A small village high in the Serra do Mar mountain range that may be best reached by train, Paranapiacaba was built a long time ago by the English to provide a train depot in the mountains for resupply. Nowadays, the many railroad artifacts are publicly preserved or in the railroad museum, along with a number of English-style cottages, making it a pleasant getaway in the fog-shrouded mountains.
Even more alluring to adventurers is its access to the Serra do Mar and numerous colorful rainforest hikes (best tackled with a local guide). We suggest taking the 15 km (9.3 mile) trek through Quilombo Valley toward the coast, passing through the Itaguacu and Titiguapara peaks. A stunning walk, just make sure to bring some bug spray!
Note:Paranapiacaba is a little over an hour toward the coast from Sao Paulo. Be aware that because it is a small town it can't be counted on that many people will speak English.