São Paulo

Active travelers will appreciate São Paulo’s wide range of outdoor activities – the state offers everything from canoeing, canyoning and caving to horseback riding, rock climbing, and scuba diving.

Day Trips from São Paulo


The town of Brotas is an oasis for ecotourists. Contact tour operator Eco Açao to set up activities like trekking, horseback riding, canyoning, and rafting.

Eco Açao, 150 miles from São Paulo, www.ecoacao.com.br
Tags: hiking | biking | outdoors | day trip | horseback riding

Guarapiranga Golf & Country Club

Golf, which is growing in Brazil, owes its popularity to the large Japanese expatriate community. Most clubs are private, but visitors can get starting times at the rainforest-situated Guarapiranga course.

Estrada do Jaceguava, 011-55-11-5922-1000, www.guarapirangagolf.com.br
Tags: golf | day trip

São Sebastião

Head to the state’s north coast for 62 miles of sun-kissed beaches.

134 miles from São Paulo, www.saosebastiao.sp.gov.br
Tags: beach | day trip

Serra da Cantareira

It’s hard to believe, but this lush, green forest is within city limits. Come here to walk, bike, or horseback ride.

Haras Cantareira, 30 minutes by car from downtown São Paulo, 011-55-11-4485-1244, www.harascantareira.com.br
Tags: hiking | biking | outdoors | day trip | horseback riding

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