Getting from place to place in Brazil is best done in a helicopter. No kidding! The next best way to get from where you are to where you want to go is by taxi. If you want to experience the people of Brazil first hand, you will want to take the Metro. The Metro is the main rapid transportation system in Sao Paulo. It is the largest transit system in Brazil. There is such energy about Brazil, because there is so much going on. There are art museums, parks, Paulista Avenue, wonderful church architecture, building architecture, and the Sao Paulo Carnival. The ongoing growth potential is exciting to watch. When you are there, you will feel that electric energy in the air. The eighteen million people of Sao Paulo are working, playing, traveling, talking, eating, and making plans. Construction projects are evidenced wherever you happen to look. Apartment buildings are going up, businesses are being created, and profit is in the air. You will have the feeling that you want to see all of Sao Paulo, and all of Brazil.
The Metro network joins the city with five main subway routes, and approximately sixty-one stations. Hop on the Metro at one of these stations, and be prepared to observe the activity of Sao Paulo first hand. Sometimes the train/Metro will go underground. If you stop underground, you will have an opportunity to see large displays of Metro Station art. You may also see musicians sharing their musical talent, theater performances, or any number of other cultural activities. In Sao Paulo you don’t have to be above ground to experience the excitement of Brazilian culture. During the month of December, you may hear Christmas Carol Choirs singing your favorites. There are Metro maps on the walls, so you won’t miss your departure station. Make sure you know the time of the last Metro train, so that you can fit it to your schedule. The Metro maps are usually color coded for each line. Line one is blue, line two is green, line three is red, line four is yellow, and line five is lilac. Using the Metro will save you time, because you won’t have to deal with traffic jams. You can travel anywhere in the city, while you enjoy the scenery. Though the Metro runs inside of the Sao Paulo Metropolitan area, another company, Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos, serves twenty-two of the thirty-nine municipalities that make up the region. Any way you want to look at it, you are covered, when you want to find your next interesting venue. The bottom line is that it is just plain fun to get around using the reasonably priced Metro. Whether you use the Metro to visit your favorite art gallery, cultural function, musical extravaganza, or your favorite churrasco restaurant, the Metro’s Security Agents will be there to assist you. When you next arrive in Sao Paulo, sit back and enjoy your Metro travel adventure.