Jundiaí

Jundiaí

Jundiaí is a city in the Campinas Region of São Paulo state. More than just a medium-sized city between São Paulo and Campinas, Jundiaí is renowned by its wineries and traditional fruit farms open to visitors, as well as by the Serra de Japi, a rainforest-covered mountain range with unique characteristics.

Understand

In 1615, the region called by Native Brazilians as "Jundiahi" was settled by bandeirante Rafael de Oliveira. Jundiaí was officially recognized as a village in 1655, and dedicated itself to mining on its early decades of existence, followed soon by a period of economical stagnation. This started to change in 1785 with the boom of agriculture, including fruit cultivation, which is still one of the main characteristics of the region today. With the inauguration of the train station in 1867, Jundiaí started receiving a lot of European immigrants (from Italy, Spain and England) and became a major agricultural exporter.

In the twentieth century, industry in Jundiaí has steadily developed and the city is today one of the most attractive places in the state for industries. Unfortunately, despite the agricultural and industrial prosperity, the somewhat disorganized population growth lead Jundiaí to have rates of social and crime problems which are significantly high for a city of its size.

Most visitors come to Jundiaí to relax in its charming countryside, or to adventure in the Serra do Japi. But as the only large city of the state outside the São Paulo metro area to still have a fully operational passenger train station, urban Jundiaí contains important testimonies of the shining days of rail transport in Brazil. Not by coincidence, Jundiaí is likely to be the first city in the state to have a rapid train service, around 2016.

Get in

By car

Jundiaí is easily accessible from either São Paulo (50 minutes) or Campinas (40 minutes) by Rod. Anhanguera (SP-330). From São Paulo, a frequently used alternative is to take Rod. dos Bandeirantes (SP-348), and change to Rod. Anhanguera shortly before arriving in Jundiaí.

By train

The 1867 Jundiaí station.

Jundiaí is one of the few places outside the São Paulo metro area where it is possible to arrive by train. The CPTM train of Line 7-Ruby, that departs from Luz station in São Paulo, is ridiculously cheap (same price as a regular CPTM/Metrô ticket) but since it is a stop train, it is a tad slow (takes at least 1:20 hours, plus transfer time at Francisco Morato station). The train can also get overcrowded at peak hours, making it a good option only if you have small luggage and are on a tight budget. The Jundiaí train station is about 1.7 km from the city center, and approximately the same distance to Museu da Companhia Paulista.

By bus

Getting to Jundiaí by bus is a far more comfortable option than the CPTM train. The intercity bus terminal of Jundiaí is Terminal Rodoviário José Alves, located at Av. 9 de Julho, 4000. A local bus or a taxi is necessary to reach the city center from the terminal.

Buses from both São Paulo and Campinas are quite frequent and seldom require reservation.

Get around

The city center and its attractions can be easily explored on foot. To explore the countryside and the nature around the city, however, you will need a car or hire one of the tour agencies that operate in the city.

See

Museu da Companhia Paulista.

Do

Brook in the Serra do Japi

There are many trails through preserved mata atlântica (Atlantic Forest), with several waterfalls to see.

Open farms

As part of the Circuito das Frutas (Fruit Circuit), Jundiaí contains several farms open to visitors, allowing them to experience the Paulista countryside environment, plus taste and buy wine, fruits and other food.

Theatre and culture

Buy

Eat

Sleep

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