The climate in São Paulo varies between 8º16º Celsius (46-60 Fahrenheit) in the winter (June-August) and 20º38º Celsius (68-100 Fahrenheit) in the summer (December-February). During the warm summer period it is still possible to train before and after lunch without the heat becoming a problem (8-10 in the morning and 3-5 in the afternoon).
During spring and autumn it often rains for approximately one hour in the afternoon but then gets sunny again.
Portuguese is the official language of Braziil and very few residents can speak other languages. Portuguese is structurally similar to Spanish but sounds different due to the many nasal vowels in the language. We understand that visiting Brazil without a Portuguese-speaking guide can be quite difficult.
In order to help with the language barrier, Bem Vindo! will provide guests with one or two guides fluent in your native language as well as English and Portuguese.
Football is an essential part of the Brazilian national pride — attend any local match and you will instantly witness the shared passion for the sport, and with a population with over 180 million people Brazil constantly produce new star players.
In fact, Campeonato Brasileiro Série A (the top division in Brazilian league football) is ranked second best in the world, surpassed only by the Spanish La Liga according to the latest rankings by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) in January 2013.
While it’s true that Brazil is one of the most welcoming and friendly places on Earth, there are legitimate social issues including crime, poverty, and gang violence. The good news is that it is quite easy to avoid these threats if you stick to the curriculum we provide for all of our guests, since all of our activities take place in safe areas.
For instance — Atibaia and Santos are very calm and quiet cities with a majority of retired people in the community. These two cities are also a priority to the authorities which is why there are a lot of police officers in the areas to make sure the area is safe.
As for São Paulo — it is quite safe to be walking around various areas of the city during the daytime. At night time however it can be dangerous so if you are not familiar with the city we advise you do not travel alone and take caution in where you are at each moment. Of course, the more expensive and tourist-friendly neighborhoods will be relatively safe at night time but be extremely careful when venturing away from them. During our trips we always use a charter bus and a designated driver for transportation so that we never go to places that could be dangerous for our guests.