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Pedra Grande (Big Rock)
Standing 1,418 meters high, the mountain of Pedra Grande is famous for its views across São Paulo. It also forms the centerpiece of the world’s largest native urban forest—Cantareira State Park (Parque Estadual da Cantareira). 

In the north of the city, Pedra Grande (which translates to “Big Rock”) is a playground for hang gliding, paragliding, climbing, camping, hiking, motocross, BMX, and ATVing. Due to high quartz levels, it’s also a hotspot for dowsers and crystal healing enthusiasts.

Visitors can walk to the top of the Pedra Grande via one of several short trails between 1.5 and 3 kilometers. This is a popular way to spot some of Brazil’s exotic wildlife including harpy eagles, red-tailed Amazon, black-fronted piping guan, and the ubiquitous howler monkey. And the longest trail runs 9.5 km, which is an old paved road with benches to rest at along the way. 

At the Big Rock entrance to the park there’s visitor center with a kiosk, toilets, theater, museum, picnic areas, and nature interpretation trails, where visitors can find more information about hiking and camping on Pedra Grande. Big Rock is a particularly popular attraction on Brazilian holidays, especially the first of May, so visitors seeking tranquility should go early or pick another date to visit.

Practical Info

In the north end of São Paulo, Pedra Grande can be reached from downtown via bus, car, or private guided tour. The closest metro station is Tucuruvi.
Address: Rua do Horto 1799, Parque Estadual da Cantareira, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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6-hour "Private Ecotour" Cantareira São Paulo (Also GRU Airport Pick-up)

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Outdoor enthusiasts with an interest in Brazil’s natural history, ecology, and wildlife will benefit from this ecotour at Cantareira State Park. Breathe the fresh air while hiking roughly 6 miles (10 km) round-trip to reach Pedra Grande (Big Rock), which boasts splendid views of São Paulo. This UNESCO-listed City Green Belt is equal to 8,000 football fields and offers visitors an easy escape from the bustle of downtown.
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Private 4-hour Eco Tour to Cantareira or Jaraguá forest reservePrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private 4-hour Eco Tour to Cantareira or Jaraguá forest reserve

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Explore the Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Forest) during this private 4-hour tour from São Paulo. With a dedicated guide, travel in a comfortable vehicle to Cantareira State Park to discover the sprawling forest, a UNESCO City Green Belt Biosphere Reserve. Trek through the dense foliage on the park's network of trails, admiring views of the urban expanse below. Learn about the native flora and fauna in the area and get an opportunity to see jaguars, howler monkeys and many species of birds.
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