São José dos Campos (SJC)
With an estimated population of almost 700.000, São José dos Campos (SJC) is presently the 4th largest city in the state of São Paulo, and the largest and most important in the Paraíba Valley. Its area was first occupied in 1590 by a cattle farm, where today is the borderline between SJC and Jacarei cities. It received the status of town in April 22, 1864 and received its present name in 1871.
SJC is one of the largest industrial and technological centers of the country and the home of well known research centers, such as the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE), the Comando-Geral de Tecnologia Aeroespacial (DCTA), the Instituto Tecnológico da Aeronáutica (ITA), the Universidade do Vale do Paraíba (UNIVAP), and the Universidade Estadual Paulista "Julio de Mesquita Filho" (UNESP). São José dos Campos is also the home of EMBRAER (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica), the 3rd largest aircraft company in the world, the largest and second oldest GM (General Motors) plant in Brazil, started 1958, and many other technological and electronics industries, totaling more than 700 companies.
Due to its privileged geographical position, between the mountain chains of Mantiqueira and Serra do Mar, SJC is very close to excellent leisure opportunities at the beach or up in the mountains. It is located between the metropolitan areas of Rio de Janeiro (330 km North), in Rio de Janeiro state, and São Paulo (80 km South), the two largest Brazilian cities.
How to get to SJC from São Paulo International Airport (Guarulhos)
From São Paulo International Airport to São José dos Campos take the Rodovia Presidente Dutra (Highway São Paulo-Rio de Janeiro. Distance: 79 Km = 50 Miles) or take the Rodovia Ayrton Senna (Rodovia dos Trabalhadores), drive 65 km and then merge to Rodovia Presidente Dutra driving more 23 km until São José dos Campos-SP (total of 88 km).
By Bus - Company Pássaro MarromTelephone numbers: (011) 6445-2505, 6445-3783 and 6445-3811
Terminal of Passengers 2 - wing D - Arrival Floor
Schedule of departures from the Airport to São José dos Campos:
Schedule of departures from São José dos Campos to the Airport:
Ticket Price: R$ 15,00 = US$ 7,00
By Taxi - Special TaxisTelephone Number: (011) 6440-7070.
Terminal of Passengers 2 - wing C - Arrival Floor
Estimated Price: R$ 200,00 = US$ 90,00
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Region Main Attractions
São José dos Campos
Parque da Cidade (City Park)
Former house of the Olivio Gomes family. The architectonic design is signed by Rino Levi and landscaping is by Roberto Burle Marx. The park has a great nature area, lake and artificial island, besides tracks for hiking.
Santos Dummont Park
Located in the neighborhood of Vila Adyana, close to downtown São José dos Campos, the park has fish-breeding lakes and lots of birds and has 2 elementary schools. The park houses a unit of the third prototype of the Bandeirante airplane, used by the old National Aeronautics and Space Commission, presently, INPE - National Institute for Space Research. Its located on Rua Eng. Prudente Meirelles de Moraes, 1000.
The marshes of São José dos Campos are one of the most beautiful sights of the city, a true postcard. Its green area can be seen form many sites. Locals like to enjoy sunsets there.
Campos do Jordão
Parque Estadual de Campos do Jordão (Campos do Jordão State Park) Created in 1941, the park, also known as "Horto Florestal", offers tracks to hiking, snack-bar, ice-cream parlor, chapel, greenhouse, gymnastics area and picnic areas, restaurant, and souvenir shop. Open daily (from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.). Address: Av. Pedro Paulo.