Gay Sao Paulo
Gay Sao Paulo is the second largest and most multicultural city in Latin America. Each June the city plays host to the biggest gay pride parade in South America. More than two million people gather at Avenida Paulista for the event. The gay scene in Sao Paulo is diversified, so there are plenty of options for the gay traveler, for every taste - from small pubs and cruising bars to very modern and stylish nightclubs. You can also find the best international dining here, 24 hours a day.
São Paulo has two airports: the São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport; and the Congonhas/São Paulo Airport, for domestic flights, about 5 miles from downtown. Buses depart from Guarulhos for Congonhas Airport, Republic Square, the Tietê Bus Terminal; and city districts of Barra Funda, Itaim Bibi, the Paulista / Augusta Hotels Circuit and Tatuapé Metro Station. For more information, please see the airport websites for schedules and routes. Taxis can also be hired to take you to your hotel.
In São Paulo, the carnival-like Gay Pride Parade brings in nearly four million beautiful people who crowd onto the main boulevard of Paulista Avenue and the bordering streets. Brazil's love of festivals and mega parties, the country's politics moving left and a huge burst of awareness with gay issues paved the way for the June event that is so monumental, it is listed in the Guinness World Records as the largest party of it's kind in the world.
It can get quite hot during summer while winter is very mild and pleasant as it barely rains during this season. Be ready for summer rains almost everyday however - March is the month that most Brazilians consider that last month of the raining season and November the first. In the Southern Hemisphere, summer is from December through February.
There are a variety of options for gay travelers looking to get around town, including a subway system, public buses, taxis. Transportation can be arranged by hotel concierge/front desk. Car rentals can be useful although traffic can be crazy during rush hour. Most rental companies offer GPS devices. Walking is safe when you’re in a group and in certain areas.
The gay region is located in the most expensive quarter in Gay Sao Paulo, called “Jardins.” The neighborhood is located between Av. Paulista (the financial district) and R. Oscar Freire (the expensive and stylish designer shopping area). This is a not dangerous area and walking through streets and bars can be very enjoyable for the gay traveler.
The Gay Scene in Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo is one of the most gay-friendly cities in Brazil. You can find parties and events year-round, so gay tourists come from all over country, especially on weekends.