Any question about our Free Walking Tours?
What is the SP Free Walking Tour?
The SP Free Walking Tour is the first and the official free walking tour in São Paulo, Brazil - since 2012!
Our Free Walking Tours are tours on foot, offering a historic, touristic, cultural and local overview of the city. It´s different way to discover the city, with our local and fun tour-guides, sharing with open-minded travelers from all over the world the best secrets and information of São Paulo, making a real experience with local connections. It´s sustaintable tourism, with less impact, and more real experience, supporting the local economy and keeping the original local culture.
Nowadays we have four different routes to discover São Paulo: "Old Downtown" (around the historic center), "Paulista Ave" (around the cultural heart), "Vila Madalena" (around the local side, with grafities and urban arts), and "Ibirapuera Park" (arts and green, in the most famous park of the city).
When and what time does the SP Free Walking Tour happen?
There are FOUR differente routes:
The "Old Downtown" tour (historic center) happens on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, at 11h00am in English; and on Saturdays, at 10h30am in Portuguese. - please, be at the Meeting Point 20 minutes before the tour starts. The Meeting Point is at República Square, next to the Tourist Information Center (subway station: República).
The "Paulista Ave" tour (cultural heart) goes on Thursdays and Sundays, at 3h30pm in English; and on Sundays, at 3h00pm in Portuguese - please, be at the Meeting Point 20 minutes before the tour starts. The Meeting Point is on the corner of Paulista Ave X Augusta St. (Jardins side), in front of Banco do Brasil (subway station: Consolação).
The "Vila Madalena" tour (local side) runs on Thursdays and Sundays, at 11h00am in English; and on Sundays at 10h30am in Portuguese - please, be at the Meeting Point 20 minutes before the tour starts. The Meeting Point is outside of Fradique Coutinho subway station (Yellow line), on the corner of Pinheiro St. and Fradique Coutinho St.
The "Ibirapuera Park" tour (inside the green) happens on on Wednesdays and Saturdays, at 4h00pm in English; and on Saturdays, at 3h30pm in Portuguese. - please, be at the Meeting Point 20 minutes before the tour starts. The Meeting Point is in front of AACD Servidor subway station (purle line).
How long does it last? And where does it finish?
The "Old Downtown" tour lasts about 3h30min, with a 20min. break to relax, eat or drink, and go to the toilet. It finishes at São Bento Square, next to "São Bento" subway station (blue line), and very close to the Municipal Market.
The "Paulista Ave" tour lasts about 2h30min., with a 15min. break to drink or eat something, go to the toilet and relax a little bit. It finishes at Osvaldo Cruz Square, in front of Pátio Paulista Shopping Mall, two blocks from Brigadeiro subway station (green line).
The "Vila Madalena" tour lasts about 3h hours, including a 15min. break to drink or eat something, go to the toilet and relax a little bit. It finishes at Batata Square, in Faria Lima Ave, in front of Faria Lima subway station (Yellow line).
The "Ibirapuera Park" tour lasts about 2h30min., including a 10min. break to drink or go to the toilet and relax a little bit. It finishes near the Gate 3 Entrance of Ibirapuera Park, 20min. walking to the Meeting Point (AACD Servidor subway station).
What language does the SP Free Walking Tour happen?
Nowadays the SP Free Walking Tour is done in English and in Portuguese: in English on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; and in Portuguese only on weekends and holidays.
The tours in English happen on Mondays (Old Downtown tour, at 11h00am), Wednesdays (Old Downtown tour, at 11h00am / Ibirapuera Park tour, at 4h00pm), Thursdays (Vila Madalena tour, at 11h00am / Paulista Ave tour, at 3h30pm), Saturdays (Old Downtown tour, at 11h00am / Ibirapuera Park tour, at 4h00pm), and on Sundays (Vila Madalena tour, at 11h00am / Paulista Ave tour, at 3h30pm).
The Portuguese tours happen on weekends: Saturdays (Old Downtown tour, at 10h30am / Ibirapuera Park tour, at 3h30pm), and on Sundays (Vila Madalena tour, at 10h30am / Paulista Ave tour, at 3h00pm).
Do we visit inside any place during the SP Free Walking Tour?
No. During the SP Free Walking Tour we visit the most famous and important sight-seeings of the city from outside. We also give all the information about location, visiting, prices, times and everything. So, after the tour, you can go inside and visit the places that you like most!
Some places are necessary to pay to go inside, and others we find a big line of people, wasting the time of the tour.
Why is it free?
The SP Free Walking Tour does not have fixed prices or payments. It´s "tips-based only".
It means voluntary tips are accepted and welcome, as a way to thank and support the tour - so, that's why our staff will be motivated to do their best, to make you enjoy the tour, and explore the city in a informative, different, fun and special way - making it worth for you! It´s the concept of "Collaborative Economy". ;-)
What should I bring to the SP Free Walking Tour?
The tour is totally on foot, so, it's good to wear comfortable shoes. Also it's good to have water to drink on the way (it's possible to buy a bottle of water close to the Meeting Point). And mainly, a lots of fun and good vibes! :-)
In hot days, it's reccomended to use a hat and have a sunscreen. In rainy days, it's reccomended to have a raintcoat or umbrella (mainly summer time in the afternoon - January and February in Brazil).
In the "Paulista Ave" tour, it's good to take a coat, because it gets cold in the end of afternoon, mainly winter time (July and August in Brazil).
Every tour, there is a break in the middle, to eat or drink, and go to the toilet, where credit cards are accepted.
Do I need to book in advance to join the SP Free Walking Tour?
Yes. Booking in advance is required to join our Free Walking Tours, due our groups have a limited number of participants, to guarantee the quality and safety to everyone. After you book online, you show up at the Meeting Point on the day of your tour, and there, you meet our friendly staff, and confirm your sign-up. and get your TipMap of the area we will walk.
Please, book online your spot in the tour only if your´re super sure about joinning our Free Walking Tours, to not take a spot of someone else who are sure about joinning it. We appreciate your understanding ;-)
Our Free Walking Tours are always confirmed - rainy or sunny days! So, bring your raincoat or your umbrella in rainy days. It happens a storm, the tour will be stopped for a while in a safe and covered place, until the rain get softer.
Can I take my organized group to the SP Free Walking Tour?
No. In our regular Free Walking Tours, it's not allowed the participation of organized groups (like students, excursions) to keep the quality and safety of the tour (also because there is a limited number of participants).
For groups organized by another institution (like schools, excursions), we offer our Private Tours!
What is a Private Tour?
Private Tours have the same concept: a walking tour - but on your way!
This service is for organized groups (students, excursions) or if you want our walking tour in another day and time that is offered.
So, for information, details and prices of our Private Tours, please, get in touch with us!