Parque Ibirapuera is awesome! It cannot be compared to other parks because it is unique in its own way, like running laps, cycling, or doing whatever you feel like then having innumerous fresh coconut water waiting for you, I think that is awesome. Plus some other amenities, like their research gardens, open wooden hangar, plus this place is surrounded by cool restaurants and bars.
It's all nice, but try to avoid afternoons and weekends, it can get really crowded, and making cycling a tad difficult.
It's a nice park... The free live events are neat and I like the fact that it has several areas to pump iron... or cement. It is fun to people watch there but It gets RIDICULOUSLY crowded in the weekends. Runners are constantly dodging skaters and vice-versa.
Everyone compares it to Central Park in New York, and I mean every Brazilian that finds out that I am from New York makes sure to provide me with this bit of information, but one really can't compare the two. Central Park is around 300 acres bigger and is around 100 years older than Parque do Ibirapuera. But I can understand the significance of the comparison, I do, however, like parque Aclimacao more :)
This huge park is such a nice get away from all the buildings and cars in SP. There are big and small lakes with swans and ducks all throughout the park. There are trails for walking and and painted lanes for bike riding. There are plenty of shaded areas from the trees, as well as sunny spots to catch some rays.
If you forget to bring a drink, there are vendors every 10 ft practically selling drinks, ice cream and snacks.. keep in mind the prices will be slightly higher due to the monopoly of being inside the park.
I personally am a nature lover and coming here made me feel good. Soo much concrete, pollution and noise from cars and buses in SP was driving me crazy. This was a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.
This beautiful and absolutely huge park is a can't miss if you are visiting Sao Paulo. It's lovely and has so much to offer. You can do any number of sports - running, biking, roller blading, slack line - and the people watching is the best in the city! People bring their dogs and hang out on blankets, soaking up the sun and enjoying tasty treats from the numerous carts selling food and drinks. Check out the museums in the park, too. It will definitely take you multiple trips to see all there is to see!
love this park. but we have to choose time. otherwise, you keep looking for parking lot or feel like you are in bus/metro in rush hour..
A definite must see for visitors in São Paulo. It is a vibrant park where city dwellers come to play, exercise and be seen. Almost all are wearing exercise apparel, head to toe. They have bikes, roller blades, skate boards, and lots of runners and gamers. There are play grounds, lots of grass and trees, it is very clean, and beautiful. It is like Central Park of NYC but 10xs the people. They're are people on tightropes, street performers (excellent) museums, ponds, a few vendors, restrooms, basketball courts, soccer, and many others. Great place to have a picnic or just to go play. I felt very safe there.
A few differences is that the park is fenced in and there are not many ways to get in (I saw only one). I believe that increases the safety. There are no horse drawn carriages and it looks like it closed at night but I don't read Portuguese.
No matter what I loved it. Gorgeous place to go for a few hours to walk and/or people watch.
SP is a huge city and lacks green space. Parque Ibirapuera makes up for this by providing a sizable activity area for residents of the city. It is super crowded during Saturdays and Sundays and nearly impossible to run or bike on the paths, but if you go after 4pm you will be ok. There are museums throughout the park, which is a nice feature. Unfortunately the park is not metro accessible, so most tourists might not find it easy to get to.
This park is a great place for a stroll and for spending some time while you relax, lying down under the shadow of a tree. It has huge areas for the practice of many types of sports, lake with ducks and swans, big green area, spaces for expositions and events, space telescope, playground, among many other atractions.
However, there's always a catch, isn't there? The park is really big, so, because of it, it's impossible for it to be safe all the time. There are robbery reports from time to time. But, if you can keep yourself even a little alert, you'll be okay. I really advice that you try going there, it's very good.
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