Days Out: Countryside

Protected area of natural beauty in Sao Paulo. Bio-diverse area which now has sustainable tourism in the form of education and adventurous activities.
Cidade das Abelhas
"City of the bees" In the Atlantic forest. Bee farm where bees can be seen at work. Honey for sale, gigantic bee for children to climb. 10 minutes from the center of Embu, Km 7, estrada da Ressaca, Embu. Tuesday to Sunday 08:30-17:00.
Our Lady of the Apparition Chapel - Sao Pedro
Perched on top of the highest hill in Sao Pedro (with great views) is the Swiss-style 18th Century Capela Nossa Senhora Aparecida (Our Lady of the Apparition Chapel). Rua Izaura de Algodoal Mauro, Jardim Porangaba. Weekends 13:00-17:00. Free.
Unique horse riding experience in the heart of coffee plantation country, The Jequitiba trails are from 1 to 7 days long and travel between Brazilian farmhouses. Cavalgadas de Lua Cheia (50km from Sao Paulo).
EcoAcao Turismo
Adventure tourism in Brotas 170 Km outside of Sao Paulo. Outdoor activities have trained instructors and include: river rafting, trekking and bike rides. Website is in English. Rua Mario Pinotti, 205 -17380-000.
Freeway Brazil
Eco-friendly excursions and holidays, eco-tourist destinations within Brazil and South America. Amazon lodges, tropical islands, famous beaches. Disabled holidays, South American tours. Located at Rua Capitao Cavalcanti, 322.
Igreja Matriz de Sant´Anna
Built in the same square as Casa do Anhanguera in 1610. Altar with gold-plated leaf detail and terra-cotta sculputres. Largo da Matriz, Santana de Parnaiba. Daily 08:00-17:00. Free.
Spa Baths - Aguas de Sao Pedro
Balneario Municipal Dr. Octavia Moura Andrade has spa baths fed from natural springs. Swimming pool and sauna, massage and beauty treatments. Av. Carlos Mauro, Sao Pedro, Sao Paulo. Monday to Sunday 07:00-18:00.
Morro do Elefante
"The Elephant Hill" one of the highest points in Campos do Jordao at 5,850 feet can be accessed from a chair-lift and affords spectacular views. Av. Jose Oliveira Damas, Campos do Jordao. Tuesday to Friday 13:00-17:00, weekends 09:00-17:30.
Pesqueiro Cantareira
Fresh water fishing in rustic surroundings, restaurant and parking. Av. Luiz Carlos Gentil de Laert, 2500 Santana - Horto. (Inside the SABESP club, in the North zone of Sao Paulo)
Thermas Water Park
11 outdoor swimming pools, 8 water slides and a small farm with farmyard animals. Km 189, SP 304. Monday to Sunday 08:00-18:00.
Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario
Historic old church built in 1690 containing images of saints and sacred-art objects. Largo dos Jesuitas 67, Embu (27km West of Sao Paulo). Tuesday to Sunday 09:00-17:00.
The Sao Paulo Country Club
Childrens tennis, mini-golf, horseriding lessons, volley ball school and mountain biking trails. Membership required through recommendation of existing member. Located at Praca Rockford, 28, Sao Paulo.
Champs Prives Residence, Country & Golf Club
Green fees can be paid by visitors on arrival, 9 hole golf course. Rua dos Jacarandás, 100 Bairro Pacu Arcado, São Paulo, 13230-000 Campo Limpo Paulista
Sakura Holiday Travel
Travel agents who arrange exclusive itineraries and themed trips which include fishing, historic and religious tourism. Located at Rua Galvao Bueno, 33 - 7th floor - room 71.
Palacio Boa Vista
"Good View Palace" is the official Winter residence of Sao Paulo´s state Governor. Paintings from famous Brazilian artists like Di Cavalcanti. Av. Dr. Adhemar de Barros 3001. Wednesday, Thursday, weekends 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-17:00.
Horse Riding - Sao Pedro
Bosque Municipal Dr. Octavio Moura Andrade in Sao Pedro offers horse-riding treks through wooded hill-sides. Horses can be rented by the half-hour. Av. Carlos Mauro, Sao Pedro. Monday to Sunday 07:00-17:00.
Amantikir Garden
17 landscaped gardens with cafeterias and a gardening course workshop. Bird watching center. English speaking guides available. Estrada Paulo Costa Lenz Cesar, km 2.8. Campos do Jordao. Daily from 09:00-22:00.
Pedra do Bau
6,400 foot high rocks at the center of an eco-park with horseback riding, canopy walking, trekking, mountain climbing. Some activities only weekends. Km 25, estrada Sao Bento do Sapucai. Wednesday to Sunday 09:00-18:00.
Hotel Fazenda Dona Carolina - Itatiba
Hotel with old Portuguese colonial architecture. International Cuisine, swimming pool, horse-riding, fishing. Website is in English. 86 km from Sao Paulo.
Horto Florestal
Play ground for monkeys, squirrels and parrots. Trout filled lakes and rivers, waterfalls and nature trails amongst Brazilian pine trees. Av. Pedro Paulo, km 13. Campos do Jordao. Daily 08:00-17:00.
Museu Casa do Anhanguera
The second oldest house in Sao Paulo state was built in 1600 in Santana de Parnaiba (42km North West of Sao Paulo) Objects and furniture from the past 409 years. Largo da Matriz, 9. Weekdays 08:00-16:30, weekends 11:00-17:00.
Gol Tour
Day trips from Sao Paulo to the countryside and to the coast. Guided trips within Sao Paulo City. Av. Sao Luis, 187 - Terreo LJ. 08 Centro.