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São Paulo: Cantareira Natural Park hiking in the Rain Forest

1. São Paulo: Cantareira Natural Park hiking in the Rain Forest

After pickup from São Paulo, drive to Cantareira Natural Park. Your tour guide will provide an introduction about the park and explain. Visit the park’s main camp, where there is a fauna interpretation center and a model of the Cantareira Mountains. After a safety briefing, start the first hiking route called the Macuco Trail. Learn about the species of fauna and flora of the rainforest as you go. Continue to the Waterfall Trail where you will cross the Engordador River at several different points. Make a stop for photos and a refreshing swim at 2 different natural pools created by waterfalls. After the hike, visit the Cantareira Dam, which used to control the water supply for São Paulo city. See the old machines and hydraulic pump house, and admire the scenery from the viewpoint. The tour ends with some free time to take photos and enjoy the peaceful rainforest scenery, before driving back to São Paulo.

São Paulo: Atlantic Forest Hike in Jaraguá Park with Picnic

2. São Paulo: Atlantic Forest Hike in Jaraguá Park with Picnic

Get picked up from the city and enjoy a 40-minute drive to Jaraguá State Park. When you arrive, follow your private guide along a shaded path to reach 2 separate lookouts giving you 360-degree views of São Paulo. Breathe in the fresh air of the Atlantic Forest while you trek along the 3.6-kilometer trail. Look out for capuchin monkeys, toucans, sloths, and marmosets bouncing around the trees as you hike through the lush landscape. As the trail comes to an end, take your time to complete the challenge of walking up to the summit. Experience the reward of ascending the concrete staircase with 242 steps and take some breathtaking pictures from the top.

São Paulo Private Half Day Ecotour

3. São Paulo Private Half Day Ecotour

In this nature adventure outside São Paulo, you may choose between two different trails. The Jaraguá Peak trail includes the Jaraguá Peak, the highest mountain in São Paulo. The trail is approximately 2 kilometers long and leads to the top of this hill, located about 1,150 meters above sea level. On the Cantareira State Park trail, you can walk about 3 kilometers up the mountain to Pedra Grande, where you will have one of the best panoramic views of the city of São Paulo. No matter what choice you have, you can see the biome of the Atlantic Forest, one of the richest and most diverse on the planet. This forest is home to different species of monkeys, the raccoon-like Coati and toucans with green beaks.

From São Paulo: Private Tour of Atlantic Forest & Valleys

4. 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: Cantareira State Park Hiking Day Trip

5. From São Paulo: Cantareira State Park Hiking Day Trip

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.

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What people are saying about São Paulo

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

A very well organized visit. Our guide Fabio was very friendly and considerate. The landscapes are splendid and our efforts on the climb are more than rewarded by a 360 degree view of Sao Paulo which is magnificent. Crossing the forest will give you the opportunity - with a little luck (which we had) - to observe several families of monkeys. To do absolutely if you go to Sao Paulo.

Luis our guide was an incredible individual, with exceptional good humor and charming character. He really made our experience special, not to mention the drive to an amazing coffee shop we got after finishing our hike

The guide was extremely knowledgeable. Enjoyed the hike very much.