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Cunha is a historic city in the state of São Paulo.


Lavender plantation

Cunha is a small town near the border with the state of Rio de Janeiro. It's known for the lavender production, its views of the mountain range and its amazing waterfalls.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

By bus[edit]

Local intermunicipal or interstate buses come only as close as Guaratinguetá. From there, there is only one bus line servicing Cunha, run by Viação São José. Check the schedules in advance to avoid a long wait in Guaratinguetá.

Get around[edit]

On foot, preferably.


The main church in Cunha
  • Desterro Waterfall (Cachoeira do Desterro).
  • Pedra da Macela. From this peak, you can see the entire bay from Angra dos Reis to Paraty.
  • Pepper Waterfall (Cachoeira do Pimenta) (on the Monjolo highway).
  • Serra do Mar State Park. A mountain range park.



  • Local ceramics.



  • Cervejaria Teixeira.



Go next[edit]

Hostels and private rooms are available in:

in the south-east:[edit]

  • Paraty – 50 km. A fully-conserved 18th-century colonial town by the ocean, hidden by tall jungle-covered mountains which used to be a hideout for pirates after the Portuguese ships; a must-see for people interested in history and culture; also good for rainforest hiking and kayaking.
  • Trindade – 70 km. Popular beach in an old village. You can do surfing, hiking, swimming in natural pools, visiting waterfalls or just relaxing on one of the many beaches. Buses depart once per hour at around 45 after the hour.

in the north-west:[edit]

  • Aparecida – 50 km. It's the most popular religious pilgrimage site in Latin America. Pilgrims come to visit the Basilica containing the statue of Our Lady of Aparecida. Other attractions are a theme park, aquarium and museums. From Aparecida to Santo Antônio do Pinhal.

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