Campinas, in Sao Paulo, is a place that about 1,000,000 people call home.
The national capital Brasilia is located 500 miles (805 kilometers) north of Campinas, while Sao Paulo is 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the southeast.
For some people-watching in Campinas, spend some time exploring several of its attractive public squares and spaces. The most popular of these are Flag Square and also Maria P Pontes Square. Those searching for for an escape from the hustle and bustle should also check out Esmeraldo Lopes Muller Square and Luiz Narezzi Square.
Take advantage of Campinas’s reputation as a shopping hub. Find the perfect accessory, stock up on food or just people-watch at one of the many quirky shops and boutiques. In Municipal Market and Iguatemi Shopping Mall you’ll find a huge selection of merchandise. Campinas Shopping Center and Feira de Artesanato are other bustling shopping centers.
Here in Campinas, there are many beautiful nature reserves that are well worth discovering. Two of the better known of these, are Pedra Grande and Emilio Jose Salim Ecological Park. Jequitibas Forest and Conjunto Aquatico Municipal are two more places to visit.
Escape the ordinary for a day or two and take the family into worlds of innocence and creativity at these much-loved family attractions in Campinas. The kids will love the local favorites like Wet n Wild and the ever-popular Portugal Park. Then, for more great family fun, head to Jaguariuna Station and Anhumas Station.
The Campinas area is a dream come true for those who love historic places, particularly those with a passion for religious sites. Some of these are the Metropolitan Cathedral of Campinas, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Banished and the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Savor the reverent atmosphere, admire the craftsmanship and improve your knowledge of history in these magical places.
If you are staying in Campinas find a natural retreat in one or more of its beautiful public parks. To soak up some sunshine select from Park of Christ and Edmundo Zanoni Park. Lovers of the outdoors also shouldn’t miss the natural displays of Vertentes Park.
Campinas is full of tales of human endeavor and achievement; you’ll discover plenty at these popular museums. For intriguing collections, head to the Museum of Image and Sound and Fazenda Tozan. Those with inquiring minds will also love the Coffee Museum.