a bench made out of a tree branch with the park's geometric mural and imperial pine trees on the depths

Greedy for green in São Paulo, Brazil – Burle Marx Park

An amazing option for outdoor activities and must-see in any city: parks. And the parks in São Paulo will surprisingly satisfy your senses. Today’s post features the Burle Marx Park.

Mood of the post: The beautiful tune that trip-hop Bristol’s band Alpha performed live in 1997, Sometime Later.

A statement: one of the things I love more in life are trees. Better yet, lots of trees, all together. The more humid and green the better. I grew up in São Paulo, a city that sees some 22 million people going back and forth daily just like in an anthill. Our house wasn’t in the center of the city, but in the very green suburbs 30 kilometers away from it. Inside of the Atlantic Forest. We used to refer to the center of São Paulo as “the city”, as our lives happened mostly around our neighborhood. Maybe that is why I had this concrete jungle idea of what was São Paulo.

I moved out off Brazil some 9 years ago and since then I’ve lived in 5 of the world’s most important capitals and visited many more. And anywhere, if I can choose where I’ll live, it will be next to a park. If I’m traveling, I’ll almost certain go for jogging in the closest park I can find. But believe it or not, I hadn’t been in almost any parks in São Paulo. And I finally did it in this last trip I took to my city, after 4 years without having stepped there. And I was just WOWED.

Imperial pine trees framing the imponent beautiful buildings of Morumbi, São Paulo.
Inside of Burle Marx park in São Paulo

dark purple foliage against a deep green forest

If searching in Trip Advisor for the best ideas of outdoor activities in São Paulo, one will find four parks recommendation until reaching number 10. And I’ve never heard of those four parks! São Paulo has at least forty municipal parks spread around the city. Yes, forty! The Cantareira Park, for instance, is home of one of the largest urban forests of the planet, covering an area of 7.900 hectars of extension.

the very green entrance of the park, tall trees and closed forest
The entrance of Burle Marx Park

a tall tree with the forest heras climbing it

The Burle Marx park is only one of the forty, but it became my favorite. The density of the flora and the jungle vibe made me fall in love. It is located in an area of wealth, with imposing and luxurious buildings framing the park.

girls sitting on an art instalation / toy made out of a huge branch of tree, with buildings poking behind the green flora of the park
“O Casulão, or The Big Cocoon” – It can be considered a big playground toy, a playful work of art, public urban furniture or even a giant cage for people’s amusement. The estimated 90 years of age and its search for light (as well as strong winds) contributed to the falling of this tree that was transformed by an art atelier to have an adequate fate: be kept in the park.

green foliage in detail


dense green forest of the burle marx park

And who was Roberto Burle Marx, the man who gently gave his name to such a lovely piece of land? Well, Roberto Burle Marx was a Brazilian landscape architect (as well as a painter, print maker, ecologist, naturalist, artist and musician) whose designs of parks and gardens made him world-famous. He projected the main garden, as well as a its tile mural specially to integrate the gardens of a house built in 1950 by the grand brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. The house was never inhabited, and it was demolished in 1990. In 1995, the gardens were availed to give way to the park.

a geometric mural made of tiny colored tiles
Roberto Burle Marx’s Mural in the Burle Marx Park, São Paulo

Landscape design, Roberto Burle Marx once wrote, “was merely the method I found to organize and compose my drawing and painting, using less conventional materials.”

a bench made out of a tree branch with the park's geometric mural and imperial pine trees on the depths

According to The New York Times, “It was while studying painting in Germany during the Weimar Republic, as he would later tell it, that Burle Marx realized that the vegetation Brazilians then dismissed as scrub and brush, preferring imported pine trees and gladioli for their gardens, was truly extraordinary. Visiting the Botanical Garden in Berlin, he was startled to find many Brazilian plants in the collection and quickly came to see the untapped artistic potential in their varied shapes, sizes and hues”.

tree with moss and foliages climbing it

“The way Burle Marx synthesized art and horticulture in three-dimensional design is really quite exceptional,”

Mirka Benes, landscape historian

the exposed roots of a mossed green tree


a duck observing some fishes in the burle marx park's lake
The Burle Marx Parx lake.


a close up of a mossed tree

And in my consideration, a good park won’t never miss a bit of art! Besides of the “Casulão” depicted here, there is another very interesting art installation hidden inside of the dense vegetation of the Burle Marx Park: “O Descanso da Sala”. Or, in a free translation, “The Rest of the Room”.  Rest as in respite, break. It is an installation by artist José Spaniol and it represents an upside down living room, or a room, opposite to a water mirror.

an art instalatio made of iron, representing an upside down living room
“O Descanso da Sala” by artist José Spaniol in the Burle Marx Park.

detail of an art instalatio made of iron, representing an upside down living room

Parks + art. A blissful life could be resumed to that!




Tatiana Bastos Photography. More at instagram.com/tatyart11.

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Tatiana Bastos

Born and raised in Brasil, studied advertisement at Mackenzie University in Sao Paulo. But from a small child knew to be taken head over feet by fine arts, illustration and photography. For that reason, studied at Panamericana School of Art and Design, also in Brazil, and then ventured to study at The Art Students League of New York, in Manhattan. After years of travels, decided to be based for half of the year on an inspiring island at the center of the blue aegean sea, in Greece, and the other half of the year on electric Berlin, Germany. Still a world traveller, healthy eater, art lover, diy do-er.

14 thoughts on “Greedy for green in São Paulo, Brazil – Burle Marx Park”

  1. It’s wonderful to witness the many talents of Tatiana. Her poetic sensibility makes it possible for her to visualize and explore several areas of art and beauty.
    I thank you for sharing your inspiration with us.

  2. Great photos Tatiana! When I see this beautiful scenery I can only think that I wished so much I was there to do a `quick` fashion shooting…:)) Especially now that I was actually planning to shoot at the botanical garden.But I`m pretty sure the botanical garden in my city is far from being as amazing as the parks in Sao Paolo. http://www.neoandlime.com

  3. I would never have guessed that Sao Paulo would have so much green space! A really interesting post with some great pictures.

  4. The photos in this post are just gorgeous. Thank you so much for writing about this park! One of my favorite things to do while traveling is to just take a break in a beautiful park.

    1. Oh thank you so much for taking time to pass by and to leave a comment! Specially coming from such a great author! I liked a lot your articles about Austria, and I am soon to post some articles on Vienna. I lived there for a bit, it is one of my favorite cities and I will go back soon this year to photograph i.! Come back soon or subscribe to receive alerts on new posts! 🙂

      1. Thank you for your lovely reply!! It’s always a pleasure when someone loves our work, it means we’re on the right way 🙂
        Austria and its capital Vienna stole our heart. We’re ready to read your articles about Vienna 😉

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