Exuberant nature, beautiful beaches, caves, waterfalls and even marine environments can be accessed through trails of different difficulty levels in the State of São Paulo. Meet 30 of them and venture out there!

Few experiences are as satisfying as reaching the end of a trail and facing the refreshing waters of a waterfall, having a breathtaking view from the top of a mountain or accessing a wild beach.

THE state of São Paulo It has several trails designed for visitation that allow greater contact with nature and hide incredible landscapes. With routes of different levels of difficulty – some fully accessible that can be covered by people with reduced mobility and wheelchair users – there is much to explore in the region.

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It is through these paths full of natural beauty that we learn a little more about biodiversity, the different environments and landscapes that characterize the preserved areas of the state of São Paulo, some very close to the capital.

Don't forget to always get information from an accredited local guide, professionals prepared to help you access these activities. It is also important to dress in comfortable clothes, wear sneakers and always stay hydrated to make the most of the tours.

venture into these 30 trails to do in the State of São Paulo.

Trails to do in the State of São Paulo

Brejaúva Trail 

Located in Campina do Encantado State Park, the trail is approximately one hour long in a very quiet terrain, which makes it perfect for activities with the elderly and children. Along the way, it is possible to observe Brejaúvas, a species of palm tree that reaches 10 m in height.

Location: Pariquera-açu (Campina do Encantado State Park)
Distance from capital: 215 km

Difficulty: Easy / 1 km (circle)
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Great Waterfall Trail

Trails in Sao Paulo

Photo: Secretary of the Environment

Located in Ilha do Cardoso State Park, the trail has approximately an hour and thirty walk. To access it, it is necessary to cross a canal using boats departing from Cananéia. At the end of the route, Cachoeira Grande has a very refreshing well for bathing surrounded by lots of nature.

Location: Cananéia (Island Cardoso State Park)
Distance from capital: 280 km
Difficulty: Easy/ 2 km (round trip)
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Bocaína Lajeado System Trail

Within the Intervales State Park, the Bocaína Trail allows two possibilities of routes, one of 14 km and the other of 5 km, in this last part of the route can be done by car or bicycle. The trail gives access to several caves in the region, such as Santa, Jan and Mansfield, Fendão and Mãozinha, all with monitored visits.

Location: Ribeirão Grande (Intervales State Park)
Distance from capital: 250 km

Difficulty: Hard / 14 km (option 1) and 5 km (option 2)
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Devil's Cave Trail

Trails in Sao Paulo.

Trails in SP. Photo: Brunosk96/ Wikimedia Commons

With just over 1 km of trail in total, it is possible to discover the largest cave in the state of São Paulo. With walkways, staircases, handrails and lighting, the route can be carried out even by those with limited mobility.

Location: Eldorado (Devil's Cave State Park)
Distance from capital: 300 km
Difficulty: Easy / 1.2 km
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Santana Cave Trail

PETAR's most visited trail lasts just over an hour and a half on a path formed by stone walkways and a wooden bridge. Caverna Santana is formed by several halls characterized by rich rock formations.

Location: Apiaí and Iporanga (Alto Ribeira Tourist State Park)
Distance from capital: 300 km

Difficulty: Easy / 495 m
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Bromeliads Trail

In the heart of Carlos Botelho State Park, the 20-minute trail is fully accessible and adapted for people with disabilities. The route enters the forest in a shady and pleasant area surrounded by numerous species of bromeliads.

Location: São Miguel Arcanjo (Carlos Botelho State Park)
Distance from capital: 150 km

Difficulty: Easy / 200 m
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Underwater trail

Trails in SP. Photo: Roberto Sakamoto/ Forest Foundation

The Underwater Trail follows the rocky shore located between Praia do Presídio and Praia do Engenho in Ubatuba. Its route is carried out with the support of a floating boat, where visitors can learn more about the ecosystem. The trail is carried out in groups of a maximum of four people accompanied by two environmental monitors. Participation has an entrance fee and can be done during scheduled dates in the State Park or by hiring an accredited autonomous monitor.

Location: Ubatuba (Anchieta Island State Park)
Distance from capital: 285 km
Difficulty: Average / 350 m
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Big Bag Trail

Along the trail that brings together the ruins of an old barracks, military village and pottery, it is possible to observe a diversity of palm trees, such as juçara, pati, brejaúva, indaiá, jerivá and tucum. The activity ends in a beautiful view of the open sea.

Location: Ubatuba (Anchieta Island State Park)
Distance from capital: 285 km

Difficulty: Average / 3 km
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Waterfalls Trail

Very close to the capital is a trail that leads to three waterfalls located in the Cantareira State Park. The circular route leads to Cachoeira do Tombo, Cachoeira do Véu and Cachoeira do Engordador, which has an 18-meter drop and a swimming hole.

Location:  Guarulhos (Cantareira State Park)
Distance from capital: 10 km from Praça da Sé

Difficulty: Medium / 3 km (round trip)
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Ribeirão Branco Waterfall Trail

The trail starts from a place where there is an exuberant fig tree with approximately a thousand years. The visitor follows a medium difficulty trail for approximately 5 km through the Atlantic Forest until reaching the Ribeirão Branco waterfall. The tour needs to be booked at least 5 days in advance.

Location: Sete Barras (Carlos Botelho State Park)
Distance from capital: 230 km

Difficulty: Medium / 10 km (round trip)
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Life's Trail

Trails in Sao Paulo. Photo: Secretary of the Environment of the State of São Paulo

Inside the Guarapiranga Ecological Park and accessible to people with reduced mobility and wheelchair users, the Trilha da Vida is a sensitive route where the visitor walks 50 meters with eyes closed to stimulate new forms of perception.

Location: Sao Paulo (Guarapiranga Ecological Park)
Distance from capital: 35 km from Praça da Sé

Difficulty: Easy / 50 meters (round trip)
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Macela Stone Trail

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Trails in SP. Photo: Rafael Defavari/ Wikimedia Commons

The path is not so easy to access Pedra da Macela: it is almost two and a half kilometers uphill – but the view from the top of its 1840 meters is incredible and makes it possible to contemplate the Vale do Paraíba, the region of the Parque Estadual da Macela. Serra do Mar, the bay of Paraty, Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande, all surrounded by mountains and native trees of the Atlantic Forest.

Location: Cunha (Serra do Mar State Park)
Distance from capital: 230 km
Difficulty: Difficult / 5 km (round trip)

Trail of Silence

Inside the Jaraguá State Park, the Silêncio Trail is 700 meters long and has easy access and has a handrail and wooden guide for the visually impaired. The goal is to let yourself be carried away by the sounds and full of nature.

Location: São Paulo (Jaraguá State Park)
Distance from capital: 16 km from Praça da Sé

Difficulty: Easy / 700 meters (round trip)
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Bonete Beach Trail

Trails in Sao Paulo. Photo: Louise Cristina Araujo Ferri/ Wikimedia Commons

The pulled trail takes adventurers on a 3-6 hour hike past waterfalls and viewpoints. The effort is worth it when you arrive at the deserted beach, untouched by man, considered one of the most beautiful in Brazil.

Location: Ilhabela (Ilhabela State Park)
Distance from capital: 230 km
Difficulty: Difficult / 12 km (round trip)
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Pedra Grande Trail

Located in the Cantareira State Park, in São Paulo, the Pedra Grande Trail is 10 kilometers long on a path formerly used by drovers. At the end, you reach a natural viewpoint from where you can get a panoramic view of the city of São Paulo.

Location: São Paulo (Cantareira State Park)
Distance from capital: 10 km from Praça da Sé

Difficulty: Difficult / 10 km (round trip)
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Lookout Trail

The trail, which is inside the Nascentes de Paranapiacaba Natural Park, allows the visitor to follow the slope of the mountain, through the forest, until reaching the viewpoint that is at about 1000 m altitude. From there it is possible to see from above the Baixada Santista, the sea, the Anchieta-Imigrantes road complex and the industrial hub of Cubatão.

Location: São Bernardo do Campo (Serra do Mar State Park)
Distance from capital: 37 km from Praça da Sé

Difficulty: Easy/ 1 km (round trip)
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Historic Monuments Trail

Trails in SP. Photo: Better Travel Guide

The trail takes place on Estrada Velha de Santos and shows a little of São Paulo's history, passing by historical monuments such as Rancho da Maioridade, Calçada do Lorena and 18th century buildings that contributed to the development of the State. In addition, it is possible to have a beautiful view of the Santos lowland.

Location: São Bernardo do Campo (Serra do Mar State Park)
Distance from capital: 10 km from Praça da Sé
Difficulty: Medium / 9.5 km (round trip)
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Palm Trees Trail

Trails in Sao Paulo. Photo: Serra do Mar State Park/ Publicity

An inclusive trail, adapted for people with disabilities and reduced mobility in a 30-minute journey, ends at Prainha, a natural pool with calm and shallow waters. It runs through a stretch of preserved Atlantic forest, passing over the Santo Antônio River. There are spots for rest and picnics.

Location: Caraguatatuba (Serra do Mar State Park)
Distance from capital: 170 km
Difficulty: Easy/ 1 km (round trip)
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Pirapitinga Trail

This tour runs along the banks of the Paraibuna and Ipiranga rivers, with several rapids, waterfalls and natural pools in approximately 1 hour of trail through the preserved Atlantic Forest.

Location: São Luiz do Paraitinga (Serra do Mar State Park)
Distance from capital: 190 km
Difficulty: Medium/ 5.6 km (round trip)
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White Water Trail

The five wells perfect for bathing are the main attractions of this well-structured Ilhabela trail. In addition to these natural pools, there is a bird watching tower about 10 meters high.

Location: Ilhabela (Ilhabela State Park)
Distance from capital: 230 km

Difficulty: Medium / 4.4 km (round trip)
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São Francisco Archaeological Site Trail

In the heart of Serra do Mar State Park, in São Sebastião, the trail has many uphill stretches of 3 km in total. The difficulty level is difficult and requires physical effort. In addition to the beauty of the scenery, full of mountains and valleys, you reach an archaeological site with approximately 200 years of history.

Location: São Sebastião (Serra do Mar State Park)
Distance from capital: 200 km

Difficulty: Difficult / 3 km (round trip)
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Praia Brava trail 

Trails in SP. Photo: Marcelo de Lucas/ Wikimedia Commons

A true wild ecological paradise, Praia Brava is located between Maresias and Boicucanga. During the trail it is possible to observe a dense vegetation, in addition to two viewpoints with an incredible life. The trail is a little steep and requires some physical effort, but the beauty of the beach with soft sand and waves suitable for surfing makes up for it.

Location: São Sebastião (Serra do Mar State Park)
Distance from capital: 180 km

Difficulty: Average / 3 km (round trip)
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Trails in Sao Paulo. Photo: Disclosure

An inclusive trail, designed to provide learning experiences for the visually impaired, accessible to wheelchair users and the hearing impaired. The path is carried out among the trees and extends along a sustainable plastic wood walkway. At the end of the route there is a lake with crystal clear waters. Visits must be scheduled from the site.

Location: São Bernardo do Campo (Imigrantes Ecological Park)
Distance from capital: 35 km
Difficulty: Easy
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Sapucai River Trail

Part of Campos do Jordão State Park, the Sapucaí Trail lasts approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes on very rough terrain, which makes it ideal for more experienced adventurers. The trail offers observation of the rapids of the Sapucaí River, passing through fields and forests of century-old araucaria.

Location: Campos do Jordão (Campos do Jordão State Park)
Distance from capital: 205 km

Difficulty: Difficult / 2.6 km (round trip)
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Bauzinho Trail

Trails in SP. Photo: Marcelo Sanches Barce/ Wikimedia Commons

The Bauzinho Trail is located in São Bento do Sapucaí and is only 500 meters long. The path pays off with a panoramic view of cities in the south of Minas Gerais and part of Pedra do Baú.

Location: São Bento do Sapucaí (Pedra do Baú State Monument)
Distance from capital: 230 km
Difficulty: Easy / 500 m (round trip)
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7 Beaches Trail 

Trails in Sao Paulo.

Trails in Sao Paulo. Photo: Matheus Usero/ Wikimedia Commons

The 7 beaches trail has most of its path covered by Atlantic Forest and easily accessible with some stretches that need to be more careful. The trail starts at Lagoinha beach and passes through Praia de Oeste, Praia do Peres, Praia do Bonete, Praia Grande do Bonete, Praia Deserta, Praia do Cedro and Praia da Fortaleza.

Location: Ubatuba (Serra do Mar State Park)
Distance from capital: 225 km
Difficulty: Average / 10 km (round trip)
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Giant Trees Trail

Located inside the Poto Ferreira State Park, the Giant Trees Trail is easy and takes approximately two hours in total. On the way, it is possible to observe giant trees such as fig trees, cedars, perobas, guatambus, pau-d'alhos and a 40-meter high jequitibá-rosa.

Location: Porto Ferreira (Porto Ferreira State Park)
Distance from capital: 230 km

Difficulty: Easy / 5.6 km (round trip)
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Barreiro da Anta trail

Trails in SP. Photo: Government of the State of São Paulo

The one-and-a-half-kilometer trail passes through dryland and flooded environments, crossing sites with very closed or totally open vegetation, allowing you to feel the size of the forest around you.

Location: Teodoro Sampaio (Morro do Diabo State Park)
Distance from capital: 650 km

Difficulty: Easy/ 1.6 km (round trip)
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Paraibuna River Trail

Located in Cunha, the trail is self-guided and has an easy path of 1.7 km in total. It has a structure with tables perfect for a picnic, as well as beautiful araucarias. The route also allows bird watching.

Location: Cunha (Serra do Mar State Park)
Distance from capital: 250 km

Difficulty: Easy/ 1.7 km (round trip)
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Spring Trail 

Trails in Sao Paulo.

Trails in Sao Paulo. Photo: Disclosure

In the heart of São Paulo, the Nascente Trail is inside the São Paulo Botanical Garden. It has a platform with 360 meters in length and three resting points, which can be used by the elderly, wheelchair users and people with reduced mobility. At the end of the route, you can discover the source of the historic Ipiranga stream.

Location: São Paulo (State Park of Fontes do Ipiranga)
Distance from capital: 10 km from Praça da Sé

Difficulty: Easy / 720 m (round trip)
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