a day in nature
Photo credits: 1© Carmen Fukunari, 2© Renato Nascimento
Morning Wear light clothes for your ride outdoors. Then, it is worth sampling a hearty and healthy breakfast. A large variety of fruit juices and other natural suggestions, such as mashed açaí, compose the menu of Bolados Sucos (R. Joaquim Floriano, 373, Itaim Bibi; 3168-5723). On weekends, head to the nearby Pé no Parque (R. Inhambu, 240, Moema; 5051-3376). Thus you have started your day near the green area which is at the heart of São Paulo and its inhabitants, Ibirapuera Park (Av. Pedro Alvares Cabral, s/n; parqueibirapuera.org). Open for almost six decades, it is one of the most comprehensive leisure facilities in the city. The park stretches well over 1600 sq km, with hiking trails, jogging tracks, a bike lane, sports courts, playground and areas and equipment for gymnastics and fitness activities. Encompassing four lakes, a forest of eucalyptus trees, lawns and native and exotic specimens of trees such as ironwood and Brazil wood, the park also shelters a plant nursery, the Viveiro Manequinho Lopes (Av. IV Centenário, Gate 7A; 3887-6761), the origin of many seedlings that are planted along city streets. Still inside the Ibirapuera, you can see another side of nature at the Planetário (temporarily closed. 55755206; prefeitura.sp.gov.br/astronomia). Thanks to a modern projector, visitors may observe the skies of different parts of the universe. It is worth mentioning that there are more reasons to deem the Ibirapuera, designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer, a multifaceted portrait of the metropolis: it also hosts the buildings of Bienal, Oca, Auditório Ibirapuera, the headquarters of the museums of Modern Art (MAM) and AfroBrasil, as well as monuments and works of art installed on the lawns. cityofsaopaulo.com
Cantareira Park: a native forest in the city
AFTERNOON For a more intense contact with nature, head to Serra da Cantareira and spend the afternoon there. If you want to quench your hunger before beginning the adventure, visit the restaurant O Velhão/As Véia (Estr. Santa Inês, 3000, Mairiporã; 11 4485-4195). Ask for a table on the terrace facing the woods, help yourself at the buffet with regional food and take your time savoring the dishes and enjoying the scenery. Next, visit the Cantareira Park (R. do Horto, 1799, Horto Florestal; 2203-0115) and see one of the largest urban native forests in the world. Among the tracks, take the one leading to the Mirante da Pedra Grande (Belvedere), which offers a beautiful panorama of the city from the top of a rock, at 1010 m height. An-
One of the most pulsating metropolis in the world, São Paulo is much more than a great place for doing business. Taking a day off is the fir...