Águas de São Pedro
Sourced from Wikivoyage. Text is available under the CC-by-SA 3.0 license.Águas de São Pedro is a city in the Campinas Region of São Paulo state. Boasting the second highest Human Development Index (HDI) of Brazil, Águas de São Pedro is a small and picturesque mineral spring resort town that attracts visitors to its public and private baths, green-filled streets and cozy city center.
In 1934, mineral springs with therapeutic properties were discovered in the municipality of São Pedro, which led to the construction of the luxurious Grand Hotel São Pedro in the area. In 1940, the municipality of Águas de São Pedro was created, with the city itself being completely planned and adapted for tourism.
With a combination of small size, non-existence of poverty, and good administrations, Águas de São Pedro became one of the most economically and socially developed cities of the country, a position that it retains until nowadays.
Despite being very small, as a tourist-oriented city, Águas de São Pedro is attended by a number of intercity buses, operated by Piracicabana and São Paulo São Pedro. From São Paulo, a one-way ticket costs R$ 41,50 (as of august 2013) and the trip takes about 3 hours. From Piracicaba, it costs R$ 6,50 and takes 45 minutes. Check the company websites for other itineraries and more information. The intercity bus terminal of Águas de São Pedro is located at the city center, near Praça dos Rouxinóis.
Águas de São Pedro is reached by Rodovia Geraldo de Barros (SP-304), which links the city to São Pedro and Piracicaba
Most hotels and pousadas are located in the city center, which can be easily explored on foot. A car may be convenient to explore the attractions outside the city center, like the mineral water springs or the founder's house, although one with enough time and disposition may explore the hilly city on foot. Another option is to use the (non-stop) touristic train rides, taken at Parque Municipal Dr. Octavio Moura Andrade.
Praça Dr. Octávio MouraThe city's main square, a beautiful place containing a pond and several decorations.
Grand Hotel São PedroSee #Sleep section.
Igreja Matriz Imaculada Conceiçãoaddress: R. Raul Ribeiro da Costa, 59-61The city's central church, a modern building with the shape of a cross. The square in the front of the church contains a statue of St. James, as a reference to "Caminho do Sol" pilgrimage route.
Mini-Hortophone: +55 19 3482-0385address: Rua Raul Ribeiro da Costa, no numberGreen space designed for relaxation and medidation, containing fountain, trails, gardens and aquarium. It is part of the "Caminho do Sol" pilgrimage route, containing the Casa de Santiago monument.
Mini-Pantanaladdress: Rua dos Curiós, no numberA small version of the Pantanal next to the Araquá river, containing a lake with alligators, capybaras and several types of birds.
phone: +55 19 3482-1333address: Av. Carlos Mauro, s/nThe city's famous public bath facility, offering mineral spring baths and several other spa treatments. A 20-minute hot sulphurous water bath (with the 2nd highest concentration of sulphur in the World) costs R$ 15.
Fontanário Municipaladdress: Av. Carlos Mauro, s/nHere one can drink (for free) the city's three types of therapeutic waters.
Parque Municipal Dr. Octavio Moura Andradephone: +55 19 3482-1811address: Av. Carlos Mauro, s/nThe large park, with 1.2 million square meters, offers several light and family-friendly activities, like horse rides, touristic train rides and cultural events. The park also contains a forest with a trail.
Av. Carlos Mauro is the town's highly tourist-oriented shopping street. There is a supermarket at Praça dos Rouxinóis.
phone: +55 19 3482-3232address: Av. Carlos Mauro, 318 - CentroItalian restaurant.
address: Rodovia SP304, km 190As the name says, the restaurant has a small lake, offering activities for children. Fish, Brazilian and Italian food.
phone: +55 19 3482-7600address: Av. Carlos Mauro, no numberThe "Grand Hotel" is not only a luxury resort hotel, but also a technical school and the city's main historical attraction, open to the public. Facilities include a golf camp, swimming pools, spa, sport centers, a gastronomic center and pleasant green areas.
- São Pedro - Much larger but less famous than Águas de São Pedro, São Pedro boasts beautiful waterfalls and great spots for hiking and adventure
- Piracicaba - Lively city with a nice riverside and several historical attractions