Iguape is a small city in the South Coast of São Paulo state. Iguape is a town from the colonial period that combines beautiful natural surroundings with a charming historic center, a national heritage site. If you do not have plans to visit the most famous Brazilian Colonial cities (such as Ouro Preto or Olinda), then Iguape is certainly worth a visit.


Lagamar in Iguape.

It is speculated that the Spanish settlement in Iguape may have started in 1498, before Brazil was (at least officially) "discovered" by the Portuguese (in 1500). Iguape was officially founded in 1538 after a bloody fight between the Portuguese government and rogue aristocrats.

Iguape remained a quiet place for a long time, until the 19th century, when rice farming brought an economic boom to the city. Many historical constructions in the city are originals from this period. However, with the failure of an attempt to construct a canal for ships in the city, Iguape met economic decline in the early 20th century. For this reason, Iguape is nowadays a small city with an economy based on fishing and tourism.

Get in

By bus

Intersul provides infrequent bus services between Iguape and other cities, including São Paulo and Santos. Reserving in advance is highly recommended.

By car

Iguape has a single access through Rod. Prefeito Casimiro Teixeira (SP-222). The road can be accessed from Rod. Régis Bittencourt (SP-230/BR-116), coming from either São Paulo or Curitiba. There is no direct connection between Iguape and the neighboring coastal city Peruíbe.

Get around

The city's Historic Center can be easily explored on foot. A car will be handy to reach the Juréia beach and explore the Juréia-Itatins Ecological Station.


Historic Center

Iguape's city center contains several constructions from the 17th-19th centuries. The city contains the largest colonial heritage of São Paulo state. As a relatively poor city, Iguape relies on state and federal help to maintain its heritage.

Casa de Fundição is one of the oldest constructions of the city.

Beaches and nature

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