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In the Serra da Mantiqueira at an altitude of 5,525 feet, Campos do Jordão and its fresh mountain air are paulistanos' favorite winter attractions. In July temperatures drop as low as 32°F (0°C), though it never snows; in warmer months temperatures linger in the 13°C–16°C (55°F–60°F) range.
In the past some people came for their health (the town was once a tuberculosis treatment area),
others for inspiration—including such Brazilian artists as writer Monteiro Lobato, dramatist Nelson Rodrigues, and painter Lasar Segall. Nowadays the arts continue to thrive, especially during July's Festival de Inverno (Winter Festival), which draws classical musicians from around the world.
Exploring Campos do Jordão without a car is difficult. The attractions are far-flung, except for those at Vila Capivari.
Founded in 1554, Embu, or Embu das Artes, is a tiny Portuguese colonial town of whitewashed houses, old churches, wood-carvers' studios, and...
Ilhabela is favored by those who like the beach and water sports; indeed, many sailing competitions are held here as well as scuba diving. This...