Parque Estadual da Cantareira

Parque Estadual da Cantareira

Parque Estadual da Cantareira
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Rising out of the northern frontier of the city and boasting more than 8,000 hectares of unspoiled Atlantic coastal forest, the verdant Parque Estadual da Cantareira (Cantareira State Park) offers rustic hiking trails, swimmable lakes, birdwatching and breathtaking views of the sprawling city below. Next door is the Horto Florestal, the one-time summer mansion of São Paulo state governors, and the monument to the Tropic of Capricorn, which runs through the park.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Erik F
Sao Paulo, SP179 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2011 • Couples
If you want to see one of the best views of the city of São Paulo you must go to the famous Serra da Cantareira. You can go inside the Cantareira State Park and walk about 3 kilometers up the mountain. There is a resting area at the top called Pedra Grande (Big Rock) which you can see one of the greatest views of São Paulo.
Tips:
1 - Don't forget your camera, you are gonna love to take some pics.
2 - Take a water bottle with you because it's a long walk up to the top (3 km)
3 - Use confortable clothes and shoes.
Written January 5, 2012
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margarete p
Sao Paulo, SP333 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It´s completely worthwhile going there! Few people can imagine there is such a jungle in the biggest city of South Hemispher! Just go buy bus! It´s well preserved and seem to be well policed. Of course, since it´s a forest, most of it is not open to public, but there are many paths you can go around, always surrounded by tall trees, noisy monkeys, birds... And there is a beautiful view to the city!
Written February 7, 2013
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nanahls
Copenhagen, Denmark16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Family
Great option for a day hike and to see nature while still in SP.
The park has 3 entrances and 4 trails. The 2 main trails are accessible through the main entrance and go to Pedra Grande (with a great view of the city - 6Km total) and a lagoon called "Lagoa das Carpas" (9km total). These two are steep trails but with with well maintained paths. The other two are flat and will take you to two waterfalls. The guides suggest to go on Saturdays and early in the morning, when it's not so busy. Park opens at 8am.
Written February 18, 2016
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Molnar71
Toronto, Canada81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
Despite being a little of the beaten track, it´s a great place to spend a Saturday or a Sunday morning in a big forest inside Sao Paulo. There are good and well preserved trails, lots of photo opportunities with monkeys, tropical flora and a nice view of Sao Paulo from above. If you want to avoid crowds, it´s better to visit on Saturdays mornings. If you decide to go all the way to the top of Pedra Grande trail, keep in mind that it´s a steep trail but it´s not so difficult. You will meet people of all ages doing this trail.
Written October 7, 2013
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fveit
Stuttgart, Germany46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Friends
Despite a bit far from downtown Sao Paulo, being located in the extreme north of great Sao Paulo (around 45 minutes with no traffic) 'Serra da Cantareira' as the paulistas call is a great and multifaceted place where you can see Sao Paulo city from the top (700mt high more or less). In a sunny day you can go there to walk in the nature and perhaps watch the monkeys in the forest. It is a great place for off-road trails and many eco-activities. At night specially in the winter (between june and august) there are many restaurants alongside the road in which you can have a nice fundue. 'As Veia' or 'O Velhao' is an antique-style complex with a gallery selling arts and restaurants being one of them with a great pizza (sorry I don't recall the name but once you are there is easy to see). Be careful at night if you are driving because the road is tiny, very dark and not well maintened being some parts extremelly dangerous. If you are in Sao Paulo city centre or south (Itaim, Morumbi, Brooklin, etc), a taxi just for one leg will cost you around US$ 120 (if the driver accepts going there). One alternative is to go to Santana subway station and take a cab from there for 1/4 of this price.
Written March 4, 2013
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Lucas10demais
14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Friends
If you want to enjoy a nice and light walking, you can visit this park. From the top, in clear days, you may a have a great view of all this concrete jungle always surrounded by mountains. It may take between one or two hours to reach the top depending on your fitness. You can grab some snacks up there. Make sure you walk the trail through the forest instead of going to the top by car, its funnier, healthier and worth the effort.
Written September 9, 2013
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Andrea A
Sao Paulo, SP37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Couples
The place is very beautiful, has paved road and dirt. At the park entrance has a map showing the trails within the park. Recommend to take your food and drink to picnic, because at the end of the trail has a grassy area, wooden tables, and children's toys outdoors, really cool!! It is an ideal place for couples, family, friends ...
Written August 8, 2013
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Cecilia RoblesGil
Dubai, United Arab Emirates41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Excellent place for a very nice view of the city. You just have to be prepared for a 4km hike on paved road, first you get to Pedra Grande, you can take some food and have a picnic there, and afterwards go to the lake nearby, another 1.5km walk but it is worth it.
Written January 19, 2013
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Carlos_H_Ismerio
Sao Paulo, SP86 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Friends
This is an excellent option to see and feel nature and put your aerobic condition back in shape in a few hours. Roundtrip (Base/Top/Base) is about 10Km on a few very inclined paved roads where motorized vehicles and bicycles are not allowed. Or else, you can chose to zig-zag the park through the tracks you see on the side of the main road. It will take a good 2 to 3 hours to get to the top, when you actually feel how worth was all the physical effort and energy burned. The almost 180 degrees view of the city from this humongous rock is amazing... great time to take off your shoes and touch nature at its best...

I would not recommend this attraction if you are not in good physical condition. There are some really inclined and long paths to walk.
Written August 15, 2012
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Kittenpatrol
Sao Paulo, SP16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Couples
If you want to take some fresh air, meet old subtropical trees, small wild animals like bugio (type of monkey) and iguanas, and also have a big sight of São Paulo city, that´s the place to go.
The tracks inside this park are good and walking there restores our energy levels. Relaxing, fun and amusing for less than 10 reais !
Written August 1, 2012
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