Campos do Jordão

Campos do Jordão is a municipality in the state of São Paulo in Brazil. It is located in Serra da Mantiqueira at an altitude of 1628 meters, making it the highest Brazilian city, considering the altitude of the seat. Its estimated population in 2004 was 47,903 inhabitants. The city is sometimes erroneously called Campos de Jordão.

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It is the municipality with the highest administrative headquarters of the country, reaching 1,628 meters at the city, where the city is located in the city, and can vary for more than 2 thousand meters on the outskirts of the city. Mass is located in the Serra da Mantiqueira, one of the highest mountain ranges of Brazil.

It has an area of 289.5 km ². It is constantly visited by tourists from all over Brazil and even from abroad, who visit the town to enjoy the climate of winter and German architecture.

Its climate is tropical of altitude (Cwb), with mild summers and cool winters. Occurrences of snow were recorded in 1928,1942 and 2004 being the last time that snow was recorded in the city. Frosts are common during winter and absolute minimum temperature was -7.3 ° C in June 1, 1979. [5]. Its temperate climate favors the creation of hydrangeas, specifically the kind of Hydrangea macrophylla.

The main access to the Campos do Jordão is the Highway Floriano Rodrigues Pinheiro (SP-123), which starts at junction of Highway Carvalho Pinto / Ayrton Senna, at km 117 of the President Dutra Highway. This junction is in the sub-district of Quiririm from Taubaté and Caçapava. It is a winding road, tourism, with beautiful viewpoints in the region of the Paraíba Valley and the Sierra Mantiqueira. It houses two positions of supplies (km 11 – km Poço Grande and 18 – access to Tremembé) and various stop points of the region with products and tourist attractions. The trip, leaving from São Paulo, Campos do Jordão has to last approximately 2 hours.

As alternative, the Monteiro Lobato Highway (SP-50) is in itself a tourist attraction, through beautiful rural areas, mountain village typical of the region and the city of Monteiro Lobato.

This road has a junction with SP-42, which connects to the office of St. Benedict’s Sapucaí (SP) and the south of Minas Gerais (by MG-295). The MG-295 has a junction with Highway Fernão Dias in the city of Pouso Alegre (MG).

Starting in São José dos Campos, in the north of the city, the SP-50 road is winding and has few signs, is recommended for those who have no hurry and want to do a walk before reaching Campos do Jordão. The trip leaving from São José dos Campos takes approximately 2.5 hours.

The Rodovia Floriano Rodrigues Pinheiro can also be accessed through local roads which leave Roseira, SP-62 (km 82 of the President Dutra Highway), or across the city of Pindamonhangaba (km 98 of the President Dutra Highway).

The traditional rail access is available via the railway Campos do Jordão, leaving Pindamonhangaba moved on to electricity self, stopping at tourist attractions and recreation, such as the Parque das Águas Claras and the station of Santo Antônio do Pinhal, rising slowly to Serra da Mantiqueira up in 3 hours, the Campos do Jordao. The EFCJ also offers options for walks of trenzinho out of Campos do Jordão for Santo Antônio do Pinhal and vice versa.

  • Alberto Löfgren State Park (Parque Estadual Alberto Löfgren), Rua do Horto 931, +55 11 2997-5000. 8AM-7PM. Created in 1941 as “Horto Florestal”, the newly renamed park has 8.3 hectares of protected area with a vegetation of conifers and Araucaria. It is a great option for those who want to spend the day doing something different from the traditional attractions of Capivari. Have barbecues, lakes, forests, fisheries, field of gymnastics, plant nurseries, showers, chapel, biking, restaurant, crafts shop and many trails. Its mountainous reaches 2,007 meters of altitude. The view is further overview of the high tower of 12 meters of wood. R$3, parking R$4. 
  • Boa Vista Palace (Palácio Alto da Boa Vista), Rua Adhemar de Barros 3100 – Vila Alto da Boa Vista, +55 12 3662-1122. Wed-Sun 10AM-5PM. In an area almost three thousand square meters divided into 35 environments, the Boa Vista Palace was inaugurated in 1964 by the then Governor of the State of São Paulo, Adhemar de Barros, with purpose to serve the winter residence of the Governor. It is a wonder, housing some three thousand pieces of furniture, porcelains, religious pieces, silver and paintings. The palace remained unchanged its interior decoration for three decades and in 1996 received 40 professionals who worked in its decor.It is prohibited to enter with photographic cameras and camcorders. R$5. 
  • Crioulos Cave (Gruta dos Crioulos), Estrada da Campista. 
  • Imbiri Peak (Pico do Imbiri). Offers a nice view of the city. Most of the trail is unpaved, so access is limited when it rains. 
  • Itapeva Peak (Pico do Itapeva). On clear days, you can see cities of the Paraíba Valley. 
  • Silent Woods (Bosque do Silêncio). 100,000 square meter park with a preserved landscape of araucária trees, trails for casual strolls, and a large and varied arborismo circuit. 
  • São João Monastery (Mosteiro de São João), Av. Dr. Ademar de Barros 330 – Abernéssia, +55 12 262-4277. 

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