“Guide to the state of Sao Paulo Brazil and the cities”
The state of Sao Paulo is Brazil’s most populous state with 40 million people. The state’s capital city is also named Sao Paulo, it is the largest city in South America and is among the largest cities in the world with a population of around 20 million inhabitants within the city and its metropolitan area.
Sao Paulo is the economic powerhouse of Brazil and is the wealthiest state in Brazil. The Sao Paulo state has among the best tourism infrastructure in Brazil and has a little bit of everything. From the bustle of the of big city of Sao Paulo, to beautiful coastal beaches, the lush green Atlantic rainforest, relaxing mountain resort towns, and fertile farm lands that are among the most productive in Brazil.
If you are into outdoor activities the state offers a variety of things to do such as hiking, cave exploring, rock
climbing, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, hang gliding, paragliding, bird watching, golfing, fishing, surfing, scuba diving, swimming and much more
Interesting Destinations in the State of Sao Paulo
The city of Sao Paulo is the capital of the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Sao Paulo is the largest city in Brazil and in all of South America with a population of around 20 million people. Although the city is not known as a tourist destination the city does offer a wide variety of attractions and entertainment options.
This town is located 28 km (17 miles) from the city of Sao Paulo. Known as Embu Das Artes because the town is know for its handicrafts market and stores. You can find ceramics, leather, woolen goods, knitted items and a variety of other handcrafted items.
Iporanga is an ecotourism destination located about 330 km from the city of Sao Paulo, in the southwestern part of the state. This area is known as the “Cave Capital” because of the many limestone caves in the area of the municipality. Named as a World Natural Heritage by UNESCO, the town is surrounded by protected areas, such as Parque Estadual Turistico do Alto Ribeira, which is home to Atlantic rainforest, over 350 caves, mountains, valleys, waterfalls, crystal clear waters, caves, lush flora and fauna.
Campos do Jordao
This is Sao Paulo’s main mountain resort town that is 167 km (103 miles) from the city of Sao Paulo. It is located in the Serra da Mantiqueira range at an elevation of 1,628 meters (5,600 ft). The town looks like southern a town from Germany with hills and fachwerk houses.
This city is Sao Paulo’s peach and strawberry capital. In the winter it hosts a stawberry festival, selling everything from stawbery jam to stawberry liquors. The city is also a popular place to go hang-gliding or paragliding from the platforms of the Pedra Grande.
This small village was built in the 1860s by British railroaders and sits at an elevation of 800 meters (2,500 ft). Paranapiacaba, which means “Sea View” in the Tupi-Guarani language, was the last station on the Jundiai-Santos line before the breathtaking plunge down the Great Escarpment into the coastal city of Santos.
Coastal Towns & Cities
Santos is a costal city located on the island of Sao Vicente in the state of Sao Paulo. It is considered the most important and biggest seaports in Brazil. Santos handles a large portion of the world’s coffee exports and also many other Brazilian exports such as oranges, bananas and cotton. Santos is where football (soccer) legend Pele had his beginnings and there are exhibits dedicated to him and other great players of the city.
Sitting on the the neighboring island across from Santos, is one of the the main beach towns for residents of Sao Paulo. Guaruja has many excellent beaches and a very active nightlife full of bars, clubs and restaurants.
This beach town has a wide stretch of beach of grayish-brown sand that fills up with people from all over Sao Paulo during Brazil’s summer months.
Peruibe is beach town that has a good nature reserve called Parque da Jureia, featuring pristine beaches, and where you can hike and see waterfalls. The town also the ruins of what has been identified as the first church to be built anywhere in Brazil, constructed of clay and stone by the Jesuits in the 16th century.
A couple of cities in the northern part of the state are worth a visit (if you are passing that way).
Campinas is located 100 km (60 miles) from the city of Sao Paulo and is the third largest city in the state of Sao Paulo, with a population of around 3.5 million people. Like any other big city, it has restaurants, hotels, parks, malls, and an active nightlife.
this town was settled by Confederates fleeing the southern states of the United States after the Civil War (1861-1865). Many came here for cheap land and the fact that slave labor was still legal in Brazil during that time.