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Guaratingueta - I know this is a long shot!

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Guaratingueta - I know this is a long shot!

We'll be there for four days soon, and sadly the weather forecast is saying: rain rain rain every day.

Does anyone have any suggestions for things to do there, or nearby?

We've already done: SP city itself, Santos, Campos do Jordao, Rio, Paraty, and Ilhabela.

Any other ideas? Anything interesting (perhaps even indoors lol) in the vicinity?

Thanks!

São Paulo
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1. Re: Guaratingueta - I know this is a long shot!

Maybe Visconde de Mauá, up in the mountains - probably a 2h drive or so...

Aberdeen, United...
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2. Re: Guaratingueta - I know this is a long shot!

Would it be nice even in rain? What's the main things to do there?

Thanks :)

São Paulo
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3. Re: Guaratingueta - I know this is a long shot!

Just saw this now - with rain, I am afraid there's not much else than the fireplace/sleeping option there...

Sao Paulo, SP
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4. Re: Guaratingueta - I know this is a long shot!

Hi Dan1113, I've been to Paraty and Sao José dos Campos in the same situation as you and I have to say that wheather forecast is often mistaken in this region. It's convenient to have a B plan but maybe it doesn't even rain.

São Paulo, Brazil
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5. Re: Guaratingueta - I know this is a long shot!

My suggestion is to spend some time in the neighbouring town of Lorena. It is smaller than Guaratinguetá but has a lot to offer the tourist, mainly historic buildings and spectacular views of the mountains. There is also a flower exhibition and, a few miles out of town towards Piquete there are some farmhouses where you can go horse riding and drink milk taken directly from the cow. Between Guaratinguetá (known locally as "Guará" for understandable reasons) and Lorena there is the Clube dos 500, a club with restaurant and golf course, and also O Paturi, one of the few Brazilian restaurants specialised in duck. In Lorena itself, you can get a good and reasonably priced meal at the Battagini.

You could even make Lorena the centre of your trip (two good hotels: Olympia and Dom Flat Service) - the city is small and can be explored on foot, also has easy access to:

NORTHBOUND:

Cruzeiro - a city with historical significance, having been the seat of battles in the 1932 Revolution; starting point to visit Passa Quatro, a sleepy town in the mountains where you can ride a steam train (30 km to Cruzeiro, then up the hill to Passa Quatro)

Itatiaia - a town from which you can go to Penedo (considered the "Brazilian Finland") and Barão de Mauá (60 km to Itatiaia, then up the hill to Penedo)

Tropeiros Highway (SP-066): a road running through towns that were once rich with the coffee boom, now largely abandoned; good ecotourism opportunities. Cities: Silveiras, São João do Barreiro, Bananal (20 km to turnoff, then a fair distance to Bananal, the last city)

SOUTHBOUND:

Guaratinguetá - the city of Friar Galvão, considered Brazil's first saint (18 km)

Aparecida - interesting only if you are Roman Catholic or like churches. It's the largest Catholic church after the Vatican (25 km)

Pindamonhangaba - starting point for the train to Campos do Jordão (40 km)

Taubaté - old town, birthplace of Brazilian writer Monteiro Lobato; also road access to Campos do Jordão; access to São Luiz do Paraitinga with its local culture and then Ubatuba with its beaches - road very dangerous after São Luiz (60 km)

São José dos Campos - the biggest town in the region (100 km)

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