Special Touristic Attractions

São Luiz do Paraitinga

Ecoturismo Aventura Esportes Religioso Rural Saúde Gastronomia Cultural

History, extreme sports, tradition and religiousness

On the banks of the river that lends its name to the town, São Luiz do Paraitinga is home to the greatest architectonic heritage from colonial times in São Paulo state, inherited from gold cycle and the coffee cycle in the 19th century. 

The town is also famous for its traditional street carnival, which attracts thousands of tourists every year, with traditional songs and gigantic dolls manufactured by local artisans. 

The Divino Festival, which takes place yearly 50 days after Easter, on  Pentecost’s Day, features groups of typical dances such as moçambiques, jongo and congadas, along with processions, prayers and masses.

In the Serra do Mar state park, Núcleo Santa Virgínia offers six ecological trails, in addition to rafting, the only place in the state where this can be done inside a forest reservation. Ecotourism also includes horseback riding, mountain-biking, tree, adventure park, rappel and waterfalls. 

Main attractions

Serra do Mar State Park, Rafting down Paraibuna River, Seven Waterfalls Trail, Local Luau, Handicraft Workshop, Historic Center, Oswaldo Cruz House. 

Main events

Traditional Street Carnival (February/March), Divino Feast and Arraiá do Chi Pul Pul (June), Brazilian Song Wiki (September), Saci Festival (October).

Services

City Hall: www.saoluizdoparaitinga.sp.gov.br

Tourist Office: (55 + 12) 3671-1672

Getting there

São Luiz do Paraitinga is 187 km from São Paulo.

Car: Ayrton Senna-Carvalho Pinto System (SP-070) or Via Dutra until you reach Taubaté and then take Rodovia Oswaldo Cruz (SP-125).

Bus:

Pássaro Marron (to Taubaté) - www.passaromarron.com.br - Phone: 0800-2853047

Pássaro Marron buses depart from Terminal Rodoviário Tietê (São Paulo - SP). 

Then from Taubaté to São Luiz do Paraitinga: Viação São José - Phone: (55 + 12) 3629-2684.

Hotels and Restaurants

Accommodation

Pousada Vila Verde - Rua Benfica, 63 - (55 + 12) 36711720 / (55 + 12) 9716-1156 - reservas@vilaverdeparaitinga.com.br - www.vilaverdeparaitinga.com.br

Pousada Villa Parahytinga Rua Coronel Domingues de Castro, 54 - (55 + 12) 36711171 / (55 + 12) 9224-8888 - contato@pousadavillaparahytinga.com.br - www.pousadavillaparahytinga.com.br

Pousada Sertão das Cotias Rodovia Oswaldo Cruz, Km 42,5 - (55 + 12) 3671-1318 - contato@pousadasertaodascotias.com.br - www.pousadasertaodascotias.com.br

Pousada Nativa’s Rua Capitão Antonio Carlos, 48 - (55 + 12) 3671-2643 - pousadanativas@paraitinga.com.br - www.pousadanativas.com.br

Pousada Primavera Via de acesso Renato Aguiar, 400 - (55 + 12) 3671-1289 - contato@primaverapousada.com.br - www.primaverapousada.com.br

Pousada Quinta das Amoreiras - (55 + 12) 9603-9861 -  reservas@pousadaquintadasamoreiras.com.br  -  www.pousadaquintadasamoreiras.com.br

Pousada Eco Refúgio das 7 Cachoeiras - Rodovia Dr. Oswaldo Cruz, Km 46 - Distrito de Catuçaba, Km 2 from Estrada do Pinga - (55 + 12) 3671-6201 / (55 + 11) 9609-0509 - refugio@trilhadas7cachoeiras.com.br - www.trilhadas7cachoeiras.com.br/

Dining

Restaurante Cantinho dos Amigos - Rua Cel. Domingues de Castro, 10 - (55 + 12) 3671-1466

Restaurante Canto da Praça - Rua 31 de Março - Calçadão, 07 - (55 + 12) 3671-1343

Restaurante Sabor Caipira Rua Monsenhor Ignacio Gióia, 380 - (55 + 12) 3671-2169

Restaurante Santa Terezinha - Rua Coronel Domingues de Castro, 64 - (55 + 12) 3671-1714

Restaurante Sol Nascente - Largo das Mercês, 21 - (55 + 12) 3671-1400

Restaurante Tempero da TerraRua Cel. Domingues de Castro, 178 - (55 + 12) 3671-1574

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