A quiet stroll through Parque do Ibirapuera (Ibirapuera Park) means encountering one modernist masterpiece after another—the Auditório Ibirapuera and the Bienal Building (both by Oscar Niemeyer), the Museo de Arte Moderna (Lina Bo Bardi). A visit to the Museum Of African Culture, then a fresh Aqua De Coco from one of the streetside stalls and the transformation is complete: here sits a true oasis in the concrete desert.
Green meadow beckon to footballers of every stripe; ancient trees whisper in the wind; the lakeside offers many lovely spots to sit and read (perhaps a book from the park’s public library), share a picnic or simply watch the birds fly off into the high blue sky.
And if all that isn’t enough, stop by in September. The blooming Jacaranda alley will turn even the sternest of viewers into a starry-eyed romantic.