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Itirapina: the new discovery of rural tourism in the interior of São Paulo

Belonging to the Tourist Circuit of Serra de Itaqueri, Itirapina is a nice little town in the interior that is cozy and full of natural resources. Located 214 kilometers from the city of São Paulo, what is not lacking there are good attractions. Ecotourism lovers will be crazy to discover that a single destination houses more than 20 waterfalls of different sizes and waterfalls.

In addition, the city is also known for its rich rural tourism. Stunning farms, abundant fauna and flora covered by the well preserved cerrado of São Paulo complete the beautiful landscapes. On the country roads, you can come across wolves of guarás, couples of seriemas and quercers, or with groups of monkeys, maritacas and toucans. Another bird abundant in the region is the woodpecker.

Boat trips, kayaking and artisanal fishing can be done at the Broa dam, the cleanest and most beautiful in southeastern Brazil.

Waterfalls, pleasant weather, hiking trails, belvederes, historic farms and villages and a rich and diverse cuisine complete what we can call the “perfect destination”.

Its easy access allows people from various regions of the state to visit Itirapina, and even the adventurers can explore it. The city is in the heart of the state of São Paulo and is well served by great highways.

Although the municipality is still walking to structure itself touristy, it is worth knowing and staying in one of the most complete resorts of São Paulo. The Broa Golf Resort offers an enviable structure with security and a delicious freshwater beach. There are almost 400 meters of exclusive beach, golf course, water sports, swimming pools and a great recreation team. In addition, the hotel offers differentiated cuisine, mixing international and regional dishes with a touch of glamor.

Indigenous peoples inhabited Serra do Itaqueri

Itirapina (“Morro Pelado” in Tupi) grew from an ancient settlement of the seventeenth century. Indigenous people from the Tupi and Jê trunk, mainly those who lived there in the time of the first bandeirantes expeditions, from the coast and towards the interior, to explore natural riches and to hunt and commercialize indigenous people. The few reports of travelers and other records of the time reveal small and scattered properties that survived subsistence agriculture.

The effective occupation occurred only in the nineteenth century. The construction of the chapel of Our Lady of the Conception began in 1839. But despite these records, the city only celebrates its foundation year from 1935 (now 82 years old), when it acquired the status of municipality, encompassing the district of Itaqueri , which is 30 kilometers from the city center. Itaqueri (Tupi River) was a small village of Portuguese settlers, one of the stops of the caravans that went from Mogi-Mirim to Araraquara in the 18th century.

One of his illustrious residents was Deputy Ulysses Guimarães. Historic buildings depict the past, such as the house where the politician was born in 1916, and the Church of Our Lady of the Conception, which has an image of the carved oak carved from the Island of Madeira by the first settlers. The church is small, but full of images and mosaics.

Enjoy the best of nature

Another attraction is the highways where cyclists cut the winding roads of the region to practice cycling, an activity that has been growing exponentially in the region and mainly in the interior of the municipality. On some weekends, the Itirapina roads bring together over a thousand cyclists, all in search of beautiful scenery and fresh air.

The Mirante das Águas and Morro do Fogão are other natural options for fun in Itirapina. In its 22 thousand square meters, the viewpoint houses the Monjolinho waterfalls with 12 meters, the Ferradura with 47 meters and the most famous, the Saltão, with a drop of 75 meters. There are also hiking trails, camping area, cottages, restaurant and a small leisure structure with pool and playground. Visitors can opt for two ways to get to the great fall: watching it from the entrance of the concierge, or down a staircase of 400 steps. Believe me, it’s worth it!

Also visit the waterfalls of São José, Passa Cinco and Itaqueri, which are beautiful and well preserved. There are still 15 more falls that are not explored by tourism. Many waterfalls in Itirapina have made the fame of St. Peter and Brotas, and now the city works intensely to highlight them in the state and international scene.

The Experimental Station belongs to the state government with public use area with health track, trails, dam and large green area. is in the street eight village santa cruz. Popularly known as Fazendinha.

How to get
Leaving the capital, by car, take the Rodovia dos Bandeirantes and then enter Washington Luis Highway, passing through Rio Claro and Corumbataí. Then take the access to Itirapina. They are more than 10 kilometers until you reach the city.