Things to do in State of São Paulo

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From São Paulo: Santos, São Vicente & Guarujá Day Trip

1. From São Paulo: Santos, São Vicente & Guarujá Day Trip

This tour starts in Santos Downtown with a tram ride through the historical center to see the main squares, important buildings, churches, monuments and historical landmarks of the city. After that, the tour continues to Itararé beach located in São Vicente city, where you'll stop to take pictures and free time to enjoy the beach or to go on a optional ride by cable car from Itararé beach to the top of Itararé Hill, where you can marvel at a beautiful view over São Vicente coast and Porchat Island. The next stop will be at the Japanese culture viewpoint to overlook the coast with all the beaches of Santos. In the afternoon, visit the Campina viewpoint in Guaruja where you can enjoy a panoramic view over Enseada beach and Stones Hill. The tour will stop next on Enseada beach to have some lunch, relax on the beach and take a fresh bath in the crystal clear water.

São Paulo: Campos do Jordão 'the Brazilian Switzerland' Tour

2. São Paulo: Campos do Jordão 'the Brazilian Switzerland' Tour

Arrive in Campos do Jordão and enjoy a city tour to the main sights and neighborhoods. During the tour, make a stop at the Boa Vista Palace, which is the palace of the Governor of the State of São Paulo. Afterwards, continue with your city tour and pass by the English village and stop at the dammed waterfall of Ducha de Prata, where today there is a handicrafts fair and a large variety of shops.  Then in the afternoon, visit the Villa Capivari, the tourist center of the city. Here you will have free time to enjoy some lunch and other local attractions like a cable car or horse ride. You'll finish the trip with a visit to a typical chocolate factory.

From São Paulo: Private Tour of Atlantic Forest & Valleys

3. From São Paulo: Private Tour of Atlantic Forest & Valleys

Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city to the tranquil forests of the Atlantic on this day trip. A 50-minute drive away from downtown São Paulo, the Serra do Mar State Park is full of rushing falls, trickling streams, and lush vegetation. Visit the largest Atlantic Forest protected area in Brazil. Experience the rich flora, fauna and traditional culture. The Serra do Mar mountain range extends for approximately 1500 kilometers along the south and southeast coast of Brazil. Explore the area by foot on a 9-kilometer trail. Start from the park's main entrance and finish at the same place. The walk lasts about 5 hours, taking you on an old paved road with a winding route in the heart of the Atlantic Forest. On clear days, you can catch a view of the coast and surrounding cities including the first Portuguese settlement in Brazil, the city of Saint Vincent. Explore the rich biodiversity of the Atlantic Forest on the way. The place is home to a precious environmental heritage, characterized by the Atlantic Forest. Soak in the scenic beauty along with historical and cultural information from your guide about the state of São Paulo. Then, take a walk down Calçada do Lorena, the first paved path in Brazil that boosted trade and production connecting São Paulo to the coast. Learn how this path played a part in the country's history and declaration of independence.

From São Paulo: Aparecida Cathedral Tour

4. From São Paulo: Aparecida Cathedral Tour

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.

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

5. 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.

Santos: 7-hour Complete Shared City Tour - Main City Sights

6. Santos: 7-hour Complete Shared City Tour - Main City Sights

Discover the wonders of Santos on a 7-hour city tour. There is plenty to see, do, and explore in the city, which is famous for its beaches, tropical climate, and wide variety of tourist attractions. Meet your friendly bilingual guide for the day at either Santos Seaport or the Municipal Aquarium, then set out onto the vibrant streets of Santos for the tour expedition. Start the tour with an exploration of Porchat Island, then enjoy a 45-minute visit to the colorful Botanical Gardens. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, take an hour for lunch in Santos before heading to the popular Monte Serrat. Throughout the journey, listen to your guide share fascinating stories and insight into each of the landmarks, as well as Santos’ history, culture, and traditions. After an hour at Mount Serrat, enjoy a quick visit to the iconic Pelé Museum and the Shrine of St. Anthony of Valongo. From there, head to the Coffee Museum for a 40-minute tour to learn about the history of Brazilian coffee and its production. At the end of an unforgettable day, relax on the return journey to the tour meeting point or an alternate location of your choice along the way.

São Paulo: Coffee & Cheese Farm Tour with Breakfast & Lunch

7. São Paulo: Coffee & Cheese Farm Tour with Breakfast & Lunch

If you only have a short time in São Paulo and want to venture off the beaten track, this full-day guided tour combining a coffee farm and a cheese farm is ideal to experience the rural charms of Brazil. Visit a farm located in Itu, 1 hour and 20 minutes away from the center of São Paulo. Upon arrival, a flavorful full breakfast at the farmhouse will fill you up and get you ready for a packed day of exploring. After breakfast, learn how the farm has changed character over the years.  Next, head inside the main farmhouse to discover the original features, such as roof tiles molded on the thighs of black slave women. Then take an informative tour to learn all about the process of harvesting and roasting coffee beans, and all the work involved in the production of coffee. Visit the coffee warehouse, coffee machines, former slave quarters. Meet with local farmers and hear about the important role that coffee has played in the history and development of modern-day Brazil. Then join a guided walk along forested trails to reach a breathtaking viewpoint. The coffee shop offers the opportunity to try out different types and aromas of coffees, grounded right before drinking. In addition, you can try coffee liqueur, jabuticaba fruit, handmade cachaça, papaya candies, pickles, honey, and much more. Take a lunch break and taste typical Brazilian countryside cuisine, surrounded by nature. Continue to a family-run goat cheese farm and learn how cheese is made, from fresh milk to the curdling stage. Finish with cheese tastings and interesting stories.

Sao Paulo: Liberdade Asian District Walking Tour

8. Sao Paulo: Liberdade Asian District Walking Tour

Discover the largest Japanese community in the world outside Japan and rescue the memory of the black people in the region who played a key role in the formation of the area. Learn how Liberdade became the bustling commercial center, filled with exotic shops, restaurants, cafes, typically oriental decorations and markets with unique products not found elsewhere. Liberdade is even more vibrant with its Arts and Crafts Fair that creates a real hub of activity every weekend. The neighborhood is also a reference for buying Japanese pop culture products, aimed at anime, k-pop and geek fans. After the overview tour is over, armed with recommendations, you'll be free to have lunch on your own and explore at your own pace the radiant streets with many cozy cafes and a myriad of cool places.

From São Paulo: Santo Amaro Island & Wild Beaches Day Trip

9. From São Paulo: Santo Amaro Island & Wild Beaches Day Trip

Arrive in Bertioga city and cross by ferry to the north of Santo Amaro Island. Then receive safety instructions from your guide. Now you are ready for your hike! Start on the first stretch of the trail called Hans Staden Trail to the first beach - White Beach. Walk across the beach and continue the trail to the second beach, the Black Beach, where you can also stop to take a refreshing bath in the Atlantic Ocean. Then head to the Camburi waterfall. Here you may also enjoy a refreshing bath. After that, hike to the third and last beach, Camburizinho. After that, return to the White Beach where you'll have free time to enjoy the place.

From São Paulo: São Roque Wineries Route and Shopping Tour

10. From São Paulo: São Roque Wineries Route and Shopping Tour

After pickup from your hotel in São Paulo, drive to São Roque to start your tour along the famous wine route. This route consists of the Wine Road, Venâncios Road, and the Quintino de Lima Highway. There are more than 30 establishments along the route, including wineries, restaurants, farms, and entertainment centers. The production of wine in São Roque dates back to the 17th century, when the first Portuguese immigrants became interested in the climate of the region. They invested in the production of the first vineyards, which were later taken over by Italian immigrants. On your tour you will visit 4 different wineries, with a tasting at each one. The wineries visited will be the Terra do Vinho Winery, Canguera Winery, Goes Winery, and the Quinta do Olivardo Winery and Vineyards. Along the way, a stop will be made at a typical local restaurant where you can buy lunch. Along with the wine, you will also try typical products grown in the region, such as sausages, cheeses, sweets, and cachaça, a traditional Brazilian liqueur.  In the afternoon, visit the Catarina Outlet located on the Castelo Branco Highway, an excellent shopping center inspired by North American outlets. Explore a wide variety of stores selling famous footwear, clothing, accessories, cosmetics, perfumes, and different types of drinks.

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I really liked this tour and I think I was very lucky to have Denis as my guide as he did a great job. Denis was very knowledgeable about the places, shared tons of information, and was very communicative throughout the tour. I definitely recommend him as your guide! The coffee farm shows history of the coffee making process which I found very interesting; the coffee they served there was very delicious and the lunch was tasty and a huge portion! I really enjoyed the cheese farm - Celia and Luisa were wonderful hosts! Their story of how they started it was very interesting and inspiring! Their handmade cheese from cow and goat's milk were super super delicious!! It is definitely worth the visit, and I am sure that you will not leave with empty hands. :-)

What an amazing trip! Highly recommend. I saw a few reviews about Santos not being interesting but I can say that I found it 100% worth visiting. It really gives you a taste of history and the old town is beautiful and very interesting! San Vicente was just unreal, the beautiful view from the gondola ride and from the top was really special. And Guaruja was the perfect stop to end the day, beautiful beach, delicious restaurant… 10 out of 10 trip for us. Our guide Mauricio also deserves the greatest applause for being so informative, fun, and attentive the entire trip!!

What a unique experience! I had stumbled across this tour and am so glad we we booked it. It was such an unexpected and unique addition to our trip in Brazil! Our guide Mauricio was super knowledgeable and informative, we were very impressed with the tour!

It was a super combined tour with dream beaches connected by a hike through the nature park/rain forest. We had had a super guide. Bridget and Matthew

We had a wonderful day and a wonderful tour. Highly recommend.