History, extreme sports, tradition and religiousness
On the banks of the river that lends its name to the town, São Luiz do Paraitinga is home to the greatest architectonic heritage from colonial times in São Paulo state, inherited from gold cycle and the coffee cycle in the 19th century.
The town is also famous for its traditional street carnival, which attracts thousands of tourists every year, with traditional songs and gigantic dolls manufactured by local artisans.
The Divino Festival, which takes place yearly 50 days after Easter, on Pentecost’s Day, features groups of typical dances such as moçambiques, jongo and congadas, along with processions, prayers and masses.
In the Serra do Mar state park, Núcleo Santa Virgínia offers six ecological trails, in addition to rafting, the only place in the state where this can be done inside a forest reservation. Ecotourism also includes horseback riding, mountain-biking, tree, adventure park, rappel and waterfalls.
Serra do Mar State Park, Rafting down Paraibuna River, Seven Waterfalls Trail, Local Luau, Handicraft Workshop, Historic Center, Oswaldo Cruz House.
Traditional Street Carnival (February/March), Divino Feast and Arraiá do Chi Pul Pul (June), Brazilian Song Wiki (September), Saci Festival (October).
City Hall: www.saoluizdoparaitinga.sp.gov.br
Tourist Office: (55 + 12) 3671-1672
São Luiz do Paraitinga is 187 km from São Paulo.
Car: Ayrton Senna-Carvalho Pinto System (SP-070) or Via Dutra until you reach Taubaté and then take Rodovia Oswaldo Cruz (SP-125).
Pássaro Marron (to Taubaté) - www.passaromarron.com.br - Phone: 0800-2853047
Pássaro Marron buses depart from Terminal Rodoviário Tietê (São Paulo - SP).
Then from Taubaté to São Luiz do Paraitinga: Viação São José - Phone: (55 + 12) 3629-2684.
Hotels and Restaurants
Pousada Eco Refúgio das 7 Cachoeiras - Rodovia Dr. Oswaldo Cruz, Km 46 - Distrito de Catuçaba, Km 2 from Estrada do Pinga - (55 + 12) 3671-6201 / (55 + 11) 9609-0509 - firstname.lastname@example.org - www.trilhadas7cachoeiras.com.br/
Restaurante Cantinho dos Amigos - Rua Cel. Domingues de Castro, 10 - (55 + 12) 3671-1466
Restaurante Canto da Praça - Rua 31 de Março - Calçadão, 07 - (55 + 12) 3671-1343
Restaurante Sabor Caipira - Rua Monsenhor Ignacio Gióia, 380 - (55 + 12) 3671-2169
Restaurante Santa Terezinha - Rua Coronel Domingues de Castro, 64 - (55 + 12) 3671-1714
Restaurante Sol Nascente - Largo das Mercês, 21 - (55 + 12) 3671-1400
Restaurante Tempero da Terra - Rua Cel. Domingues de Castro, 178 - (55 + 12) 3671-1574