Besides the characteristics
evident in a megalopolis,
full of shopping malls, restaurants and buildings, São Paulo has ore
than 100 city and state parks, whose styles are quite different,
ranging among conservance unities, environments planned according to different
tendencies of landscaping, antique farmhouses and historical monuments.
Here are some examples:
among the Jardins, Moema, Paraíso and Vila Mariana neighborhoods, the
park covers an area of over a million and a half square meters. It has
its architecture and landscaping designed by renowned architects -
including Oscar Niemeyer. The infrastructure for the public has walking
and cycling trails, skating and skateboarding tracks, sports courts,
bike rentals, huge lawns for recreation, museums and a lake with a
fountain designed for light shows.
The reference address is (no number) Pedro Álvares Cabral Avenue - Gate
Vila Mariana, but the park has 10 gates spread all over its perimeter,
facilitating access by different streets. In all cases, you can access
the park by bus.
from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., or up
to midnight on Saturdays.
Alfredo Volpi Park
is a park that seeks to give people a sense of immersion in the
Atlantic Forest: with exception to its entrance area and a few other
areas with tables and wooden benches, the park is basically composed of
a dense vegetation and trails, which allows visitors a closer contact
with nature. In this park, you can easily spot many marmoset monkeys,
but those who have sharper eyes and patience can have fun looking for
approximately 70 species of birds that inhabit the park, including the
green-billed toucan and the gray-headed-hawk.
480 Engenheiro Oscar Americano Street, Morumbi.
Working hours: daily from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Villa Lobos Park
of the highlights of this park is its suitability for wheelchair users
or people with walking difficulties: the paths in the park were
practically leveled and some wooden toys were built in order to
accomodate wheelchairs. Inside the park, there is a nursery, a library,
and a walkway that reaches 3.5 m in height and allows the visitor to
stay close to the treetops.
park is located near the campus of the University of São Paulo, but on
the other side of Pinheiros River. Access must be made by taxi.
Address: 2001 Professor Fonseca
Rodrigues Avenue, Alto de Pinheiros
daily from 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
São Paulo Zoological Garden
Paulo Zoological Garden is the largest zoo in Brazil and features more
than 3,200 animals. In addition to the zoological exhibition, the whole
place is located in a rainforest reserve, where Rio Ipiranga starts.
The natural landscape, to which is incorporated an infrastructure with 3 snack
bars, souvenir shop, baby-changing room and public toilets, makes the place suitable for
a very pleasant walk.
Miguel Estéfano Avenue, Água Funda
a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Paulo Botanical Garden
next to Zoological Graden, the Botanical Garden is also characterized
as an Atlantic Forest reserve. The Garden holds two greenhouses: one
with plants typical of the local biome and another with temporary
exhibitions; There is also a library with about 6,400 books, including
many volumes of the last century; and there is the Botanical Museum,
with displays of elements extracted from plants.
feature of the Garden that turns into one of its prominent exhibitions
is the Linnaeus Garden, created with inspiration from the Botanical
Garden of Uppsala, Sweden, where the naturalist worked.
Address: 3031 Miguel Estéfano Avenue,
Tuesdays to Sundays and Holidays, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
that the parks are environments where there is a higher humidity
concentraton, and the Atlantic Forest is the natural biome of many
insects and arachnids. People who have allergic predisposition should
look forward using repellent products and long-sleeved clothing, and
seek to have at hand some antiallergic ointment in case of bites.
case of accidents, you can call for the safety and administration staff
working in the parks and who are often circulating the area;
team will be ready to serve you. If a removal to a hospital is
required, dial 192, to call for the Mobile Emergency Service (SAMU).
Parks are also areas
that concentrate many people and therefore it is recommended to pay
extra attention to personal belongings. Being discreet and not
displaying phones and wallets is a good practice. Remember the safety hints
that should be followed in any big city.
you are transporting
photographic equipment or computers, keep it inside discreet bags or
backpacks. At the times when transportation is fuller of people, bags
and bacpacks should be kept in fronto of the body. At all the time,
stay alert to your belongings, specially wallets, purses and
cellphones, that must never be kept in a trousers' behind pocket.
HINTS of military police
for dealing with robbers:
In case of robbery, do not react. Always believe that the robber's gun
is real and is loaded. Avoid making sudden gestures that may be
confused with a reaction on your part.
Try to dialogue as cordially as possible with the robber, in order to
calm the situation. Generally, robbers are more nervous than the
3. If there is no reaction,
the chances of violence against the victim are small. Thus, do not
4. As soon as the robber leave
the place, warn the Military Police, dial 190 as soon as you can, reporting
the occurred and the robber's features.