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Santos (Sao Paulo), Brazil

Santos is the main port for São Paulo, which is by any measure a bonafide alpha global city. It is not only Brazil’s largest city, it is the largest in the Western Hemisphere, and in the Southern, and the 13th largest city on earth. The city sprawls across a plateau just over 40 miles from the sea, across the coastal range. It bristles with skyscrapers and churns with traffic day and night. It has a n exceptionally rich cultural life, seasoned by a vast and varied immigrant population. Among its populations from over 200 countries, the city has the largest diasporas of Arab, Japanese and Italian immigrants in the world, and one of the largest Jewish populations anywhere. The city offers a dazzling variety of museums and galleries from which to choose, as well as hundreds of monuments and memorials.