Up, Up, Up!

In this most modern of Latin cities, it's no surprise that helicopters are de rigueur. Every paulista with the bucks has one at his beck and call. In fact, 200 helipads dot the tops of downtown high-rises, and more choppers take off here daily than in any other city in the world. It's a wonder that traffic jams even occur. To avoid them altogether, fly into Guarulhos or Congonhas airport and immediately zip off to your hotel. TAM Táxi Aéreo Marília has a two-seat Robinson 44 ($655 an hour) or a six-seat Bell 230 ($4,130 an hour). João Carlos handles the VIPs. 55-11/5582-8993; tam.com.br