am a volunteer in different organisations and love history, so will try to show you the history of this city and how it lead to the different social problems we have today, but in a fun and light way :)

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
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Tour description

We will learn about the history of São Paulo while walking through the historic streets of the city center.

 Find out how São Paulo grew from a small religious village to the largest city in South America .

 We will see

  • the Municipal theatre,
  • the Anhagabau "valley" which was once a river
  • City Hall with it's unexpected architecture 
  • Pateo do Colégio where the city was founded
  • The statue of Zumbi dos Palmares, the main leader who fought against slavery
  • Banespão , where you have the best point of view of the city
  • Sé Cathedral, our beautiful gothic central church 

 and many other buildings that are part of the city's identity. From classical European architecture to famous Brazilian architecture

 You will discover how daily life here with me, a local, and the best secret corners to visit that only locals know.

 The tour ends in Piazza della Repubblica, from where you can take the metro or enjoy other nearby attractions.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Praça da República, 61 - República, S...
    Praça da República, 61 - República, São Paulo - SP, 12020-363, Brazil
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    I'll be standing behind the tourism information tent next to the Republica subway station in the yellow line. I will be wearing a bright orange hat

  • 1
    Outside visit
    República - Praça da República - República

    Learn about the history of the square and the Main building in it

  • 2
    Outside visit
    Vale do Anhangabaú - Rua Vitória - Centro Histórico de São Paulo
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Edifício Altino Arantes - Centro Histórico de São Paulo
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Estátua Zumbi dos Palmares - Avenida São João - Centro Histórico de São Paulo
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Pateo do Collegio - Centro Histórico de São Paulo
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Solar da Marquesa de Santos - Rua Roberto Simonsen - Centro Histórico de São Paulo
  • 7
    Free admission
    Catedral da Sé de São Paulo - Praça da Sé - Sé

    Enter and walk around freely

  • 8
    Outside visit
    Edifício Matarazzo - Viaduto do Chá - Centro Histórico de São Paulo
  • 9
    Outside visit
    Teatro Municipal de São Paulo - Plaza Ramos de Azevedo - República

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Mo 01 Dec 2023

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Travelled in couple - Dec 2023
Rafaela was a great tour guide who made the tour fun and interesting at the same time. A lovely route at a steady pace which gave us a good understanding of Sao Paulo's origins and it's modern day aspirations.
Hoon 30 Nov 2023

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Travelled alone - Nov 2023
She was great! She explain not only the places but also the social and historicl backgrounds in details. She help me understand how things work in here Sao Paulo and widen my perspectives. I highly recommend her
Jeroen 24 Nov 2023

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Travelled in couple - Nov 2023
Great tour of Sao Paulo that really shows the local side of the city. Rafaela told the stories with a lot of passion and made us feel welcome. Best way to explore this city!
Isabella 22 Nov 2023

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Travelled in group - Nov 2023
Súper buena experiencia sabía mucho de todo!
Cathelijne 17 Nov 2023

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Travelled alone - Nov 2023
A nice tour around the city's highlights. Interesting information about the past and present of São Paulo, with enough space to ask questions and time to explore some places on your own.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 12 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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