São Paulo Nature & adventure

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São Paulo: 20-Minute Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

1. São Paulo: 20-Minute Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

Your aviation adventure begins at Campo de Marte Helipad with a safety briefing before you board the helicopter and set off for a bird's eye view tour of São Paulo. As you fly over this vibrant city, admire unforgettable panoramic views of the landscape below and appreciate this truly unique experience. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to marvel at the valleys, buildings, and iconic landmarks of the city from the skies. On this magnificent adventure, enjoy the unique opportunity to fly over the beloved city of São Paulo aboard a wonderful Robinson helicopter. From the sky, see the main city sights including Sé Cathedral, the Ipiranga Museum, Paulista Avenue, Ibirapuera Park, the Municipal Theater, Luz Station, the Municipal Market, Pacaembu Stadium, the Anhangabaú Valley, the Copam Building and much more.

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

2. 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.

São Paulo: Atlantic Forest Hike in Jaraguá Park with Picnic

3. 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

4. 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.

São Paulo: Street Art Bike Tour

5. São Paulo: Street Art Bike Tour

Your bike tour starts at Vila Madalena, a bohemian neighborhood in São Paulo. You will follow until the Largo da Batata, an area full of bars and urban art and will leave for the famous Avenida Faria Lima, a business center surrounded of modern buildings. After to cross the bike lane of the avenue, you will arrive at the Parque Ibirapuera, postcard of the city that exhibits the heading of bigger green area of São Paulo. In the Park, you will know the buildings designed by the famous architect Oscar Niemeyer, as the Bienal, the Auditorium, and the Afro-Brazil museum. You will cover calm forests, take a walk for the best points around the lake, and also visit some hidden corners, that can surprise you, and yield good photos to boost your social media (if wish to). On the way back to our starting point (at the Hostel), we will cross the Jardins neighborhood, a quiet area with mansions and lots of green area, and leave for our last stop, which will be at Beco do Batman, an outdoors urban art gallery, wih murals made by renowned artists from the city's graffiti scene, and one of the most visited places in São Paulo.

Walk to the Big Rock in Cantareira State Park

6. Walk to the Big Rock in Cantareira State Park

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.

São Paulo: Cantareira Natural Park hiking in the Rain Forest

7. 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.

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

8. 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.

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What are the best day trips and excursions from São Paulo?

The best day trips and excursions from São Paulo are:

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What people are saying about São Paulo

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 42 reviews

The team was just great. We got a lot of information about the country and the hike was very impressive and adventurous. We would like to thank you very much. Bridget and Matthew

We were completely satisfied with the detailed expert information . The tour was just fantastic and we had a lot of fun. We would like to thank Birgit and Matthias

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

Very well organized. Guide Luiz was excellent. Highly recommend to others.,

Amazing service from start to finish from all the staff and pilots.