10 Things To Do in Campinas

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Source: A C Moraes

Campinas is a municipality in Brazil, in the state of Sao Paulo. The population of the city is 1,164,098 as of 2015 making it the 14th most populous city in Brazil. The total area of Campinas is 795.667 kilometers squared in the municipality and 3,645 kilometers squared in the metro area.

1. Explore the famous churches around

There are a lot of magnificent churches in Campinas that you should really visit. Most of them are very ancient and has really good stories behind the mesmerising architecture. The churches that you should visit in town are Igreja Evangelica Nova Jerusalem, Santuario Nossa Senhora Desatadora Dos Nos, Basilica Nossa Senhora does Carmo, Nossa Senhora da Conceicao Metropolitan Cathedral and Igreja Santa Rita de Cassia.

2. Stroll around Parque Portugal

If you want to relax during your vacation at Campinas then strolling around Parque Portugal is a great idea, you can also practice sports or do some exercises in the area for that healthy living. Who says you can’t do that on a vacation? Well, the game has changed because Parque Portugal is the best place to be.

3. Shop around the city

Most of the people in a vacation would absolutely go shopping to buy some souvenirs and gifts or even international brands. Well, you wouldn’t have a hard time doing that in Campinas. In Parque D. Pedro Shopping, they’ve got everything you need. It is also one of the biggest malls in Sao Paulo just located at the city centre of Campinas.

4. Ride around Passeio de Maria Fumaca Campinas – Jaguariuna

Passeio de Maria Fumaca Campinas is a small trip around Campinas in a well-preserved train that is assembled many years ago and are still in good working condition. There are also tour guides in the small trip to give you more information as the train goes around farms and landscapes.


  • Name: Passeio de Maria Fumaca Campinas
  • Address: R. Dr. Antonio Duarte da Conceicao, 1501 | Anhumas Train Station, Campinas, State of Sao Paulo 13091-606, Brazil
  • Access: 15 minutes away from Parque Portugal
  • Price: $5USD
  • Phone: +55 19 3207 3637
  • Opening hour: Monday-Sunday 7:00AM-6:00PM
  • Website: http://www.mariafumacacampinas.com.br/passeio/como-chegar/#_=_

5. Walk around Bosque dos Jequitibas

Bosque dos Jequitibas is a park with a museum and a zoo. It is a really great place to walk around and have fun with the kids. The park is just located near downtown and there are a lot of bus lines and taxis that would go to this park so transportation is not a problem. It is also a great way to get away from the busy city.


  • Name: Bosque dos Jequitibas
  • Address: Rua Coronel Quirino, 02, Centro | Bosque, Campinas, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Access: 10 minutes away from Basilica Nossa Senhora do Carmo
  • Price: $5USD
  • Phone: (19) 3231-8795
  • Opening hour: Tuesday-Sunday 6:00AM-6:00PM
  • Website: http://www.sp.turismo.com/campinas/bosque-jequitibas.html#_=_

6. Taste some of the finest food

Explore the wonders of Campinas by tasting different kinds of food in the best restaurants that they have. It is a great and unique way to enjoy your vacation in town. Here are some of our recommendations: Tomyam SouthEast Asia, Maria Antonieta Boulangerie E Patisserie, Cantina Brunelli, Pizzeria Braz, Cantina Fellini, Theo Medeiros, Estacao Marupiara, Kilimanjaro and Restaurante Rosario.

7. Have a walk around Torre do Castelo

In Torre do Castelo, you will be able to have 360-degree view of the city and there would be some explanations about the historic buildings around the area. It is a good idea to walk around the area during sunset since the view then would be very awesome and magical. The best thing is that it is free to visit and there are many stairs for you to climb.

8. Visit Observatorio de Capricornio

Observatorio de Capricornio is a good place to visit in a starry evening as you will be able to see the milky way. It is a very remarkable experience that you will surely love. There are also wonderful landscapes along the road. Observatorio de Capricornio is also a nice place for a bike ride or just walking around.


  • Name: Observatorio de Capricornio
  • Address: Estr. Serra das Cabras, s/n | Joaquim Egídio, Campinas, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Access: 18 minutes away from Passeio de Maria Fumaca Campinas
  • Price: $3USD
  • Phone: (19) 3298-6566
  • Opening hours: Sunday 5:00PM-9:00PM
  • Website: http://observatorio.campinas.sp.gov.br/#_=_

9. Visit Moises Lucarelli stadium

A unique way to enjoy Campinas is to visit their famous stadium called Moises Lucarelli Stadium. This stadium is the only one that is built by fans that collected money to buy all the materials and offered their own labour for free. This place is also a good place for an exercise or a run.


  • Name: Moises Lucarelli stadium
  • Address: Praca Francisco Ursaia, 1900 | Jd Proenca, Campinas, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Access: 10 minutes away from Basilica Nossa Senhora do Carmo
  • Price: Free
  • Phone: (19) 2101-7210
  • Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8:00AM-6:00PM
  • Website: http://pontepreta.com.br/home/#_=_


10. Learn about Campinas’ history at the museums

One way to enjoy your visit in Campinas is to learn about its history and experience what it’s like to live in the past by visiting one of the museums they have. It is surely a great way to be able to get to know Campinas in a unique way. The museums in town are Museu Exploratório de Ciência – Unicamp, MACC Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Campinas, and Museu de História Natural de Campinas.

Have a good trip and travel!