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Introducing Campos Do Jordão

Nestled in the green peaks of Serra da Mantiqueira, 180km northeast of São Paulo, Campos do Jordão is at once a kitsch and rather plain confection. Still, it makes a comfortable base from which to explore the nearby peaks, which are home to some of the last remaining virgin araucária (Paraná pine) forests and proffer spectacular views of the Paraíba valley. There is also a renowned winter classical-music festival in July.

Be aware that the town is a hugely popular winter weekend getaway for Paulistas who enjoy the novelty of wearing woolens. Traffic and prices spike accordingly.