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Guide to Sao Paulo Outdoors

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Paulo has a diverse range of parks for outdoor lovers to explore, which feature everything from trails to native jungle, to cycle lanes and picnic spots. Whatever your favorite open air pursuit, use this guide to discover the best the city has to offer you during your visit.

Good for
  • Solo
  • Friends
  • Couples
  • Senior
  • Family
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Thrifty Traveller

9 Places

5 City Tips

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9 Places

Pico Do Jaragua

Mountains

Parque Estadual da Cantareira

State Parks

Parque Ecologico do Tiete

Parks, Bodies of Water, Playgrounds

Parque Ibirapuera

Parks

Villa Lobos Park

Parks

Parque da Independencia

Parks

Parque do Povo

Parks

Parque da Aclimacao

Parks, Playgrounds

Parque da Juventude

Parks

LeandroMontoya's City Tips

  • You can enjoy a picnic in any of the parks. Most have street vendors selling snacks and sodas.
  • Most parks and other outdoor areas aren't near to a metro station, so plan journeys by bus, taxi or rent a car.
  • Bike lanes offer another great way of getting around. They connect the parks closer to the city center.
  • Avoid parks and other open areas late at night.
  • Taxis are a secure way to travel around the city, but they are expensive and take cash only.
  • Pico Do Jaragua
    Mountains
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    LeandroMontoya Says:

    The highest point of the city is a natural hill to the west, which peeks out of the jungle environment of Park Estadual do Jaraguá. The top of the hill can be reached in one of two ways: an easy self-guided trek of 2km, or by road (driving or cycling). Getting to the summit is well worth it, as you'll be rewarded with priceless views of both the jungle and the city. There are also plenty of bathrooms, picnic spots, and BBQ pitches available, making it a nice spot to linger for a while.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It's easy to reach the park by bus from Praça Ramos de Azevedo, near the metro station Anhangabaú (red line). It will bring you to the park gate.
    • Choose a clear day because the summit is often covered by fog, making it impossible to view the city.
    • In addition to the classical trail to the top of the hill, there are two other jungle trails that have been adapted for kids and the elderly.
    • There are bathrooms available at the top.
    • For experienced rock climbers, there is an old section near the top, behind the smaller antenna, with 2 or 3 routes 15-25 meters high. Ask the park guards for more information.
    • If walking to the summit, please note that you will need to climb more than 100 steps at the end of the trail.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #94 of 937 things to do in Sao Paulo
    • Good view, but not bowled over 12/02/2022
    • Best hike in Sampa 15/03/2020
    • Pico Do Jaragua
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    7:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Parque Estadual da Cantareira
    State Parks
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    LeandroMontoya Says:

    This park is located in the Serra da Cantareira mountain range (which borders the city on its north side), and preserves within its grounds a huge territory of native tropical jungle. The park is divided into four sections ('Nucleos'), which are helpfully labeled to indicate which are best for trekking, bird watching, photography, picnics and more. Nucleo Pedra Grande has the longest trails, one of which ends at a rock summit offering amazing city views. Nucleo Engordador has a waterfall 6-8 meters high, where you can swim. Nucleos Aguas Claras and Cabuçu are less popular, but are still good options for a day of sports or relaxation in authentic jungle surroundings.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Try to arrive here early. Besides the huge size of the park to explore, the "civilized areas" are rather small and get very crowded on weekends.
    • There are street vendors near the gates of all nucleos. Bathrooms are very basic — bring tissues!
    • For mountain bike lovers, there is an easy/medium 1.4km trail in Nucleo Engordador.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 937 things to do in Sao Paulo
    • Nice hike; beautiful view. 26/01/2022
    • Peaceful 04/05/2019
    • Parque Estadual da Cantareira
    Address:
    Rua do Horto 1799
    Horto Florestal
    Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 02377-000
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 11 6231 8555
    Price range:
    US$16 - US$16
    Other:
  • Parque Ecologico do Tiete
    Parks, Bodies of Water, Playgrounds
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    LeandroMontoya Says:

    Located to the east of the city, where the Tietê river enters Sao Paulo, Parque Ecologico do Tiete is wilder and its attractions more spread out than other parks. This makes it perfect for those looking to escape the crowds, being full of idle places which are good for picnics, reading, and relaxation. If you're feeling active, explore the 5-7km trails that wind through the forest. Cross your fingers and you might even spot a monkey! Other highlights are the lakes, the 12km long bike lane, and on weekends, the crowded soccer fields — when the locals flock to the park to take part in tournaments.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bus 2735-10 (JD. KERALUX) departing from Penha Metro Station (red line) leads to the main gate of the park. If unsure, double check with the driver before boarding.
    • During the week, the park becomes eerily quiet from 11am onwards. Stay close to the main attractions.
    • You can rent small boats on the lakes! Perfect for families.
    • Street vendors sell snacks and juices here. There is one restaurant too, with medium quality service.
    • You can rent bikes in the park.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 937 things to do in Sao Paulo
    • Beautiful landscape 07/10/2020
    • Nature lovers 03/08/2020
    • Parque Ecologico do Tiete
    Address:
    Rodovia Parque 8054
    Nucleo Engenheiro Goulart - Vila Santo Henrique
    Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 03718-090
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 11 3133-3997
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
  • Parque Ibirapuera
    Parks
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    LeandroMontoya Says:

    The Central Park equivalent in Sao Paulo, Ibirapuera Park is a good option for the practice of almost any sport, a lazy picnic or just a wander, and its central position makes it easy to get to (a big advantage over the other parks in the city). The main road in the park is shared by walkers, runners, cyclists, rollerbladers and even moms running with their babies, and the banks of the lakes provide a pleasant place for couples or families looking for some peace and quiet. You'll find museums and galleries inside the park, too, easily added on to your outdoor itinerary.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bikes can be rented at gate three. Rental is cheap and cycling is a good way to tour the park.
    • Parking is available next to the main gate and also inside the park itself, but spaces are occupied quickly.
    • There is a small restaurant here, plus street vendors selling snacks and refreshments.
    • Those looking for quiet should check out the "Pavilhão Japones," a Japanese-style pavilion where you can feed fish in a small lake.
    • Cultural events and shows happens here all the time. Search online for details.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 937 things to do in Sao Paulo
    • A great escape for the weekend 02/07/2022
    • Nice park but not a must see 02/04/2022
    • Parque Ibirapuera
    Address:
    Avenida Pedro Alvares Cabral
    Vila Mariana
    Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 04094-050
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 11 5574 5045
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    5:00 am - 12:00 am
    Other:
  • Villa Lobos Park
    Parks
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    LeandroMontoya Says:

    An urban park in the west of the city, Villa Lobos is particularly good for families, thanks to the high quality of its amenities, good security and free parking. It is one of the best parks for sports activities too, with a mini track for mountain biking, tennis courts, and rental kiosks for skates, rollerblades, tricycles, and bikes!

    Good for
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is a huge playground for kids 3-7 years old, just next to Villa Lobos.
    • Some zones don't have much shade, so don't forget your sunscreen.
    • The park is always crowded on sunny weekends, so don't come looking for peace and quiet.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 937 things to do in Sao Paulo
    • Great place for families 26/01/2020
    • Great place for outdoor activities! 31/07/2019
    • Villa Lobos Park
    Address:
    Avenida Professor Fonseca Rodrigues 2001
    Alto de Pinheiros
    Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 05461-010
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 11 2683-6302
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    5:30 am - 7:00 pm
    Other:
  • Parque da Independencia
    Parks
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    LeandroMontoya Says:

    Inspired by the French public places built during the 19th century, and occupying the spot in which the 1822 independence act was supposedly agreed upon, this park is one huge geometrically-shaped garden full of beautiful flowers. A great place for picnics, relaxation, and of course, photographs!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Paulista Museum is in the park and makes a great addition to your park itinerary.
    • Look for the tomb of D. Pedro I, the independence hero, and his wife, located in the park.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #60 of 937 things to do in Sao Paulo
    • The place where Brazil became Independent 11/08/2020
    • Relaxed place 20/10/2019
    • Parque da Independencia
    Address:
    Av. Nazare, s/n
    Ipiranga
    Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 04263-200
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 11 2273-7250
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    5:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Other:
  • Parque do Povo
    Parks
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    LeandroMontoya Says:

    Situated close to the city's corporate business center, this park is particularly popular with local executives and business travelers. Although rather small, the beauty lies in its convenient location, which makes it ideal for those looking for a green and central spot in which to run, cycle or picnic. There's also a great playground here, making it an excellent choice for families, too.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The trees here are very young so shade is a rarity. Don't forget your sunscreen!
    • There is no commerce in the park, so bring water and snacks with you.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #50 of 937 things to do in Sao Paulo
    • Nice park 03/11/2020
    • Best spot in SP for a picnic 15/12/2019
    • Parque do Povo
    Address:
    Avenida Henrique Chamma 420
    Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 04533-130
    Brazil
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Other:
  • Parque da Aclimacao
    Parks, Playgrounds
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    LeandroMontoya Says:

    This small residential park is a local neighborhood favorite. Here you'll find a good road for walking or running, and as skaters and rollerbladers are banned, it's the perfect spot for a leisurely family wander. The road also circles a lake, populated with ducks and the like, meaning that feeding the birds is another kid-friendly activity.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Park staff feed fruit to the birds each morning. A good photo opportunity!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #90 of 937 things to do in Sao Paulo
    • Picnic around the lake 15/11/2018
    • Beautiful park 01/05/2017
    • Parque da Aclimacao
    Address:
    Rua Muniz de Sousa 1.119
    Aclimação
    Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01534-000
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 11 3208 4042
    Other:
  • Parque da Juventude
    Parks
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    LeandroMontoya Says:

    This northern urban park is divided into three zones: sport, central and institutional. The sport zone contains a skate park, 8 multi-sport courts and 2 tennis courts, making it very popular with teenagers in particular. The central zone is perhaps the most interesting for visitors, with walking trails through native trees, a bike road, a playground for kids, and the ruins of the old prison which once sat on the grounds. The institutional zone is mostly relevant to locals, featuring two schools and a free internet area.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Get here easily by metro and exit at Carandiru station.
    • The park has a good infrastructure of bathrooms and drinking water fountains.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #154 of 937 things to do in Sao Paulo
    • Quase um acidente envolvendo crianças provocado pelo líder de segurança do parque da Juventude 28/02/2021
    • Cada dia uma nova visão. 06/10/2019
    • Parque da Juventude
    Address:
    Avenida Cruzeiro do sul 2630
    Carandiru
    Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 02030-100
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55(11)2251 2706
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Other:
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