ABOUT SANTOS: Santos is located
in the state of Sao Paulo, 72km from São
Paulo City. It is the major city on the coast of
Sao Paulo, and there live about 418.000 people.
The distance to Guaruja beach is approx 13km, to
Ilhabela 148km, to Ubatuba 241km, to Paraty 301km,
and to the port in Angra dos Reis 400km.
HOW IS SANTOS:
Santos is the largest city on the São Paulo
State coast and it has excellent structure for commerce
and services. The city was initially known for its
important port, which in the beginning of the 20th
century became the largest in Latin America, mainly
as a result of the export of coffee. In the 1960s
Santos became furthermore famous for being home
for the “King of Football” Mr. Pele,
who played for Santos Football Club. Today, Santos
is proud of having the largest beach garden in the
world: 5.3 km (3.3 mi) along the shore. Here one
can relax and enjoy the atmosphere of a seaside
city, biking, jogging or just walk along the beautiful
beach promenade. With a wider avenue instead of
the beach park, with lighter colored sand, and with
the Corcovado Mountain & the Sugar Loaf, then
Santos would be about what Rio de Janeiro City is.
Santos continental area conserves the dense Atlantic
Rain Forest vegetation, guaranteeing excellent outings
for those who enjoy ecotourism and adventure tourism.
The port is also used for sailing luxurious cruiser
ships that frequent Santos and the Brazilian coast
from October to April. There are also urban outings,
such as museums, historical constructions, churches,
and many others; attracting tourists from all over
the country and the world.
HOW TO GO:
By Air: Arriving the airports in Sao Paulo (Congonhas
/ CGH) or (Guarulhos / GRU), Packtours can arrange
convenient TAXI service to Santos, it may take slightly
more than one hour to go. By Road: It is possible
to go to Santos via the Immigrants Highway (SP-160)
or via the Anchieta Highway (SP-150). Packtours
rent cars, which is recommended for the more experienced
traveler, (advantage to be Portuguese Speaking).
But for those that give priority to convenience
and security, we arrange TAXI service as well between
Santos and Sao Paulo, and for budget travelers it
exists public buses.
TO GO / CLIMATE: The annual mean
temperature stays around 22ºC – with
a maximum of 30ºC, and minimum of 15ºC.
The climate in Santos is humid and summer time it
is hot and winter months moderate temperatures.
The rain season is during summer months, last from
November to March and the “winter” is
the dry season last March to October.
International Triathlon Championship
It is held annually in the month of February. It
gathers a large number of triathletes from several
parts of the world.
de Santos Marine Park
This Marine Park is 45 km (28 mi) from the coast
and is considered to be one of the best diving points
along the Brazilian coast. The depth varies from
18 (59 ft) to 40 meters (131 ft), and visibility
can reach 40 meters (131 ft). It includes crags;
reefs, which are underwater rocks; and the marine
slab, which is the definition for a marine crag
without vegetation and whose shape resembles a whale.
The marine slab is 55 meters (180.5 ft) long, 33
meters (108 ft) high and 185 (607 ft) meters wide,
and it has a Marine lighthouse. It also includes
a complex known as the “cemetery of anchors”,
comprised of several of these pieces that got caught
in the coral reef that surrounds the rock, as well
as a sunk fishing boat, which has become a nursery
for marine animals.
This beach is near the border with São Vicente
and it receives many surfers. It has the Submarine
Outfall Platform where the Pelé Museum will
Gonzaga is the nicest and liveliest part of Santos,
where the hotels are situated and were shopping
malls, beach kiosks and restaurants can be found.
The Bandeiras (flag) Square has a Tourist Information
Post and it is the final stop for the sightseeing
tour, know Santos by bus.
It has a Convenience Island with a Tourist Information
Post, a Police Post, an ATM and bathrooms. It also
has a modern architectonic complex. The Arts and
Crafts Fair is held here on Saturday afternoons.
It is located in front of the Smaller Saint Anthony
of Embaré Basilica. It has several kiosks
with snack bars that gather many young people.
Its main point is the Fonte do Sapo (Frog Fountain)
where children play, skate and ride bikes. The Senior
Citizen Dance is held there late Sunday afternoons.
of the Beach
The ships can be admired from this site as they
enter and leave the Port of Santos. On weekends,
the Garden of Arts is held here with painting exhibits
by local artists. Channel 6 and Channel 7 are also
on the Tip of the Beach, a district that also includes
regatta clubs, the ferryboat – exit for ferryboats
to Guarujá – and the Edgard Perdigão
Bridge. It is also known as the Practical Bridge,
and the embarkations to the Laje de Santos ecological
reserve and the small boats to the Barra Fortress
depart from here.
This is the most important historical-military monument
in the State of São Paulo and it enriches
the landscapes topography. The walls or defensive
curtains prop up two overlaid platforms and then
unite towards the Góes beach, totaling 300
meters (985 ft). There are gate houses in the lower
platform that used to be towers for sentries. The
upper platform holds the main building, called the
barracks, and it measures nearly 800 square meters
(8611 sq. ft.). It also has an old weapons area
that extends to an entrance called the “Spanish
gate”. The cannons that used to be in the
fortress are spread about museums in the entire
This is the first public aquarium in Brazil with
an area of 1000 square meters (10,764 sq. ft.),
inaugurated in 1945. Approximately 500 thousand
people per year pass through the second most visited
park in the State, surpassed only by the São
This permits a general view of the main marine groups
in Brazil and several parts of the world, since
90% of the material on exhibit comes from overseas,
from the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. It
originated with a collection of shells, and its
21 thousand samples correspond to the largest collection
of mollusks in the country. Two giant Tridacna Gigas
mollusks stand out. The largest measures 1 meter,
weighs 148 kilos and is from the Philippines.
A 23 meter (75 ft) whale skeleton is on exhibit
as are stuffed marine fauna, processed in the museum’s
Taxidermy Section. The Sands and Shells Room gathers
samples of sand from several beaches along the Brazilian
coast. On the ground floor, the Petrobrás
Ludic Wing encompasses three thematic areas: The
Sea Room simulates the ecosystems that cover the
sea – sandy bottom, sandy beach, rocky coast
and mangrove; from the ground level and basement
of the room, animals and plants made of resin can
be observed through glass; and in the Boat Room,
the feeling of the prow of a sailboat is simulated
as you handle an ancient helm that moves a platform
and changes the course shown on the compass.
The neo-Gothic architecture of the Smaller Saint
Anthony of Embaré Basilica is seen in the
point arcs, stained glass windows and rosettes.
Although the Gothic demands representations of Christ
and Our Lady, the Basilica has an effigy of the
This was the first professionalizing school in the
country and it has courses in nutrition, metallurgy
and high school extension. The project by engineer
Ramos de Azevedo foresaw a five-block division,
similar to hospital pavilions.
of the Beach Piers
Although defined as structures built on pillars
over the sea and buried in the ground, destined
to serve as docks, in Santos the piers gather visitors
with two pleasant beer houses. They provide a privileged
view of the ships as they enter and leave the port,
the fishing boats setting out for high seas, tourist
yachts and the impressive Barra Fortress. Measuring
70 meters (230 ft) long and more than 30 meters
(99 ft) wide, the two establishments, with approximately
230 square meters (2475 sq. ft.), have capacity
for nearly 400 people.
Although the city has 19 canals that are from 50
(164 ft) to 3450 meters (11,319 ft) long, those
that empty on the beach are more popularly known
as numbers 1 thru 7 and the serve as a reference
for any place you want to go.
There are several outings to get to know Santos
Bay, passing by the Barra Fortress, Palmas Island,
Góes, Cheira Limão and Sangava Beaches
– located in Guarujá – and Urubuqueçaba
Island , on the border with São Vicente.
You can also see, from a different view point, the
beaches of José Menino, Pompéia, Gonzaga,
Boqueirão, Embaré, Aparecida and Ponta
da Praia, all in Santos. In the opposite direction,
through the Bertioga Canal and the estuary, the
highlights are the port and its warehouses, the
ancient constructions of the State of São
Paulo Dock Company (Codesp), Barnabé Island,
the Santos Air Base and Diana island – where
a community of 200 fishermen live, mangroves and
part of the Santos continental area.
Santos Bus Line
These air-conditioned microbuses have capacity for
25 passengers. They operate on Saturdays, Sundays
and holidays, departing at 9Am, 11AM, 2PM, and 4PM.
The starting point is the Bandeiras Square in the
Car Tourist Line
It covers the streets and squares in the Historical
Center for 10 minutes and includes guides and members
of the "Grandma Knows All" program - elderly
who tell curious tales of the local past. The open
vehicle is from the 1920s and it began to run again
in September 2000 after being restored.
The high point of this outing is the waterfalls,
which is nearly 10 meters (33 ft) high and falls
upon a rock, forming a natural pool. Large trees
– some with identifications on their trunks
– delimit the main trail. Cabuçu is
from Tupi-Guarani and means “large wasp”.
The farm represents a historical reference for the
Santos area since it served as shelter for the Company
of Jesus, which during the colonization period,
set up a post to convert Indians on that site.
Standing 260 meters (853 ft) high, the Caeté
Lookout can be reached over a steep 1200 meter (3937
ft) long trail, ideal for visitors interested in
practicing intense physical exercise.
Murrah buffalo are raised here in an area that calls
people's attention due to the rural scenery, very
unusual in a typically beach city. The estate has
82 hectares and lies in the Diana River valley.
The river waters change suddenly from crystal clear
to dark as a result of the organic matter in suspension
as it flows over the plateau. There is diversified
fauna and several species of vegetation along not
very long trails, appropriate for children and the
A few kilometers by car, a quick boat crossing and
a journey by trolley through the Atlantic Forest
takes you to the Itatinga Village trails. Besides
the walks, you can enjoy the beach of stones formed
by the Itatinga river, which in Tupi-Guarani means
“white stone”. It has some simple and
other steep trails that can reach 730 meters (2395
ft) high and provide a beautiful view of the ruins
that tell the story of the Jesuit missions, the
Itatinga, Itapanhaú Rivers and the scenery
from Bertioga to Alcatrazes Island.
The Jurubatuba and Jurubatuba-Mirim rivers form
paths in their valleys where the water and natural
pools created along their way call attention. They
belong to a complex of Southeast basins where the
rivers head straight to the Atlantic Ocean. The
abundance and purity of the waters are responsible
for the important existing gathering system that
supplies the neighboring city of Guarujá.
In Tupi-Guarani, Jurubatuba means “happy place’.
Considered as the largest port in Latin America,
its installations occupy 7.7 million square meters
and approximately 14 km in length, stretching to
both margins of the estuary to Guarujá and
Cubatão, where we find the Paulista Steel
Company (Cosipa) and Ultrafértil terminals.
Almost 40% of the GDP passes through the Port of
The Museum of Brazilian Coffees is here and its
Auction Room has the same hardwood benches that
used to accommodate the old brokers. The domelike
pink and white ceiling has a skylight in the center
with stained glass by Benedicto Calixto, the artist
who is also responsible for the frescoes that portray
the different phases of Santos history. The building
also has the Coffee Preparation Center (CPC) that
gives courses on the subject, the Museum’s
Coffee Shop where you can enjoy export quality Brazilian
coffee, a library and a restaurant. A collection
of objects connected to the product completes the
four floor exhibit.
Also known as the Valongo Station, the Santos-Jundiaí
Railroad presents influence from Victorian English
architecture, resembling the Victoria Station in
of the First Order of Carmo
Although raised 150 years before the Church of the
Third Order of Carmo, it is connected to the latter
by a tower with a belfry built for economic reasons
to serve both churches, thus creating an uncommon
baroque façade. Overlaid
with original Marian tiles from the 17th Century,
this tower is topped with a dome and a narrow balcony.
It also has Benedicto Calixto paintings and hardwood
benches for the clergy. It is all gold-plated, as
are the eight side altars. The first one, to the
right, has a copy of the image of Our Lady of Mount
Serrat from Catalonia (Spain), donated by the then
Spanish colony since she was the patron saint of
of the Third Order of Carmo
Internally, the four columns that support the choir
loft have basins of holy water. They were carved
into the ‘singing stone’, the same material
as the pulpit console and the sink of holy water
(1710). The name comes from the habit the slaves
had of singing to mark the rhythm for the joint
effort that permitted the removal of blocks of rock
from the mine.
The city’s mother church is in neo-Gothic
style resembling the European temples. The layout
was designed by the Prussian engineer Maximilian
Hell, who was also responsible for the Sé
Cathedral architecture in São Paulo.
This important sample of the Franciscan fathers’
constructions has a large cross in the space in
front of the building. Before the nave, the gallery
that was used to congregate the community was expanded
in Brazil because it created a shaded area that
alleviated the rigorous climate.
This landmark is in the heart of the city, and at
the top it has the Our Lady of Mount Serrat Sanctuary,
the patron saint of Saints and celebrated on September
8. It is accessed by trolley, which operates on
funicular system rails; or a stairway with 415 steps,
with 14 niches containing Via Sacra representations.
Located 157 meters above sea level, it permits a
360 degree view of the city and partial views of
the cities of São Vicente, Cubatão,
Guarujá and Praia Grande.
It is located in the old São Bento Monastery
building. Inaugurated in 1981, it has a collection
of nearly 600 pieces, more than 400 of which are
This is the landmark for the foundation of the city.
The Archive Foundation and Memory of Santos building
is here with photographic and document collections,
a library, and an exhibit of photos and engravings.
It contains the mortal remains of José Bonifácio
de Andrada e Silva, the Patriarch of Independence,
and his brothers, Antônio Carlos, Martim Francisco
and Father Patrício Manuel. It was inaugurated
September 7, 1923. The building’s architecture
was inspired on the Masonic temples, because Bonifácio
was the first Grand Master Mason in Brazil.
The Chico Mendes Botanical Garden with its 90 thousand
square meters of green area is responsible for the
production of seedlings that supply the beach garden
and all other public places in the city. It has
a live collection with more than 300 vegetal species,
divided into 20 collections. The most prominent
are the samples from the Amazon, the Atlantic Forest,
the hardwood trees, the Brazil-wood woods –
inaugurated in 2001 – and 65 qualities of
palm tree, including the Imperial Palm used for
lining Ana Costa Avenue with trees.
The Urbano Caldeira Stadium – the “Alçapão
da Vila” (Vila Trap) – is where the
history of the team that projected the name of the
city of Santos to the world was made. The glories
of the club are exhibited in the Trophy Room, with
more than 500 pieces won in several modalities,
such as professional and amateur soccer, volleyball,
basketball, judo and karate.