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From São Paulo: Aparecida Cathedral Tour

1. From São Paulo: Aparecida Cathedral Tour

After pickup from your hotel in São Paulo at 7:30 AM, begin your tour of one of the most important religious sites in South America. Approaching the city of Aparecida, you’ll make a stop at the Itaguaçu Port to learn the history of the Virgin Mary statue to which the Aparecida Cathedral is dedicated. Found by fishermen in the 18th century, the miracles surrounding the statue quickly caused the city to become an important site of religious pilgrimage. In 1955, plans for the cathedral were unveiled, and it was consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1980. After leaving the Itaguaçu port, you’ll head to Aparecida’s historic center for a tour of the cathedral. Walk the immense grounds before heading into the basilica itself, marveling at the nearly 250-foot-tall dome and sprawling main hall, capable of holding 30,000 parishioners. See the original Virgin Mary statue, and watch the spectacle that is the church’s mass. After your tour, enjoy some free time to explore the town, grab a bite to eat, or view the nativity exhibition on Olive Trees Mountain. Afterwards, you’ll be driven back to your accommodation.

Santos: 7-hour Complete Shared City Tour - Main City Sights

2. Santos: 7-hour Complete Shared City Tour - Main City Sights

Discover the wonders of Santos on a 7-hour city tour. There is plenty to see, do, and explore in the city, which is famous for its beaches, tropical climate, and wide variety of tourist attractions. Meet your friendly bilingual guide for the day at either Santos Seaport or the Municipal Aquarium, then set out onto the vibrant streets of Santos for the tour expedition. Start the tour with an exploration of Porchat Island, then enjoy a 45-minute visit to the colorful Botanical Gardens. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, take an hour for lunch in Santos before heading to the popular Monte Serrat. Throughout the journey, listen to your guide share fascinating stories and insight into each of the landmarks, as well as Santos’ history, culture, and traditions. After an hour at Mount Serrat, enjoy a quick visit to the iconic Pelé Museum and the Shrine of St. Anthony of Valongo. From there, head to the Coffee Museum for a 40-minute tour to learn about the history of Brazilian coffee and its production. At the end of an unforgettable day, relax on the return journey to the tour meeting point or an alternate location of your choice along the way.

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

3. 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: Full-Day Guided City Tour from the Port of Santos

4. São Paulo: Full-Day Guided City Tour from the Port of Santos

You’ll begin your tour by being picked up as soon as you disembark your cruise ship, enjoying a private transfer to São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city. The route of your journey will be a memorable one, traveling on Serra do Mar road alongside a pristine forest reserve. Once in São Paulo, you’ll first start by visiting the downtown area, the Liberdade neighborhood, where the Japanese settled in São Paulo at the beginning of the 20th century. Your next stop will be a prominent municipal market in town, the best place to get in touch with a whole range of local products and to learn something about São Paulo culture and gastronomy. After this, you'll pass by the renowned Paulista Avenue, located in one of the city’s bustling financial districts before stopping off at Ibirapuera Park, an area of lush greenery spanning 158 hectares that was inaugurated in 1954. When the tour finishes, you’ll be driven back to the port of Santos.

Santos: Local Highlights Private Tour

5. Santos: Local Highlights Private Tour

The city of Santos has the largest port in Latin America, which comes complete with a beautifully restored historic center. Another major highlight of the city is the largest beach garden in the world, which was recorded in the Guinness Book of Records at 5,335 meters long. The sights listed below are suggestions of activities to do and sights to see in Santos. The actual tour can be personalized by your guide according to your preferences and available time. Sights and activities that you can see are: • Santos Beach • A coffee museum • Mount Serrat • Porchat Island • Santos Stadium • The Pelé Museum • The Botanical Garden • A tram tour • The Cathedral • The Aquarium • The fishing museum • The cable car and paraglider

Santos: Private 8-hour São Paulo Overview

6. Santos: Private 8-hour São Paulo Overview

This tour is designed to be totally flexible, featuring a broad range of possible sights to see, activities to do, or topics to explore in São Paulo based on your interests and available time. You can either follow your guide's suggested itinerary, or just select specific sights focusing more on culture, history, and social-economic aspects of the city and Brazil. Also on offer to immerse yourself in are the topics of local architecture, street art, local crafts and design, fashion, photography, business, sports, LGBTQ culture, nature, and religion. Alternatively, you can go shopping, uncover local gastronomy, and engage in local art. Your guide will be at your disposal throughout your entire experience.  Some suggested sites include Ibirapuera Park, Obelisk, the Bandeiras Monument, the Assembly Seat, the Contemporary Art Museum, the Liberdade Neighborhood, the Sé Cathedral, and the Brooklin neighborhood, among many more.

Sao Paulo: City Highlights and LGBTQIA+ Scene Private Tour

7. Sao Paulo: City Highlights and LGBTQIA+ Scene Private Tour

São Paulo is known for making the biggest LGBTIA+ Parade in the WORLD and is at the forefront when it comes to gay-friendly tourism. In addition, the city is a pioneer in many affirmative actions that brought it an excellent reputation being recognized as one of the 30 cities in the world with the Rainbow City seal, for being friendly to the LGBTQIA+ population. The city is friendly not only during gay pride parade, but also throughout the whole year, especially in alternative city areas, gay bars, clubs, attractions, and open-minded establishments. There is nothing more pleasant than being welcomed well in the destination. Much better if it's by an expert local gay-friendly guide who will ensure you have an exciting and safe experience. This tour is designed to be totally flexible. Take full advantage of the one-on-one experience customizing your day or nighttime on a private tour. Explore the local gay scene or just visit São Paulo’s major attractions having an overview of it.

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What people are saying about State of São Paulo

The day trip with Renato was an amazing experience. He was very professional and knowledgeable. He patiently showed me around parts of the country I would have never managed to enjoy or discover on my own. Most importantly it did not feel like a history lesson, but he communicated an engaging story connecting the past and the present. Everything was simply perfect and tailored around my interests and curiosities.

A spectacular day!

Luiz Henrique, an extremely friendly guide, the visit was fun, all the landscapes are beautiful, it is very worthwhile. The food and coffee are exquisite. Thank you very much Luiz for an incredible experience.

it was a very fun and interesting tour and we had a great guide Marie she was very friendly and very informative.

Good and competent guide. Has responded to requests and was very helpful