The 10 Best Things to Do in Itapecerica da Serra, Brazil

December 6, 2017 Kandra Bartel

Itapecerica da Serra is a municipality in the state of São Paulo in Brazil. It is part of the Metropolitan Region of São Paulo. The population is 167,236 (2015 est.) in an area of 150.74 km². It is located 23 miles southwest of São Paulo and at an altitude of 920m above sea level. The name Itapecerica is believed to come from the Tupi language for slippery stone, and da Serra means of the Mountains in Portuguese.
Restaurants in Itapecerica da Serra

1. Templo Kinkaku-Ji Do Brasil

Rua Camarao 220 | Chacara Palmeira, Itapecerica da Serra, State of Sao Paulo 06872-390, Brazil +55(11) 4666-4895
Excellent
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4.5 based on 122 reviews

Templo Kinkaku-Ji Do Brasil

Reviewed By Travel_World63 - Sao Paulo, SP

Opened in 1974, this fantastic temple is a replica of the Kinkaku-ji ("Golden Temple" in Japanese) in the imperial city of Kyoto, Japan (which is considered by many as one of the more beautiful temple in the world). Located in a faraway hill of Itapecerica da Serra, the only difficulty is the distance and lack of signalling pane indicating the direction to arrive. This 3-floor temple houses the ashes of deceased loved ones in an area of tranquility, peace and beauty. Built with the same technique of his Japanese original - no nails - the temple was built with blocks of embedded woods. There is a lake surrounding the temple, with turtles, ducks and colorful carp fishes. The dense vegetation has plenty of bushes, orchids, bromeliads, native trees (from "mata Atlântica"), and birdsong. There is a small parking lot (free) and bathroom facilities, but no foods to purchase. It is a splendid and unique way to retain the rests of the relatives. A wonderful and sacred location with great spirituality. Go prepared to be in intimate contact with your most inner and deeper past. Don't miss if you are in the area.

2. Feira de Arte e Artesanato

Largo 21 de Abril e Centro Historico | Centro, Embu das Artes, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Feira de Arte e Artesanato

Daily 9am-6pm

Reviewed By yorom - Canada

Sundays here are fantastic. The vibe is very pleasant, the food is great, the vendors/shop owners are very nice and i feel good here.....far away from the megapolis.
I have often bought art work and i have never had any regrets.
Highly recommended.
PS you should come here on an empty stomach!
PSS although most sellers accept credit cards....you will get a better deal with local cash. ATMs abound in Embu.

3. Fo Guang Shan Brazil - Zu Lai Temple

Estrada Fernando Nobre 1461, Cotia, State of Sao Paulo 06705-490, Brazil +55 11 3500-3600
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Fo Guang Shan Brazil - Zu Lai Temple

The Zu Lai Temple is one of many temples of Fo Guang Shan Monastery around the world. It has its roots in the Mahayana's Buddhism, a tradition that emphasizes that the Buddhahood is within the reach of all. Its practitioners strive to apply the teachings of the Buddha in daily life, hence the term Humanist Buddhism. Its purpose is to propagate the principles of the Fo Guang Shan Monastery by spreading the benefit of Buddhism to all through four important content: Education, Culture, Social Action and Religious Practice.

Reviewed By Eikg - São Paulo

It´s a beautiful temple, almost everything came from China.
On weekend there are buddhist´s ceremony , vegetarian lunch and some classes ( meditation, tai chi and kung fu).
There is a carp lake , Buddha statue´s and lots of cherry trees, I guess in 10 to 15 day the cherry is going be full bloom.
You can find peace there.
And if you have kids there are a small playground with a giant painted mural of Buddha besides.
The cafeteria offer bread and vegetarian snacks.
There are some different teas , as lichia or berry.

4. Parque do Lago Francisco Rizzo

Rua Alberto Giosa 320 | Quinhaú, Embu das Artes, State of Sao Paulo 06803-280, Brazil (11) 4781-4953
Excellent
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4 based on 198 reviews

Parque do Lago Francisco Rizzo

Daily 8am-8pm

Reviewed By Scan-Suisse - Sao Paulo, SP

A must for someone who like to go hiking or running in beautifull green surroundings near the city center. Parking, Coffeshop and toilet in the park

5. Na Montanha

Estrada Joao Rodrigues de Moraes 1086, Itapecerica da Serra, State of Sao Paulo 06860-400, Brazil +55 (11)4667-2235
Excellent
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4 based on 14 reviews

Na Montanha

Reviewed By Rosely62 - Itapecerica da Serra, SP

Todos os eventos realizados por eles foram muito agradáveis. Ambiente lindo. Aos sábados tem noites sertanejas, um público na maioria jovem e animado. Bom para marcar eventos variados.

6. Templo Odsal Ling

Rua dos Agrimensores 1461, Cotia, State of Sao Paulo 06715-580, Brazil +55(11)47034099
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4.5 based on 97 reviews

Templo Odsal Ling

Reviewed By Travel_World63 - Sao Paulo, SP

Hidden in the Capuava road in Cotia, this tibetan budhist temple is founded by master Ripoche from an ancient lineage of of budhism. No one suspects that behind walls painted in salmon, it has a well preserved jewel. Colorful and well painted, the building is very unique in terms of architecture and spiritual proposal. All decorated with sacred animals and golden details, the artistic value of the house is amazing. Following the tibetan tradition, the philosophical teaching is transmitted orally, because most manuscripts were written in Sanskrit and Tibetan. The lying down Budha is the first statue to visit, whom represents the reincarnation of sleeping deity in His eternal rest (euphemism of death). The flags spreading fortune, house of lamps and the niches of bell wheel complement the main hall. In this magnificent hall, there is an imponent Budha statue and the tables where the followers meditate and learn the classes from the masters. Downstairs, there is a dining hall and souvenir shop. They serve meals on Sundays upon previous request. The free visits to the temple is guided by students of budhism on weekends. You have to arrive by car (there is a free parking lot) and push the bell to enter. Really a fantastic spiritual retreat for purification of stressful big cities. Good tour for small groups.

7. Museu de Arte Sacra dos Jesuitas

Largo Jesuitas 67 | Centro, Embu das Artes, State of Sao Paulo 06803-360, Brazil (11) 4704-2654
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4 based on 133 reviews

Museu de Arte Sacra dos Jesuitas

Tue-Sun 9am-4.45pm

Reviewed By Nigerdave - Syracuse, New York

This is a beautiful and extraordinary collection of Catholic sacred art. It's not massif or especially extensive but it's the best representation of this type of Brazilian art I believe you can see anywhere. The nativities are the largest and most elaborate anywhere.

8. Memoria History Museum

Praca Professor Porcino Rodrigues s/n | Centro, Itapecerica da Serra, State of Sao Paulo 06850-095, Brazil
Excellent
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4 based on 7 reviews

Memoria History Museum

Reviewed By Netto A - Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil

Para quem não conhece Itapecerica e sua importante história que recomenta ao período colonial, essa é uma oportunidade para revisitar instalações e utensílios dessa época, bem como ver antigas fotografias, se não me falhe a memória, inclusive do ex-presidente Juscelino Kubistcheck.

9. Viela das Lavadeiras

Between Rua Siqueira Campos and Rua Boa Vista, Embu das Artes, State of Sao Paulo 06804-200, Brazil
Excellent
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4.5 based on 50 reviews

Viela das Lavadeiras

Reviewed By TuscanyZANON - Sao Paulo, SP

A Viela "esconde" uma das galerias de arte que mais gosto de visitar quando estou pelo Embu das Artes... é uma passagem muito pitoresca que precisa ser descoberta e experimentada. Um passeio muito agradável.

10. Cia dos Bichos

Estrada de Capuava, 2990, Cotia, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil +55 11 4703-3548
Excellent
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4.5 based on 243 reviews

Cia dos Bichos

Reviewed By PL-R-TL - Sao Paulo, SP

Went with my wife and toddler (1y6m) on May2015. My boy had a wonderful time, went crazy petting and feeding the animals. We grownups also had a good time relaxing and running around after the kid...
We had a very tasty homemade meal at the restaurant, and all the employees were extremely helpful. Also, I found it fantastic the fact that they did not let any of the children (or adults) mistreat the animals in any way.
Highly recommend for families wanting to spend a nice day outdoors.
Total cost for my family, with meal, but without buying anything at the shop: around USD70,00 (R$200,00).

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