Run on an elevated highway that’s closed to cars on nights and weekends! The Minhocão, officially “Via Elevada Presidente João Goulart“, is a 3.5 km elevated highway in downtown São Paulo that was completed in 1971. It’s since been viewed as a disaster in urban planning — earning the nickname ‘Big Worm”. The ~3 km highway is closed to car traffic on weekends and evenings between 20:00 and 07:00. It’s a festive scene. There are great views of the São Paulo skyline and the massive works of art painted on the sides of high-rises. One lane is generally reserved for cyclists and the other for pedestrians.
The eastern end is at Roosevelt Square (Praça Roosevelt), and the west end is at L. Padre Péricles, where the road turns to Av. Francisco Matarazzo. Good access to the Minhocão is at the Santa Cecília metro station.
Add-Ons: Parque da Água Branca, located just 0.5 km west of the western end of the Minhocão. You can also combine with our São Paulo ‘runseeing’ tour.
- 3 km to 3.5 km. (~2 miles) one-way
- East end: Praça Rooseveltl; West end L. Padre Péricles (Av. Francisco Matarazzo)
- Santa Cecília metro station is a good access point