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Campinas

Country
Brazil
State
Sao Paulo
City
Campinas
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

The name’s origin is due to the fact that the city was a resting place for the cattle drivers heading to or returning from Goiás and Cuiabá. This resting place got known as "Campinas of Thick Brush" because of three paths available amidst the dense brush. As time went by, the brush gave way to the third biggest industrial pole in Brazil, with agriculture and milk production also showing a big development. To confirm this growth, just check the figures: 9% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 17% of the industrial production of São Paulo State are from the Campinas Region, which is also responsible for 10% of all the agroindustrial production from São Paulo and ranks first in the Country in the use of high quality seeds and agricultural mechanization. Campinas is all that, without losing the charm, the beauty and the quality of life of the paulista inland.



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How to Reach

By Air

 Viracopos Airport receives international flights and flights from the main Brazilian cities regularly.

By Road

 Access to the city can be made through the Anhanguera and Bandeirantes highways, which connect Campinas and the region to the city of São Paulo; Santos Dumont highway, which goes to Sorocaba and also has a junction to Castelo Branco highway, connecting Campinas to the West of the State, to Curitiba (PR) and to the North and West of Paraná, Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraguay and Bolivia; D. Pedro I highway, which has a junction with Dutra highway at the city of Jacareí, connecting Campinas to Rio de Janeiro; and the Campinas-Mogi-Mirim highway, making the connection to the South of Minas Gerais.

Key places to visit
Cambarás Wood, Monsenhor José Salim Ecologic Park, Santa Genebra Forest, City Museum, Augusto Ruschi Wood


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Places to Visit

Cambarás Wood

Occupying an area of 58,300 square meters, the wood was structured around a fragment of native forest on a gravelly soil.
To complement the natural vegetation, 10 thousand seedlings of native and exotic trees have been planted, many of them typical from the savannahs, such as the Cambará, which gave name to the wood. The wood has a kid’s park, multi-sports courts, soccer pitches and jogging track. It is located at 15/23/13 Streets – DIC V. Opens from 7am to 6pm.

Monsenhor José Salim Ecologic Park

The implementation of the Ecologic Park aimed the recovery and replanting of vegetation in an area of 2,850,000 square meters – with 1,100,000 square meters open to the public – with Brazilian flora species, native from the Piracicaba river basin region and other exotic species, particularly the palm trees.

The Ecologic Park is also the home of restored architectural heritage from Campinas of the XIX century, among them the Mansion, the barn and the chapel of the old Mato Dentro farm, spaces which are part of the Environmental Historic Museum and the development of various environmental education programs. The Park also has multi-sports courts, soccer pitches, boccia court, hiking paths, jogging track, playground, picnic areas, anphitheater and two car parks with spaces for a thousand cars. It is located at Heitor Penteado Highway, at km 3,2 – Vila Brandina.

Santa Genebra Forest

The forest reserve donated to the city of Campinas is remainder of the Atlantic Forest , with 660 vegetation species and 885 animal species, in an area of 251 hectares. This abundance is justified by the existing biodiversity in the reserve.

The nursery has at present over three thousand seedlings of native species and the reforesting project develops a work for recovery of the degraded areas. The guided visits happen on the last Saturday of the month at 9am and 10h30am. Entrance is free and the use of trousers and shoes is required. It is located at the Campinas - Paulínia Highway

City Museum

It was created in 1992 to join collections from three museums, until then not available in the city: the Museum of the Indian, created in 1967; the Historic Museum, from 1969, and the Folklore Museum, from 1977.

The new museum was set up in a building from the end of the XIX century (1886), originally built to shelter the Lidgerwood Manufacturing Co. factories.

Since its foundation, the City Museum has been developing a number of activities aimed to reflect about and debate the historic course of the city. There are also itinerant exhibitions, courses, workshops, theatrical performances, seminars, talks, video cycles and book launchings. It is located at 33 Andrade Neves Avenue - Center

Augusto Ruschi Wood

The wood has an area of 26 thousand square meters, distributed through various levels. It contributes to the local population leisure, who benefit from a contact with Nature through its purple ipês, jequitibás, acacias and sibipirunas.

The park has a playground, natural waterfall, lake with ducks, pedestrian track, bathrooms, mini-zoo, gym equipment and picnic area. It is located at Carlos Roberto Gallo Street, corner with Coacyara Avenue - DIC I. Opens daily, from 6am – 7pm.

Right Time to Visit

May - September

Temperature

February - March -> 26(°C) - Summer
July - August -> 11(°C) - Spring


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