AulaPlus in Santo Antônio do Pinhal offers tour guide services for Campos do Jordão and the region. The tour guide is tri-lingual (English, Portuguese and Bulgarian) and very familiar with all tourist attractions both in Campos do Jordão and Santo Antônio do Pinhal.
There is much to be seen, but without English-Portuguese speaking tour guide your trip to those wonderful cities might be not very productive as the locals do not speak foreign languages.
Transport could be also provided and any kind of trips organized – trekking, gastronomy, cultural, nature, etc. The tour guide can also buy tickets for events and organize almost anything you may need in order to make your trip pleasant and productive!
For more information, please call +55 11 98111-3642 outside Brazil or 11 98111-3642 within the country, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Campos do Jordão (Brazilian Portuguese: [‘kɐ̃pus du ‘ʒoɾdɐ̃w]) is a municipality in the state of São Paulo in southeastern Brazil. The population in 2003 was 47,903 inhabitants and the area is 290.27 square kilometres (112.07 sq mi). The city is situated 1,639.2 metres (5,378 ft) above sea level and is the highest city in Brazil.
The Mantiqueira mountains provide unique panoramic views, and the municipality’s region still has undeveloped old growth Atlantic Forest habitat. The endemic Brazilian Paraná pine (Araucaria angustifolia) is found here. There are numerous outdoor activities for tourists and winter residents. These include hiking, mountain climbing, treetop cable swings (arborismo), horseback riding, and ATV and motorbike riding. July, of winter season vacations, sees an enormous influx of visitors (more than quadrupling the city’s population), due in part to the winter festival of classical music.
Its attractions throughout the year include German and Swiss cuisine restaurants, bars, and a cable car. There are many pousadas (inns) and chalets. Also, in order to cater to the large number of visitors, several bars, lounges, discos and clubs open during the winter months.
A former state governor had a winter residence here, the Boa Vista Palace, which is now a museum in the city.
The city’s economy is based mainly on tourism; due to its location at high elevation in the Mantiqueira mountains, and traditional European-style architecture. Buildings are mostly vernacular architecture from German, Swiss, or Italian models. Many of the wealthiest residents in the state of São Paulo have winter country houses here.
Despite the high income of many visitors, the HDI (0.820 in 2004) of Campos do Jordão is not very high because the owners of the houses in the best neighbourhoods are not regular inhabitants; these houses are used only during the holidays. The city can be reached from São Paulo mainly by road through the Rodovia Floriano Rodrigues Pinheiro. There is also a picturesque railroad from Pindamonhangaba, used mostly by tourists. At the end of the main road going through Campos do Jordão, there is a state park called Horto Florestal.
Campos do Jordão features a subtropical highland climate under the Köppen climate classification. Despite its location within the tropics, due to the high elevation, temperatures here are cooler than one might expect. The resort town features “spring-like” temperatures throughout the year, with mild summers and cool winters. However, by Brazilian standards, the town is downright cold. In summer, maximum temperatures average 24°C/75°F and minimum temperatures average 13°C/55°F. In winter, maximum temperatures average 18°C/64°F and minimum temperatures average 4°C/39°F. Temperatures drop below zero sometimes in winter (lowest ever recorded: -7.3°C/19°F), but snow is very rare. Similar to many other places with this climate, Campos do Jordão sees a noticeable drying trend during its “low-sun” season. The city sees on average 1800 mm of precipitation, most of which falls from September through March.
The city, due to its elevation, is relatively cold for Brazilian standards. The winter is normally the dry season and the colder weather allows for warm fireplaces and winter foods such as fondue, soups and hot chocolate. In spring and summer, one can see Hydrangea macrophylla blossoming all over the town.