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São Paulo: Best Kept Secrets Small Group Walking Tour

1. São Paulo: Best Kept Secrets Small Group Walking Tour

The tour starts inside São Bento Monastery, one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. Wander through alleys and narrow streets with a lot of different architecture styles. From classical to modernist, from colonial to art-deco. Dive into the countless gallerias full of old-fashioned shops and even thematic shops, such as the worldwide famous Rock N' Roll Galeria in the heart of São Paulo. The tour continues through the old historical part of São Paulo where you are going to understand how this city became one of the 5 largest in the World. We'll visit some cultural centers, the City Hall, the Opera House and then inside the famous Galerias ending at the iconic Copan Building, designed by Oscar Niemeyer.

São Paulo: Downtown Walking Tour with Farol Santander Entry

2. São Paulo: Downtown Walking Tour with Farol Santander Entry

Begin your tour at Pátio do Colégio, where your guide will provide you with some historical background about the area. Then, move on to visit the Manor of the Marchioness of Santos, Sé Cathedral, Sé Square, Largo São Francisco Law School, and the FECAP - Fundação Escola de Comércio Álvares Penteado. Continue to see Brazil Bank's Cultural Center. You will make a quick stop here to use the toilets or grab a drink, before walking to the Stock Exchange. Take in a great view of the city at the Altino Arantes building and Farol Santander. Other sites you will pass on the tour include: the Martinelli building, the Monastery of Saint Benedict, the Sampaio Moreira building, and City Hall. The tour will finish at the Municipal Theater and you can admire its beautiful architecture.

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What people are saying about Farol Santander

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 11 reviews

I love traveling and seeing what each city offers and this walking tour took me to a place that wasn't pretty, but was very real- the homeless population. This was my first stop and the rest of the tour doesn't provide such a shot to the gut, but I'm glad I saw this side of life just outside the Cathedral where two very different worlds are next to each other. My guide, Andre, was exceptional. He is extremely knowledgeable about Sao Paulo, its history and its newness, the architecture of the past and the modern. He was patient as I asked so many questions and his answers were thorough. Getting to know Old Sao Paulo was an amazing experience! I highly recommend this tour with Andre. It will be time well spent.

Andre is an excellent guide. He took us to parts of São Paulo we would never have seen on other tours. His English was superb and his knowledge of SP and Brazil was exceptional. Andre has a brilliant sense of humour and he made you feel so welcome. He made the whole tour very interesting and answered any question we threw at him.

I'm not going to be more original than all the other reviews because André is really an excellent guide, passionate about what he does. This small-group tour is ideal and also allows you to interact with the other participants. To recommend and to do !! Thank you André for the guided tour.

Andre was truly knowledgeable with the history and facts of the city. He took us to places which are not mentioned in travel articles. Ask him about free museums etc. i highly recommend you take this tour first and the venture on your own after. Thanks Andre!

Super nice and smart guide. We are verry happy with the experience