Santos is located in the south of the State of São Paulo in the Brazilian southern coast. Besides its very beautiful beaches, Santos has the most important export harbour of the country and the largest port complex in Latin America; its beautiful churches and museums are a remaining sample of the richness of the old days. First called São Vicente, it is one of the oldest cities in Brazil, founded in 1532.
Departing from the pier the tour starts at the historical side of the city, which keeps many of the old colonial buildings from the beginning of the XVI century. We will visit the Santos Coffee Stock Exchange and enjoy a traditional Brazilian snack: cheese bread and coffee. Built in 1922 to house the world’s main Coffee and Commodities Exchange (Santos was the world’s major coffee trading centre at the time), this building of around 6,000 m², is considered one of the most beautiful in the city. Monumental in construction, and boasting more than 200 doors and windows, it has been home since 1998 to the Coffee Museum, whose coffee is a meeting place for workers in the Historical Centre and a must for tourists.
Afterwards, we will drive along the beaches of Santos with its beautiful residential areas sharing space with gorgeous historical monuments and a continuous garden considered by the Guinness book as being the biggest in the world.
Our next visit is the Orchidarium. The Orchidarium is located on five acres of land and features 6,000 species of orchids in the gardens. This park is definitely one of the most beautiful in the city. It has about 800 animals from 100 different species, including reptiles, birds and mammals that live in an environment similar to the Atlantic Forest. Perfect to enjoy an incredible time admiring the flora, fauna, and stunning scenery before we head back to the pier.
- The order of sights may vary. Itinerary is always subject to adjustments on the day.