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Old 02-24-2010, 08:12 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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I will be visiting Brazil for the first time in 2010. I know to Brazilians there is a fierce rivalry between SP and Rio. Anyone out there that have experienced these cities that could throw in their two cents on what these cities offer, how the people differ, which one is better? They are about as different as NY & LA. Would love to hear about it.
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Old 06-19-2014, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Brazil
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Rio is the most beautiful big city of the world. São Paulo is the ugliest.
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Old 06-19-2014, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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Rio is the most beautiful big city of the world. São Paulo is the ugliest.
Making a statement like that, you must be a Carioca.
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Old 06-20-2014, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Casca - Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
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Rio vs Sao Paulo is something like LA vs New York

Rio is warmer, has nice beaches, the famous people live there.

Sao Paulo is bigger, it's great for shopping, has nice buildings and a crazy nightlife.
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Old 06-21-2014, 09:08 AM
 
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Rio is one if the most beautiful cities on earth ( notwithstanding the favelas), but Sao Paulo is just one huge mass of humanity without much planning.
I know both cities from personal experience, and I feel there is no comparison.
Compare Rio with Hong Kong. That's credible.
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Old 06-21-2014, 09:53 AM
 
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If you go to Sao Paulo you should party in the favelas. It was probably the best experience in my life.
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Old 07-17-2014, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Macao
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I will be visiting Brazil for the first time in 2010. I know to Brazilians there is a fierce rivalry between SP and Rio. Anyone out there that have experienced these cities that could throw in their two cents on what these cities offer, how the people differ, which one is better? They are about as different as NY & LA. Would love to hear about it.
I lived in both, and preferred Sao Paulo.

Rio is definitely the place to visit as a tourist. It has everything.

What I liked about Sao Paulo, as a foreigner who lived in both, was that people in Sao Paulo treated me less like an ATM Machine and more like a human being. I had great conversations with people people in Sao Paulo, was on TV a couple times just for being the foreigner in the bar.

But if you are just being a tourist, I can't think of what exactly you'd see in SP that would be better than Rio. SP is quite fascinating as well, but Rio is justifiably world-famous for it's beauty and beaches.
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