Sao Paulo

São Paulo

 

After our adventurous stay in Paraty we set out on our remaining 4 hour bus ride down the coast to São Paulo.  Our bus driver was on a mission, he hauled towards São Paulo racing up, down, and around winding roads along the mountains edge (and making us both nauseous!).  We climbed to the highest point of the mountain and the view from the top was breathtaking - rolling mountains with the ocean below, pops of purple, pink and white flowers bursting from the trees. 

 

After an eventful ride down the coast we were relived to arrive in São Paulo.  The neighborhood of Vila Madalena would be our home for the next two nights and we thoroughly enjoyed our comfiest bed on the trip to date...

 

Vila Madalena

Vila Madalena is a bustling bohemian neighborhood where graffiti covers the streets and the nightlife is rowdy.  Our first night we dined at Chou - a nice recommendation by our AirBnB host Karina, whose sister happens to be the Chef 🙂  The meal was undeniably the best we've had while traveling thus far!  

 

fresh baby squid a la plancha with aioli & a caipirinha
fresh baby squid a la plancha with aioli & a caipirinha
good food = pure happiness
good food = pure happiness
Simply the best thing since our travels ... the grilled blue runner!
Simply the best thing since our travels ... the grilled blue runner!

After dinner we strolled the streets, packed on a Friday evening, and naturally ended up at a bar celebrating none other than "The King" himself!  A few beers with an Elvis impersonator (who was LOVED by the local ladies) made for a very fun night... 

The next morning we indulged in 'rituals' at the award winning coffee house Coffee Lab and devoured a mouth watering grilled cheese and coffee-stewed beef served over a slice of toasted cheese-covered organic bread, HEAVEN!

Coffee Lab, Sao Paulo
Coffee Lab, Sao Paulo
Coffee Lab, Sao Paulo
Coffee Lab, Sao Paulo

After amazing coffee we were re-energized and went off to explore the famous Baco de Batman (batman alley) - an open air graffiti gallery where the murals are constantly changing.  São Paulo is famous for its graffiti and its true, it is insane how much there is - the art is on every door, wall, sign, pole, and fixture within the city... it's rather hard to find any building or structure without it!  It's amazing, amazing, amazing!  Baco de Batman is a maze of art within the city. Standing in the middle of the alley we turn 360, the colors in every direction burst off the walls, it's jaw dropping.  Endless forms of emotional creative expression are imprinted along the walls that hold up the city.  

baco de batman, batman alley, sao paulo
baco de batman, batman alley, sao paulo
baco de batman, batman alley, sao paulo
baco de batman, batman alley, sao paulo
baco de batman, batman alley, sao paulo
baco de batman, batman alley, sao paulo
baco de batman, batman alley, sao paulo

On our last day, we shopped at the local fresh street market directly outside our door, a home cooked meal prior to tomorrows departure for Lima, Peru... more on that adventure to come!

Sao Paulo fresh street market
Sao Paulo fresh street market

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