São Paulo State (Estado de São Paulo) is in the southeast Region of Brazil, bathed by the Atlantic Ocean (southeast) and bordered by the Brazilian states of Minas Gerais (north and northeast), Rio de Janeiro (east), Mato Grosso do Sul  (west) and Paraná (south). This state is the most populated and the richest in Brazil thanks to state capital and metropolis of São Paulo. This city offers excellent cultural experiences, fine modern and historical architecture and great gastronomy. In São Paulo state you will find distinctive small towns such as São Luiz do Paraitinga and Iguape whose historic centres are national heritage sites. This state has outstanding nature including the “Alto Ribeira Tourist State Park”, with hundreds of caves, and outstanding landscapes of waterfalls, trails and archeological sites. As this state has attractive natural features, the eco-tourism and outdoor activities are great options to tourists.  Along the state’s coast there are 622km of beaches including in the towns of Santos, Praia Grande and São Sebastião. In the city of Aparecida, the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady Aparecida receives millions of pilgrims each year. 

Population: over 45 million inhabitants

Capital: São Paulo

Other major cities: Guarulhos, Campinas, São Bernardo do Campo, Santo André, Osasco, São José dos Campos, Sorocaba, Santos

Main attractions: Municipal Market of São Paulo, Municipal Theater of São Paulo, São Paulo Museum of Art, Latin America Memorial, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (important art museum), Altino Arantes Building, Pátio do Colégio Museum (site where the city of São Paulo was founded), Benedictine monastery, Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, Football Museum, Beco do Batman (alley with outstanding graffiti), Galeria do Rock (rock n roll themed shopping centre), Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (1901 building housing a theatre and exhibitions), Copan building, Ilhabela State Park, Villa-Lobos State Park,  Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves, Alto Ribeira Tourist State Park

Major airports: São Paulo/Guarulhos – Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport (GRU), São Paulo/ Congonhas Airport (CGH), Viracopos/ Campinas International Airport (VCP)

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