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The city of Campinas is the largest city of Brazil not being the capital of a state, located in the heart of the state of São Paulo, the most populous, rich and industrialized in the country, and only an hour away from the state capital. It has an estimated population of 1,194,094 inhabitants spread over a total area of 794,571 km2 and is also part of the so-called Metropolitan Region of Campinas (RMC), which has a total of 20 cities.

In Brazil, Campinas stands out as a metropolitan hub for having privileged logistics, as it has modern highways, the Viracopos Airport (considered the best in the country), a railway network that connects the city with the port of Santos (largest port complex in Latin America), in addition to the Central Bus Station, considered one of the most beautiful bus terminals in the country, which has total accessibility and departures to all regions of Brazil.

The city is also recognized as the Brazilian capital of science, technology and innovation, after all, it has the largest national RD&I centers, such as the National Research Center
in Energy and Materials – CNPEM, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation – Embrapa, Telecommunications Research and Development Center – CPqD, Eldorado Research Institute, among others, in addition to Unicamp and more than eighteen higher education institutions, which provide qualified labor in all areas of knowledge.

Campinas is still one of the main destinations for business tourism and events in the country, being ranked 9th among the cities that receive the most international events according to the ranking of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). To meet this demand, it has a wide range of excellent hotels and extremely varied and high-quality cuisine.

Despite being a large metropolis, Campinas surprises for having a great quality of life. More than 50% of the city’s territory is considered a rural area and even in urban areas there are more than 460 acres of green areas, which include squares, parks and forests that have been declared natural heritage and Special Areas for Permanent Protection. The districts of Sousas and Joaquim Egídio are part of an environmental protection area with trails and several adventure sports.

Campinas has many historical, technological, religious and cultural sights that we strongly recommend visiting. The highlights are Lagoa do Taquaral, one of the most famous leisure spots in our city, Pedreira do Chapadão, Bosque dos Jequitibás, the place where the city’s zoo is located, and an Ecological Park. The city has two large football stadiums belonging to the centenary clubs Guarani and Ponte Preta, which can also be visited, in addition to official games.

For more information about the city’s sights, visit the website Meet Campinas and Campinas Routes website.