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  1. Brazil
  2. Southeast Region, Brazil
  3. São Paulo
  4. Day Trips

From São Paulo: Aparecida Cathedral Tour

Product ID: 252812
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Visit the 2nd-largest church on earth. Learn about Brazilian religious tradition. Explore the Itaguaçu Port to learn about the origins of the Aparecida.
About this activity
Duration 10 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Portuguese
Wheelchair accessible

Pick-up service

Pickup is available for addresses located in the following areas listed. Please send your accommodation address to the local operator. If you are not inside the pickup area, the local operator will contact you with the closest meeting point available. Pickup available from: • Sé • Liberdade • Vila Mariana • Paraíso • Aclimação • Brás • Luz • Bom Retiro • República • Santa Cecilia • Higienópolis • Barra Funda • Consolação • Bela Vista • Cerqueira César • Jardins • Jardim América • Jardim Europa • Vila Madalena • Pacaembu • Perdizes • Moema • Vila Nova Conceição • Itaim Bibi
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Watch mass rites at a church capable of holding 30,000 worshippers
  • Discover the history surrounding the Aparecida Virgin Mary statue, among Brazilian Christianity's most important relics
  • Marvel at the grandeur of one of the world's most spectacular religious structures
Full description
After pickup from your hotel in São Paulo at 7:30 AM, begin your tour of one of the most important religious sites in South America. Approaching the city of Aparecida, you’ll make a stop at the Itaguaçu Port to learn the history of the Virgin Mary statue to which the Aparecida Cathedral is dedicated.

Found by fishermen in the 18th century, the miracles surrounding the statue quickly caused the city to become an important site of religious pilgrimage. In 1955, plans for the cathedral were unveiled, and it was consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1980.

After leaving the Itaguaçu port, you’ll head to Aparecida’s historic center for a tour of the cathedral. Walk the immense grounds before heading into the basilica itself, marveling at the nearly 250-foot-tall dome and sprawling main hall, capable of holding 30,000 parishioners. See the original Virgin Mary statue, and watch the spectacle that is the church’s mass.

After your tour, enjoy some free time to explore the town, grab a bite to eat, or view the nativity exhibition on Olive Trees Mountain. Afterwards, you’ll be driven back to your accommodation.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Guided tour with an English-, Spanish-, and Portuguese-speaking guide
  • All insurance and taxes
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
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