The New York Times has a great article on a whirlwind 36 hour trip to the “ugliest, most dangerous city you’ll ever love.”
Several airlines fly between New York and São Paulo, including American, Delta, Continental, Japan Airlines and the Brazilian airline TAM. A recent online search found fares starting at $890 for early November. Better deals can sometimes be found through BACC (800-222-2746; www.bacctravel.com), a New York City travel agency specializing in travel to Brazil.
The NYT recommends beginning with Culture Park to engage in some art, pickup some Brazilian-style beer (chopp), and head over to the 24 hour food market. Americans should make sure to cut through visa red tape while planning a trip since it’s still relatively dollar-friendly – or just take E-Dubs’ word for it!