SP Free Walking Tour
Walking tour, Praça da República or Avenida Paulista/Rua Augusta (spfreewalkingtour.com). Wed, Sat 11.30am (Paulista/Augusta). Thu, Sun 3:30pm (Centro). Prices Free.
Join one of the free guided walking tours in English at the location of your choice – Avenida Paulista, or the historic city centre. The extensive tours last about four hours, so bring your walking shoes.
Walking tour, Theatro Municipal, Praça Ramos de Azevedo (no number), República (3256 7909/caminhadanoturna.com.br). Thu 8pm. Prices Free.
Walking tall since 2005, this tour by Carlos Beutel, owner of Apfel restaurant, starts opposite the Theatro Municipal, but the rest of the itinerary varies depending on what participants are most interested in. Tours frequently feature local experts as guest tour guides, which helps reinforce the tour's aim of promoting the revitalisation of the city centre.
Personal guide (9867 4409/3088 0269/facebook.com/CaronaCultural). Prices vary but include entry to the event, plus door to door transport.
Andrea Bauab takes small groups to visit exhibitions and cultural hotspots, as well as trips outside the city. For those travelling alone, Carona Cultural is a great way to experience the city's cultural life by night too, with trips to the theatre and concerts. Andrea varies the schedule each month, but you can also suggest itineraries, provided there are enough people interested.
Personal guide (98119 3903/flavializ.com). Prices from R$150 per hour.
Unlike conventional guides, Flavia Liz Di Paolo – a specialist in São Paulo’s history – presents the city à la carte, tailoring tours to the customer’s taste. Relaxed and hospitable, she’s been known to prepare surprises for visitors. Tours last for at least four hours.
Personal guide (98020 3344/rentalocalfriend.com). Prices R$180 (4 hours)-$280 (8 hours).
A mixture of a tourist guide and an informed buddy, the Local Friend service is a great option if you don’t know anybody in town. They pride themselves on selecting the very best of the city. Tours can be scheduled for any time of day.
Bike tour, Hotel Unique, Avenida Brigadeiro Luis Antonio 4700, Jardim Paulista (3317 4427/ u-bike.com.br). Prices R$50-$100.
Combining sustainable transport with tourism, the U(rban)-Bike Project offers four cycling tour options: Vila Madalena, Pacaembú, Parks and Museums, and Historical Downtown. Available in English, Portuguese or Spanish, the price of the tour includes the loan of a bicycle, helmet, and a coffee break. Groups meet at the Hotel Unique.