How do I get from São Paulo to Ubatuba/Paraty by car?
In São Paulo take the Marginal Tietê, the ring road around the north of the city following the course of the Tietê river. At the end of the Marginal Tietê, continue in the rodovia Ayrton Senna (SP-070). Althought there are signs showing the way, pay particular attention, it’s easy to take the wrong road. If you follow the signs for the airport (Guarulhos) you will end up in the rodovia Ayrton Senna.
After an hour and half’s drive the motorway changes name from Ayrton Senna to rodovia Carvalho Pinto (it’s till the same SP-070). On the Senna/Carvalho Pinto you will pass two toll barriers.
When you get to São José dos Campos, leave the Carvalho Pinto following the directions to Caraguatatuba. The road that goes to Caraguatuba is called rodovia dos Tamoios (SP-099). After an hour’s drive, the road descends until reaching sea level. The stretch of road going down the mountain is absolutely spectacular.
When you reach Caraguatatuba, follow the directions for Ubatuba. Once you leave Caraguatatuba, you will be on the Rio-Santos road (SP-055), that will take you to Ubatuba, first, and an hour later, to Paraty.
Attention! Plenty of speed traps on the Ayrton Senna/Carvalho Pinto motorway, on the rodovia dos Tamoios and in Caraguatatuba as well.
The Rio-Santos road is one of the most scenic routes in Brazil. Enjoy it!
I’ve created a road map using MyMaps! (in Spanish and English). It contains specific instructions on the trickiest parts of the trip. You can check it out here.
SEE ALSO: Hotels and pousadas in Ubatuba
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