Decorated with over 37,000 trees and sitting alongside Rio Pinheiros, Parque Villa-Lobos is one of the best outdoor leisure attractions in São Paulo. With bike tracks, jogging tracks, hiking trails, sports fields, and gym equipment the park is a popular destination for those seeking some activity.
The park features running routes of various lengths ranging from 700m to 2,150m. Runners can also plan their own routes if they please, as the park is full of trails, roads, and paths perfect for running. Some highlights include Vai pela Sombra, a shaded trail perfect for escaping the sun, Circuito das Arredores for those wishing to walk amongst the trees, and the Orquidário Ruth Cardoso, a garden of orchids paying tribute to the former first lady.
The park is accessible by bus and metro. The park is open from 5:30am to 7pm, and until 8pm in the summer.
For a longer run, there’s some decent running along the water between Av. Escola Politécnica, east to Cidade Universitária train station, and in the Pinheiros neighborhood.