The first city for me in my last few days in Brazil was the gigantic Sao Paulo. It is the second largest city in South America (Bigger than L.A. and equivalent to London) and the most populated in South America. With 11,896,000 people living within its borders it is always buzzing. I found it was less about history and more about experiences with 12,500 restaurants, more than 90 museums, and countless entertainment shows. I started with a traditional Churrascaria! This Brazilian bbq is not for vegetarians, being that the servers come to your table with all-you-can-eat meats. It does have a jackpot buffet of sides too including sushi, rice, pasta, fish, and A LOT more, but those deliciously flavoured cuts are what it’s all about!! Next day “touristing”. I walked down the uber-cool Batman street that is COVERED in bright works of street art from top to bottom and one end to the other. Not a single silly “tag”. Nothing but creativity and detail. Then, to the Terrace Italia for a jaw dropping view! Buildings farther than the eye could see. For R30 it comes with a sparkling wine to enjoy it with. It’s a win-win! Heading to the markets I was expecting cool cheap stuff, but alas it was EXPENSIVE. Mainly fresh produce there. As I walked down the aisles the sellers would be pushing me to try their fruits, and candy, etc. Couldn’t say no to taste testing...absolutely said “no” to the price. But I ate enough to not have to pay for lunch whilst still trying exotic fruits and the ever-loved Açai!
I headed to the city of Florianopolis for the pristine beaches, water sports, gorgeous lagoon, and a visit to the historic market built in the 17th century! Then I finished my Brazilian travels in Porto Alegre. Walking down a super busy shopping street, heading to botanical gardens, passing a group of oldies dancing to new music under a bridge. It was a good last day in the country of Brazil!
3 cities, 6 days, 65,000 steps combined, next stop Uruguay!