When spending time in the largest city in South America, it can be difficult, and downright intimidating trying to come up with an itinerary that includes everything you want to do.

Sao Paulo, Brazil remains true to its roots through winding roads and highways that follow the historic routes of its settlers, and the cultural abundance that makes up the city allows for a truly diverse experience no matter where you choose to go. With that said, the following are just a few of many fun things you can experience when visiting Sao Paulo.

Free Walking Tours

If you prefer to go the organic route in terms of tourist attractions, walking tours around the city provided by local information centers can give you a local’s perspective on what to do, and where to go. You have a number of options, with the Old Downtown walk being one of the most popular, and Paulista Avenue following closely behind. What’s great for American visitors, all tour guides speak both English and Portuguese to include every guest.

Parque Estadual da Cantareira

A truly breathtaking park located just north of Downtown Sao Paulo, The Cantareira State Park allows visitors to get up close and personal with local wildlife, in addition to providing one of the best views of the city. Though it requires a bit of climb, reaching the top of this park is an experience unlike most. Various species of birds, monkeys, and local plant life are abundant throughout, making the view that much more magical.

It is important to note however, that the park is only open on weekends and holidays, so plan your trip accordingly.

Mercado Municipal de Sao Paulo

The Municipal Market of Sao Paulo features meats, spices, fruits, and vegetables from all over Brazil to give you a taste of the country’s best foods. The building itself houses a number of restaurants as well, many of which serve traditional Brazilian recipes like Pastel de Queijo and Mortadella sandwiches. Be cautious when purchasing though, as prices tend to be on the heavier side. Buying a large basket of goods could rack up a hefty bill.

Sao Paulo Cathedral at Se

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Brazil’s largest city is located at Se, otherwise known as the spiritual centre of Sao Paulo. Aside from attending one of the daily services held here, visitors are welcome to explore the cathedral freely and take photos both inside and out. While the surrounding neighborhood may not be the most aesthetically pleasing, there are also a number of great cafes nearby.