“Rio is a beauty. But São Paulo – São Paulo is a city,” Marlene Dietrich once said of the vast, frenetic, sprawling metropolis of 11 million Paulistanos. Achingly sophisticated, it is a one-stop-shop for some of the continent’s cutting-edge gastronomy, music, art and fashion.
Shift down a few gears, add a year-round tropical climate and a lilting samba and boss nova soundtrack and you’re in Rio, the world’s most dramatic oceanside city, cradled by mountains swathed in rich emerald jungle and bordered by Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, every bit as magnificent as the lyrics from a João Gilberto or Astrud Gilberto song might suggest.
Our extensive network of contacts on the ground means we can organise pretty much anything in either city, from hang-gliding and helicopter tours to samba classes and tables at the most heavily-booked restaurants. Most important, we have stayed at the hotels and have hand-picked the best rooms, been driven by your chauffeurs and hosted by your guides.