Things to do in Sao Paulo
Hike through the city's rainforest
Wild toucans and howler monkeys within metropolitan São Paulo may sound like a fantasy, but just 10km (6 miles) north is one of world's largest urban rainforests: Serra Cantareira State Park. These 7,916 hectares (19,560 acres) of tropical reserve have well-marked hiking trails plus stunning views back toward São Paulo's concrete jungle.
Put some wind in your sails
Put some wind in your sails at the refreshingly pure Guarapiranga Reservoir - it's easy to see why this is a popular weekend destination for Paulistanos. Watersport schools, such as Pera Náutica (+55 11 5524 3553; www.peranautica.com.br), rent equipment and run classes in sailing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing.
Put your foot down at Autódromo José Carlos Pace
Satisfy a craving for speed and follow in the hallowed tyre treads of Brazilian legend Ayrton Senna. Autodromo Jose Carols Pace (+55 11 5666 8822; www.autodromointerlagos.com), almost commonly referred to as Interlagos, is one of the world's most famous motor sport circuit tracks. 1 circuit At a cost, lessons and drives with professional tuition can be arranged in sports cars, power bikes, and karts at the refurbished track.
Saddle up and see São Paulo
If cycling in São Paulo sounds like an accident waiting to happen, never fear. The city is making positive strides to open cycle routes. Two-wheel adventurers should get onboard with Sampa Bikers cycling association (+55 11 5517 7733; www.sampabikers.com.br). Besides renting bicycles, it also organises city and park tour rides plus excursions outside São Paulo.
Test your swing on São Paulo's fairways
São Paulo has several top-draw golf courses just a little ways outside the city. Golfers don't have to travel too far to find well-manicured greens and fairways; tee off at at São Paulo Golf Club (+55 11 5525 9255; www.spgc.com.br) just south of the city centre.