Sao Paulo Overview
As the largest city in Brazil and the southern hemisphere, Sao Paulo's sprawling cityscape is packed with a variety of interesting attractions and engaging activities available to travelers who make their way to the eastern coastline of this South American nation. This shoreline community traces its origins back to the 1500s, when Portuguese colonists and missionaries established the Colégio de São Paulo de Piratininga located atop a steep hill between the Anhangabaú and Tamanduateí rivers.
The city got off to a rocky start and progress was stale for hundreds of years due to its isolated location, and the poor Portuguese population that inhabited the small village. Sao Paulo experienced a rapid upswing after Brazil gained its independence in 1823 and began constructing universities and other establishments dedicated to higher education, which prompted an influx of students and teachers that led to its growth. Today, the city is recognized as the "finance capital of Brazil," and is home to numerous corporate entities and financial institutions which have established Sao Paulo as an economic powerhouse.
Brazil is set to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and many of the
tournament games have been scheduled to take place in the city of Sao Paulo
. International soccer fans from around the globe will flock to the country hoping to cheer their national squad to victory in one of the world's most popular sporting contests. Games will be held at the