But it's actually a fantastic city. There are ways in which I actually like it better than Rio, at least as a place to live.
Because none of y'all had to fly LAN.
So, the hiking thing, well, due to a mid-vacation disaster with connections and whatnot, I got one day in Torres Del Paine. Had to horseback it up in the one day I had, at least I saw the Torres when the clouds parted for 5 mins. Pretty much the same as when I spent three nights in Kleine Scheidegg and saw the Eiger for 5 mins in total.
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12 hours in Sao Paolo is downright hilarious.
Figueroa Rubayat it's a nice steakhouse in a nice area to walk around. If you do not know where you are going or do not have a driver it's fairly dangerous. Never had issues at airport I have been there a few times in last six months.
I've been to Sao Paulo dozens of times. I have many friends who lived there, walked around freely, and drove their own cars. There is no need for a driver or a guard unless you're a well-known public figure or drug dealer. It's not Tokyo, but it's no more dangerous for a tourist than New York.
That said, the best neighborhoods are Moema and Jardins, though Itaim Bibi is up-and-coming and has a lot of the most exciting restaurants. Ibirapuera Park is lovely as well; if you have time, it's worth a walk around.
If at all possible - go their for their Feijoada. Feijoada is kind of a Brazilian brunch, but not a dainty little American brunch. It's a massive corncucopia of meat and awesome. Do that. Then sleep.
Sao Paulo has amazing food. But my recommendation would actually be to go to the municipal market downtown and have a mortadella sandwich. That's the most typical Sao Paulo lunch. Feijoada is typically served on Saturday, so it'll be hard to find any other day. Also, I find it completely disgusting, but that's a personal preference.
security after you leave. It took over four hours to get through customs and security on my last trip due to a power failure with the servers. The boarding passes ended up being written by hand.
I think the fact that it's Sunday helps.
The security line at international terminal in Sao Paolo was a trainwreck the last two times times through.