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Walk to the Big Rock in Cantareira State Park

1. Walk to the Big Rock in Cantareira State Park

Get in the mood for adventure and join a hiking tour of the trail in Serra da Cantareira and contemplate the best views of the city of São Paulo. After pickup at your hotel in São Paulo, depart for the northern part of the city. After a forty-minute journey, enter the Cantareira State Park, a natural reserve that extends over more than 7,900 hectares. In Serra da Cantareira, start the walk that will take you to Pedra Grande. Along the way, contemplate the lush natural landscape, in addition to observing the animals that live in the park. Keep your eyes open and, with a little luck, you will see some monkeys. After an hour and a half of walking, stop at the edge of Lake of the Carp, where you can recover and relax in the middle of nature. Continue the journey for another thirty minutes, until reaching Pedra Grande, a viewpoint located 1010 meters above sea level, from where you can enjoy incredible views of São Paulo and the valleys that surround the city. The contrast between the metropolis and the special forest is truly incredible. The guide will also bring you some snacks and refreshments for you to eat and drink during the walk, enough to keep you well until getting back to the hotel. On your return to São Paulo, you will have the opportunity to ask the guide for more information about the local nature, but also about the history of the region. Conclude the activity, arriving back at the starting point in São Paulo.

From São Paulo: Santos and Guarujá Private Full-Day Tour

2. From São Paulo: Santos and Guarujá Private Full-Day Tour

Following pick-up from your hotel in São Paulo, journey to the coastal cities of Santos and Guarujá, approximately 80 kilometers from the capital. Relax in air-conditioned comfort on the 1-hour drive through expansive sections of the Atlantic Forest, and then discover the largest maritime port in Latin America upon arrival at Santos. Marvel at the countless shipping containers and cargo vessels in the Port of Santos, where thousands of immigrants arrived in Brazil at the end of the 19th century to work on the great coffee plantations. Get to know the main tourist attractions of the city, both in the historic city center and on the edges of the city. Learn how coffee production influenced the local way of life and customs, and hear more about the important historical figures of the area who affected not only the state of São Paulo but the country as a whole. Then, take the ferry to Guarujá on Santo Amaro Island, known for its large selection of beaches, restaurants and lookout points. Since the 1970s, following a boom in the local real estate market, the island has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state of São Paulo. Go to a lookout point to get some amazing views and take some excellent souvenir photographs. Stop at an excellent local restaurant to enjoy the local seafood before making your way back to São Paulo.

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What people are saying about São Paulo

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5.0 / 5

based on 5 reviews

The day trip with Renato was an amazing experience. He was very professional and knowledgeable. He patiently showed me around parts of the country I would have never managed to enjoy or discover on my own. Most importantly it did not feel like a history lesson, but he communicated an engaging story connecting the past and the present. Everything was simply perfect and tailored around my interests and curiosities.

A spectacular day!

Luiz Henrique, an extremely friendly guide, the visit was fun, all the landscapes are beautiful, it is very worthwhile. The food and coffee are exquisite. Thank you very much Luiz for an incredible experience.

Very well organized. Guide Luiz was excellent. Highly recommend to others.,