Business Class Flight to Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo is the largest city in Brazil and the capital of the state Sao Paulo. This amazing city is a melting pot of culture and full of diversity. The people in Sao Paulo are known to be extremely friendly, warm and talkative. It’s an easy place to strike up a conversation, and you’ll find Brazilians to be very passionate and emotive people.
You will likely land at Sao Paulo International Airport in Guarulhos and will need transportation to the city. There are a few options for transportation; you can take a bus or a helicopter to Sao Paulo.The helicopter may be a concern if there’s bad weather and obviously it’s not the most practical option. A more practical solution (especially with luggage) is to take a taxi. The taxis are not your standard yellow cars, they typically are white cars with signs on the top of them. The taxi trip to Sao Paulo can take anywhere from 50 minutes to 2 hours due to traffic in the city.
Make Sure You Have Proper Documentation
Brazil will require a valid passport and visa (if necessary) when entering and traveling to Brazil. It’s important you have all proper documentation before arriving in Brazil as there are no “airport visas” and immigration will refuse entry if you do not have the appropriate paperwork. If you are going to be inBrazil for a short stay as you just have a few meetings, or you’re speaking at a conference, you’ll need a short-stay business visa. This will give you up to 90 days to conduct your business.
Learn more about the entry requirements and required documentation to enter Brazil.
Money In Brazil
The currency is Brazil is called the real which uses both banknotes and coins. The ATMs are probably the easiest way to get cash, but use common sense when using an ATMand try to avoidlate night withdrawals. Credit cards are accepted at most locations, but traveler’s checks are not. Most banks will not cash traveler’s checks, so save those for your next business trip.
Before your trip, make sure you have a handle on the exchange rate. You can use popular websites like Yahoo’s Currencies Center to get the most currentexchange rates.
Doing Business In Brazil
In Brazil, the native language is Portuguese and most people do not speak English. However, in a business context you’ll find more English-speaking. The Brazilian business people will respect any attempt by you to speak Portuguese and will appreciate the effort. Brazilian businessmentend to be a little less formal with dress after the first meeting, and they usually will skip the tie and blazer.
Being on time is important, but it’s fairly common for business people to arrive late to meetings due to the bad traffic and small talk. In that regard, be careful of how many meetings you plan in a day if they are not all within walking distance.
The Brazilians are very in tune with foreign business cultures and will be accommodating. For example, Brazillians typically eat dinner very late, like 10p.m. or 11p.m. at night, but will likely schedule a dinner meeting with you at 7p.m. or 8p.m., as that timeframe is more common in other countries.
Sao Paulo and Brazil have a bad reputation for crime and violence, and there was a time 10 or 15 years ago when crime was more common in the city.There are bad areas and neighborhoods as there are in every country, but Sao Paul is fairly safe. There are bad areas of the city, and if you’re a first time traveler, you’ll want to make sure you’re in a nicer part of Sao Paulo. In general, Sao Paulo is like any other city, you’ll want to use common sense and be as careful as possible, but there’s no reason to fear doing business in Sao Paulo.
Things To See And Do In Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo is full of museums, historical site and beautiful parks. There’s so much to see and do:
Sala Sao Paulois one of the top attractions in Sao Paulo. It’s a concert hall that houses 1498 seats and is home to the São Paulo State Symphonic Orchestra. Visitors rave about the beauty and acoustics of the concert hall, and claim it’s one of the best places in the world for classical music lovers to visit.
Parque do Ibirapuera is a gorgeous park that’s great for any type of outdoor activity like biking, jogging or just strolling around and taking it all in. The park is often compared to Central Park in New York because it’s in the middle of the city.
Museum of Football is also a very popular attraction in Sao Paulo. Located in the Pacaembu Soccer Stadium, the museum is full of the history of the sport the Brazilians love so much. The staff is friendly and very helpful, and if you do not speak Portugese, they will happily translate (in English).
Have Fun In Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo is a beautiful, huge city full of friendly and diverse people. The city has a bit of a bad rap for crime, but is not as bad as it’s made out to be. Sao Paulo is safe place, and as long as you use common sense and the same general safety that you would use in any other city in the world, there is nothing to fear.The business environment is a little less formal, but respectful and accommodating. Enjoy your time in Sao Paulo and make sure you get out to see the city after you’ve conducted your business.
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