It is difficult to speak of the state of São Paulo without using superlatives: largest industrial producer in Brazil, the largest and ethinically most diverse population, the largest fortunes, the biggest stock exchange, the busiest port, the finest museums but also the worst traffic congestion and significant poverty.
While Rio has seen its economic weight decrease over the past decade – the 2016 Olympics and the discovery of oil should change that – and Brasília is simply a bureaucratic hub, the megapolis of São Paulo – the sixth most populated city in the world – seems to play the role of national capital in many sectors – trade, finance, industry and culture. But in the state of São Paulo, the interest lies not only in its largest city, there is quite a lot for the visitors.
Towards the coast, the jungle covers the mountains before giving way to the most beautiful beaches in southern Brazil and the mountainous coast of Ubatuba is particularly beautiful. Towards the interior, the region of Campos do Jordao has breathtaking views of the Serra da Mantiqueira, whose green peaks stand over 2500 m. Further, Iporanga is surrounded by one of the best preserved Atlantic rainforests of the country, while a nearby national park contains hundreds of caves, hence its nickname Capital das Grutas (capital of the caves).
Easily rivaling the frenzy of New York, modernism of Tokyo and the fares of Moscow, São Paulo beats its rivals soundly in choice for its nightlife. It can indeed count on almost 30,000 restaurants, bars and clubs to delight its approximately 20 million foodies, clubbers and cocktail fans. From large restaurants in the exclusive districts of Itaim Bibi and Jardins to avant-garde establishments in Baixo Augusta through the bohemian bars of Vila Madalena, almost every night in São Paulo is a night of debauchery of bolinhos, drinks and rhythms upto the dawn.