Horto Florestal: in addition to leisure facilities, some areas promote the contemplation of nature
other major green area in the region is Horto Florestal (R. do Horto, 931, Horto Florestal; 2232-3117; iflorestal.sp.gov.br/hortoflorestal), inaugurated over a century ago. With sports courts, playground and good facilities, it is a nice setting for picnics. Still today it is home to capuchin monkeys, capybaras, toucans and other animals. Another pleasant site is the Pico do Jaraguá (access by Rod. Anhanguera, km 18, Jaraguá), the highest peak in the capital, with a height of 1135 m. You can go by car or hike along one of the trails leading to the top, from where you see the vastness of São Paulo. A suggestion for your lunch is Capim Santo (Al. Min Rocha Azevedo, 471, Jardins; 30899500), which serves traditional Brazilian
dishes on a patio surrounded by greenery. To contemplate the exuberant flora right inside the metropolis, take a stroll along the tree-lined alleys of Burle Marx Park (Av. Dona Helena Pereira de Morais, 200, Vila Andrade; 3746-7631; parqueburlemarx.com.br). What fascinates visitors here is the garden designed by landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, with imperial palms around a water mirror and a set of sculptures on the lawn, resembling a checkerboard. Not far away is another lovely garden, at the Fundação Maria Luisa and Oscar Americano (Av. Morumbi, 4077, Morumbi, 3742-0077; fundacaooscaramericano.org.br). You can see the sunset from the museum tea room, which is in a house designed by Oswaldo Arthur Bratke. cityofsaopaulo.com
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...