The best way to discover a new city is to walk around it. Seeing the architecture, drinking coffee at a local bakery, visiting a traditional grocery store is the best way to experience that place. This type of tourism is very common in large European cities, where quality public transport makes it easy to get around without the need for a car.
Inspired by this experience, Brazilian capitals are investing and encouraging this type of tourism, diversifying routes to attract the most diverse audiences, and it may even be an option for local residents to have a different perspective on where they live.
In the city of São Paulo, it is possible to choose different types of routes such as the “Centro Antigo”, “Avenida Paulista”, “Vila Madalena” or “Parque do Ibirapuera” route. With departures on Saturdays and Sundays, the tours last around 2:30 to 3 hours and have guides presenting the city in English and Portuguese. Learn more through site.
The country’s capital created itineraries to attract tourists staying in the city or just connecting. Passengers who have 4 hours available can choose between two routes: Cidade Criativa do Design or Circuito Memorial do Brasil.
The first option lasts approximately 3 hours and passes through Praça dos Três Poderes, Brasília Historical Museum, Planalto Palace, Supreme Court Palace, Itamaraty Palace, National Congress, Ministry Esplanade, among others. The other circuit takes around 2 hours to 2:30 am, starting at the JK Memorial, passing by the Indigenous Peoples Memorial, Queen of Peace Military Cathedral and Architectural Complex. Maps are available on the website of the Tourism secretary.
Tourists visiting the capital of Minas Gerais have at their disposal an interesting experience of 4 hours to get to know the details of each street, each building in the center of Belo Horizonte. The itinerary includes historical sites such as the Palácio das Artes, the Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem Parish, the São José Church, the Acaiaca Building and the UFMG Conservatory. More information through the site.
The former industrial district 4º Distrito was abandoned after the stampede of factories and residents in the second half of the last century and is gradually being transformed with the arrival of famous bars, breweries and innovation companies. To tell the story of the 150-year-old site, walks have been held on Saturday afternoons since early September. The itinerary starts in a ruined building that was a fabric factory in the 1910s and after passing through old industries it ends in style at Cubo’s factory-bar, with beer tasting. Registration for the walking tour is made over the internet, and the price is R$85 per person (including beer tasting).
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