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Airport There are two major airports in the São Paulo metropolitan area: Governor André Franco Montoro, also known as Guarulhos, neighbour city where it's located, and Cumbica, a district in said city (GRU, for domestic and international flights) and Congonhas, insteresting building in the 50's architectural style (CGH, for domestic flights). There's also a small airport known as Campo de Marte north of the Old Center for small, private aircraft and helicopters. Campo de Marte also hosts the Ventura Goodyear Blimp.

Guarulhos International Airport, officially known as Sao Paulo/Guarulhos - Governor Andre Franco Montoro International Airport, is an airport that serves São Paulo, Brazil, located in Guarulhos municipality, 16 miles (30km) northeast of the São Paulo city centre. Contacts: Tel: +55 (0)11 6445 2945.

It is nicknamed by some as Cumbica, after the suburb in which it is located. The airport has 2 passenger and 5 cargo terminals, with a new passenger terminal under planning as of 2004. The passenger terminals are in the same building, so there is no significant inconvenience in moving between the two. Several modifications in both terminals were made to alleviate congestion until the beginning of construction of T3, scheduled to start in 2006. There are a number of bars, restaurants and shops at the airport. There are banks, currency exchange bureaux and ATMs. There is duty-free shopping before customs for Arrivals, as well as tourist information desks, business facilities and two conference rooms. Airport Parking & Transfers: Long and short-term parking is available.Taxis are available outside the terminals; visitors are advised to take the prepaid taxis, they are usually a little more expensive but give peace of mind. There is also an airport shuttle bus, which drops off at the main hotels. Public buses are also available. Departure tax: R$115 or US$38.

Congonhas International Airport or Congonhas/São Paulo International Airport is São Paulo's second airport, situated 8km from the city downtown at Avenida Washington Luís s/nº - Campo Belo.

Campo de Marte Airport was São Paulo's first airport, opened in 1919. Campo de Marte is 6 km north from the city's downtown. Handling more than 82,000 take-offs and landings in 2003, the airport was the 5th busiest Brazilian airport that year, by number of operations.

Goodyear Blimp The Goodyear Blimp is the collective name for a fleet of blimps operated by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for advertising purposes and for use as a television camera platform for sporting events.

Embassies located in Brazil

Time & Code The time in Sao Paulo is GMT - 3 hours and they operate an October to February time shift to make it GMT - 2 hours. The international dialling code for Brazil is 55.

Business Hours Shops and most offices are open Monday through Friday from 9 am. to 6 p.m. and from 9 am to 1pm on Saturday. Banks are open on Monday through Friday from 10am to 4:00pm. Most shopping centers and malls remain open until 10pm. Many pharmacies and small stores are also open on Sunday.

Health & Medical Sao Paulo has four premium hospitals. The Albert Einstein Hospital is regarded as one of the best in South America. Loacted at Av. Albert Einstein 627, Morumbi, telephone 011/845-1233.

Rental Car Agencies Avis Car Rental, Sao Paulo 0800 118-066. Budget Car Rental, Sao Paulo 0800 142-499. Hertz Car Rental, Sao Paulo 0800 701 7300. Localiza, Sao Paulo 0800 992 000. Unidas, Sao Paulo 0800 121 121.

Some important or necessary tourist's information:
  • Praca da Republica, Rua 7 de Abril. Open from 9am to 6 pm.
  • Avenue Paulista, Beside Parque Trianon. Open from 9am to 6 pm.
  • Shopping Centre Iguatemi, Av. Brig. Faria Lima. Open from Monday to Friday 9 - 6.
  • Parque da Luz, Av. Ribeiro de Lima 99. Open from 10 am to 6pm from Tuesday to Friday and at weekends from 10 am to 4 pm.
  • Sao Paulo Tourist Office, Rua Zequinha de A breu 78 - Cep Sao Paulo, 55 1138655999
For Sports' Spectators:

Horse Racing Races run Monday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Jockey Clube de São Paulo (Av. Lineu Paula Machado 1263, Cidade Jardim; tel. 011/2161-8300). On Monday races start at 6pm; on Saturday and Sunday the races start at 1:30pm. Minimum bet is R$1 (US40¢). The club has a restaurant open for dinner Monday through Friday and for lunch on weekends; the bar Cantér is popular even with those who don't watch the races.

Motor Racing Important races such as the Brazil Formula 1 Grand-Prix take place at the Autódromo de Interlagos, Av. Senador Toetônia Vilela 259. Call tel. 011/5521-9911. Tickets for this sought-after event sell out up to 6 months in advance; try for information on upcoming dates.

Soccer or Football The big clubs in town are São Paulo, Corinthians, Palmeiras, and Portuguesa. Any match between these teams is likely worth seeing. So are all the state championships. Deciphering soccer schedules is the stuff of serious scholarship; better to just ask your hotel clerk or bellboy if there are any big games coming up. The city's big stadium is the Morumbi, located in the Morumbi neighborhood at Praça Roberto Gomes Pedrosa 1 (tel. 011/3742-3377).

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