São Paulo straddles the world’s second largest urban area, so it’s no wonder its citizens have resorted to a form of transport that’s much faster than cars. The rich—and tourists looking for a joyride—fly from one spot to another in helicopters. They are by far the easiest way to avoid the massive traffic jams which otherwise threaten to throw shopping plans and business meetings off course.
There are about 500 helicopters officially registered in São Paulo; almost every hotel and major skyscraper boasts its own landing pad. Tourist rides usually depart from Campo de Marte Airport, but you can also set up a meeting at the nearest heliport. Even more eco-minded visitors should give it a go: tours can last from around 30 minutes to 3 hours and include aerial views of Campo de Marte, Vale do Anhangabaú, Praça da Sé, Museu do Ipiranga, Avenida Paulista and Parque do Ibirapuera.