day 80_Sao Paulo


I'm on my way to Brasilia, from where I will fly to Rio de Janeiro before returning back to Sao Paulo.

I almost forgot the two-sidedness of Sao Paulo's urban fabric, but now, seeing the city from above again, the contrast cannot be more obvious. The city's spine - Paulista Avenue - and the areas emanating from it are mostly built up, with high-rise towers reaching upwards (see the picture below). From this view, one might falsely think the entire city is composed of tightly packed high-rises...


However, Sao Paulo is a massive urban agglomeration, among the top ten largest in the world. The sprawling favelas create a continuous urbanized 'mat' around the high-rise towers and stretch far into the distance.