Sightseeing around Botucatu

Sightseeing around Botucatu

Botucatu History

The name Botucatu derives from "Ibytu - katu", which can be translated from Tupi as "good air". This name was given to the lands in 1720. The earliest mysteries about Botucatu are dating from the Pre-Cabralian period, when it had been along the legendary trail to Peabiru, which connected the Atlantic coast with the Peruvian lands. The first settlements began between Lavapés and Praça Coronel Moura, where the tribe of the Caiuás Indians was located.

The first signs of growth came in 1830 when farmers decided to climb the cuesta and to populate the uninhabited land. The date of the historical foundation of Botucatu is on December 23rd, 1843 - the day when Captain José Gomes Pinheiro Vellozo led the donation of the land for the creation of the Heritage Town of SantAnna Botucatu. Botucatu reached political and administrative emancipation in 1855 and the district of Botucatu was created 11 years thereafter, in 1866. As of 1876, Botucatu changed its status from a village to a city. The cities location is 224.8 km from the capital of São Paulo and directly connected through the Marechal Rondon highway.
Botucatu occupies an area of ​​1,486.4 km2 and represents ¼ of the territorial extension of the state of São Paulo today. It still is known for its excellent and mild climate with a temperature mean of 22o Celsius - just as its original name suggests. This extraorinary climate originates from the surrounding lands of the Cuesta. Botucatu's altitude is between 756 m in the lowlands up to 920 m above seal level in the Morro Rubião Junior, its highest point.

Tourist Attractions 

The Cuestra

The BundThe astonishing lands of the Cuestra are surrounding the city of Botucatu and are the reason for the exceptionally mild climate, which the entire area is well known for.


Voi da Nova Waterfalls

People SquareThe Voi da Nova Waterfalls are located amidst the lands of the Cuestra and are an astonishing piece of nature. The playful and cool waters take a deep dip into a basin and are a wonderful site to enjoy the true nature of the land.



Museo do Cafe

Yu GardenThe Museo do Cafe - Coffee Museum - shows the history and culture of coffee growth around Botucatu. It features many antiques and offers the visitor a thorough understanding of the importance of coffee and the coffee trade to Brazil in history and also today.