São Paulo is among the world’s most populous cities, a cosmopolitan metropolis that offers numerous cultural institutions, rich architectural landmarks, worldwide cuisine and bustling urban life. Simply put, a lot to do 24/7!
RUNNING TOURS IN SÃO PAULO
The unique experience of a running tour in São Paulo fits perfectly in that scenario, where you experience much of the city in a short time while exercising, learning the local culture and tips on where to eat or what to do. But do not think the rush of the city is mimicked into our tours. Lots to see means making stops for photos and information and having the time to “feel” the city while we run.
We planned our tours thinking of Bill Rodgers’ words from his autobiography Marathon Man: “…you can always stop. You can always decide here is where I need to take in the scenery,…”. Thus, tours are suitable for runners of any level as the pace is at conversational level with stops for you to engage and connect to the city and its people.
Our guided running tours give you the opportunity to explore the city with a perspective from a local runner that lives and loves São Paulo. The routes range from 6 to 12 km and we make sure you take in both the must-sees and the out of tourist path locations. One popular choice is the 10 km São Paulo Downtown running tour. It takes you, as the name describes, through the sights of São Paulo’s downtown, including both main attractions like the Sé cathedral and less known alleys. This running tour is focused on the history of São Paulo, highlighting landmarks built during wealthy decades driven mainly by the coffee market.
We love this flat route through the beating heart of São Paulo downtown as we get to see amazing buildings like the Martinelli, the first Skyscraper in São Paulo, and Matarazzo Building, an imposing building made entirely of travertine marble. Besides cultural buildings, such as the Municipal Theater and Praça da Artes, a modern building finished in 2012, center of the pumping cultural scene in this region. São Paulo Downtown running tour is the ideal tour for you, keen to experience the center of this fascinating metropolis while learning its history passing by many historical buildings and parts of the city which you wouldn’t have visited or rather run through.
If contemporary city life and green spaces are your thing, Gray & Green São Paulo running tour offers you a contrasting experience through the throbbing pulse of the city and the peaceful of São Paulo’s green lungs.
Running the length of the most famous avenue in Brazil, Paulista avenue, you will immerse among numerous commercial and cultural buildings of exquisite architecture, and a crowd of “paulistanos” rushing on its large sidewalks. You will take in the modern buildings of MASP (São Paulo Art Museum) and FIESP/CIESP Cultural Center as well as historic mansions such as Casa das Rosas. Just more few kilometers and you reach Ibirapuera park, the most important city park, a green oasis for leisure and cultural activities, where you will appreciate beautiful landscape and several buildings designed by Oscar Niemeyer. Feeling strong and willing to double the distance? Go for the 12 km Gray & Green São Paulo running tour and you will be back again in the concrete jungle. Now at the Brigadeiro Faria Lima avenue, another commercial and financial center, where you will take in the view of modern high-end buildings like the Pátio Victor Malzoni, address of the Google headquarter in São Paulo. From there to Parque do Povo (People’s park), another green oasis surrounded by the skyscrapers.
On the Gray & Green São Paulo running tour (6 or 12km), you will see the city’s most famous postcards sights with the perfect balance between buildings and parks, business and pleasure sights, the gray and the green of São Paulo. Capitals in the world share a similar corporate and bustling lifestyle, but in São Paulo you can find some charm among rushing streets, especially at Vila Madalena neighborhood, where you can visit during the Cool São Paulo running tour.
Considered the center of São Paulo’s bohemian culture and an area that welcomes an eclectic mix of visitors – sightseeing runners included, at Vila Madalena you experience the vibrant Graffiti-covered alley, Beco do Batman and take in some of the best art galleries, bars, and cafés in São Paulo that are worth a visit during the bustling hours.
The 8km of the Cool São Paulo running tour include the upscale financial area centered by Brigadeiro Faria Lima avenue. Along this avenue, runners take in important architectural landmarks as the “Museu da Casa Brasileira”, an architecture and interior design museum, and the Instituto Tomie Ohtake, a cultural complex of visually striking architecture, passing through popular graffiti murals along the way.
On the Cool Sao Paulo running tour, you will experience the energetic vibe of the city and the region’s intense cultural and social life. As an added bonus, you finish this running tour with a wealth of knowledge about the excellent places for your post-run refueling.
If you’re searching a healthy and funny way to view and experience São Paulo, it could be as easy as pack a pair of runner shoes and book a Go! Running Tour. At every step, in every corner something amazing can be discovered. São Paulo will never cease to blow you away!