Amparo remains as one of the cities of the state with most preserved heritage from the coffee farming era. Other attractions of the city are its mineral springs, rural tourism, eno- and ecotourism.
The intercity bus terminal is in the historic center, near the Municipal Market, making intercity buses an attractive option to get in the city. Buses from Campinas are operated by Expresso Metropolis and from São Paulo by Rápido Fênix. Buses are not that frequent so reserving in advance is a good idea.
- From Campinas: Take Rod. D. Pedro (SP-065) towards Jacareí and then take Rod. Campinas-Mogi Mirim (SP-340) towards Jaguariúna. In Jaguariúna, take Rod. João Beira (SP-095) towards Pedreira and Amparo.
- From São Paulo: Take Rod. Fernão Dias (BR-381), and in Atibaia, take Rod. D. Pedro (SP-065) towards Campinas. Then take SP-360 towards Morungaba and Amparo.
It is possible explore the city center on foot, although the area is relatively large and contains ladders. You can cycle alongside the Camanducaia river, but for exploring the city, be prepared for the ladders and brick roads. A car is recommended if you plan to explore the countryside of municipality.
Museu Histórico e Pedagógico Bernardino de Camposphone: +55 19 3807-2742address: Rua Luiz Leite, 7Small palace constructed in 1885 to be home of a local ariscrat, Colonel Luíz de Souza Leite. It later became the Amparo's city hall and the city council hall. It is now a museum with 15,000 pieces, mostly from the 19th century, and is considered to be the most relevant museum of the Circuito das Águas.
Praça Monsenhor João Batista Lisboaaddress: CenterAmparo's main square, containing some buildings of interest:
Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora do AmparoAmparo's central church, in neoclassic style, inaugurated in 1878.
Biblioteca Municipal Carlos FerreiraThe municipal library, founded in 1900 and containing about 23,000 volumes.
Sociedade Italianaaddress: Praça Monsenhor João Batista LisboaBuilding constructed in 1901 by the Italian community. It was the city hall of Amparo until 2008.
Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosário
Santa Casa Ana Cintra
Hospital da Beneficência Portuguesa de Amparo
Largo da Estação
Old Amparo train stationThe old train station that was operated by Companhia Mogiana and inaugurated in 1875. The last train departed to Monte Alegre do Sul in 2 January 1967.
Pinacoteca Dr. Constâncio CintraArt museum founded in 1975, containing about 400 works.
Igreja de São Benedito
Etec João Belarmino
EEPG Luiz Leite
Patronato Jesus Crucificado
Parks and nature
Parque Turístico do Cristo Redentoraddress: Rodovia Amparo-ItapiraPark with a statue of the Redeemer Christ and a panoramic view of the city.
Festival de Invernoaddress: Praça Pádua Salles (Largo da Estação)The annual Winter Festival consists of shows are scheduled for the whole month of July. All kinds of bands are invited to the city, from sertanejo (a Brazilian form of country music) to heavy metal. Ballet and plays are often part of it. Although the event is more oriented toward city residents, it's a touristic event and July might be the best time to visit Amparo.
Amparo's main shopping street is R. Treze de Maio, with shops mainly oriented to locals, not tourists. Locally made handcrafts are sold at Centro de Artesanato in the old train station.
Farolphone: +55 19 3817-1227address: Rua Treze de Maio 336
phone: +55 19 3808-1800address: R. Dr. Osvaldo Cruz, 14Pizzeria.
Ney Lanchesphone: +55 19 3817-3672address: R. Manoel Heitor, 136
Ponto 8phone: +55 19 3807-8014address: Pç Monsenhor João Batista Lisboa, no number
Restaurante Guaranyphone: +55 19 3808-8989address: Rua Comendador Guimarães, 500
Rovigophone: +55 19 3807-9890address: R. 15 de Novembro, 45Pizzaria.
Tucão Lanchesphone: +55 19 3808-1261address: Rua Dr Plínio Amaral, 85
phone: +55 19 3817-2161address: Av. Bernardino de Campos, 1340Pizzeria.
Botequim do Rosário
phone: +55 19 3808-3389address: Rua Treze de Maio, 17 - CentroDance club, one of the largest of the Paulista Water Circuit.
address: Av. Dr. Carlos Burgos, 1630 - CentroLarge bar with live Brazilian music (various styles).
Ancona Canter Hotel
Bougainville Hotel Fazenda
Chalés & Cia.
Grande Hotel Amparo
Hotel Fazenda Vanguarda
Hotel Resort Canto da Floresta
Maranim Plaza Hotel
Pousada Coisas da Terra e do Céu
Pousada Dois Lagos
Pousada Fazenda São Joaquim
Amparo is a safe city, with violent crime being far less common than petty crime. The roads around the city are quite dark during the night, so drive carefully in this situation.
- Monte Alegre do Sul - Small town founded by Italian immigrants, with a charming historic center and renowned cachaça brewers