Fill your lungs with fresh air. Excite your senses with and explore the native flora and impressive views.
Gateway to the jungle.
The real entrance to the city's Atlantic jungle can be found in the renowned Serra da Cantareira, 10 kilometres from São Paulo. Prepare to breathe in its fresh air and see the indigenous flora. This area owes its name to the mule drivers from the 16th and 17th centuries, who carried their objects and water in jars placed in 'cantareiras' on the backs of mules. It also forms part of the Biosphere Reserve declared by UNESCO and has some restrictions regarding what activities are permitted inside; you are not allowed to rollerblade, light campfires or bathe in the tempting rivers and waterfalls that you will encounter on your way. The Park offers themed paths of various difficulties and a Visitors Centre which explains the early trade and livestock in the area. If you are travelling with children, you can enjoy the children's park and an interesting observatory of birds and reptiles.