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A cinema complex at the ABC Plaza mall by the train station[http://www.cinemark.com.br].
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Another in the old "Mappin" mall. [http://www.playarte.com.br/Cinema/Default.asp?pid=ABC]
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* '''Hiking at Paranapiacaba district''': the  rainforest surrounding the Paranapiacaba village is a State Park and offers many excellent hiking opportunities, including a 15km hike right down to the coast,through the Vale do Quilombo. The hiring of guides is a good idea, since the rainforest is dense and people have been known to get lost; you can do this through the Paranapiacaba Environmental Monitors' Association, (11) 4439-0155, or ask around in the village. Paranapiacaba is familiar enough with tourism and the locals are friendly and happy to help; though as with most of the area, English is not widely spoken.
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* <do name="Trem dos Ingleses" alt="" address="" directions="at Museu Ferroviário, Paranapiacaba village" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.abpfsp.com.br/passeio_trem.htm" hours="sun, 10-16" price="R$ 3">Steam locomotive ride in part of the original train line of São Paulo railway. Takes about 20 minutes.</do>
  
 
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Revision as of 10:23, 20 March 2012

Santo André is one of the municipalities that composes the metropolitan area of São Paulo. The municipality is divided into two districts roughly of the same size:

  • The main district in the Northwest, predominantly urban and more commonly referred simply as the "City of Santa André";
  • The Paranapiacaba district in the Southeast, predominantly covered by the Atlantic rainforest. The district contains the historical village of Paranapiacaba, and is a major destination for ecotourism.

Get in

By train

Line 10-Turquoise is the main rail connection between Santo André and the city center of São Paulo. The quality of the trains of this line is good, similar to the metro. The main station Prefeito Celso Daniel-Santo André is located in the city center of Santo André.

To go to the Paranapiacaba village, it is needed to get off at Rio Grande da Serra station, and take a bus to Paranapiacaba next to the drug store.

It is possible to go to Paranapiacaba directly by train using a touristic train operated by CPTM, but only on sundays (except the 2nd sunday of each month). Check the CPTM website for exact dates and detailed information.

By bus

Intermunicipal buses operated by EMTU go from the Jabaquara metro station to the city center of Santo André. As with most intermunicipal buses, you cannot use a Bilhete Único and no discount is given if you have used other forms of public transportation.

By car

The city centers of São Paulo and Santo André are connected by Avenida do Estado. To get to the village of Paranapiacaba, it is possible to take local roads from Rodovia Anchieta.

Get around

The two districts of Santo André are separated by the Billings reservoir, and hence there is no direct connection between them. To get from the city center of Santo André to Paranapiacaba, it is necessary to pass through Mauá, Ribeirão Pires and Rio Grande da Serra.

See

  • Central Park (Parque Central), Rua José Bonifácio.
  • Santo André Municipal Theater (Teatro Municipal Santo André), Praça IV Centenário 1.
  • Paranapiacaba village. The historical village was built by the English company São Paulo Railway, around the train station Alto da Serra. The architecture and many constructions of the village have been preserved until nowadays. Although the train station has been rebuilt twice, it keeps the original clock made by Johnny Walker Benson. Paranapiacaba maintains its original function of a railway village, but now only cargo trains pass through it (with exception of the touristic train operated by CPTM). The rail yards are somewhat of a train graveyard, with many rusting old wrecks that one can look through. The railroad museum gives a privileged view of the village. The village can also be used as a base to explore the exhuberant Atlantic rainforest of the district of same name.

Do

  • Hiking at Paranapiacaba district: the rainforest surrounding the Paranapiacaba village is a State Park and offers many excellent hiking opportunities, including a 15km hike right down to the coast,through the Vale do Quilombo. The hiring of guides is a good idea, since the rainforest is dense and people have been known to get lost; you can do this through the Paranapiacaba Environmental Monitors' Association, (11) 4439-0155, or ask around in the village. Paranapiacaba is familiar enough with tourism and the locals are friendly and happy to help; though as with most of the area, English is not widely spoken.
  • Trem dos Ingleses, (at Museu Ferroviário, Paranapiacaba village), [1]. sun, 10-16. Steam locomotive ride in part of the original train line of São Paulo railway. Takes about 20 minutes. R$ 3.

Buy

The traditional shopping district is centred around the pedestrian Oliveira Lima street.

Eat

Drink

Most nightlife is concentrated in the Bairro Jardim

Sleep

There is no budget hotel in town. A possibility is to go to a motel and negotiate a daily rate.

  • Hotel Plaza Mayor, [2].
  • Ibis, [3].
  • Mercure, [4].

Contact

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