São Luiz do Paraitinga
|Location:||23.22/23°13'18" S, 45.305/45°18'26" W|
Coordinates: São Luiz do Paraitinga (first part, Portuguese for Saint Louis, last part Tupi clear water) is a municipality (município) in the eastern part of the state of São Paulo in Brazil. The population in 2004 was 10,689, the density was 17.28/km² and the area is 618.62 km². The elevation is 730 m. This place name Paraitinga comes from the Tupi language (Parahytinga) meaning clear water).
The superhighway linking the cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro is near this municipality. The southern part of the municipality are heavily forested and are part of the Serra do Mar mountain range. The rest of the area are farmlands and the northern part are hilly and mountainous.
The city was founded in 1769 and became a municipality in 1773. It became a city in 1875. The city became a touristic area by the municipality (State Law # 11,197 of July 5, 2002).
On January 1, 2010, the Paraitinga river (Rio Paraitinga) flooded much of the lower elevation areas of the town. Numerous historical buildings were destroyed with many more damaged and which may be unsalvageable. The church in the central square collapsed during the flood. It had been built in the early nineteenth century and served as the symbol of São Luíz do Paraitinga. The church's destruction, as well as the flooding, was recorded by several people.
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- (Portuguese) http://www.saoluizdoparaitinga.sp.gov.br
- (Portuguese) citybrazil.com.br
- (Portuguese) São Luiz do Paraitinga on Explorevale
|Northwest: Taubaté||North: Lagoinha||Northeast: Cunha|
|West: Redenção da Serra||São Luiz do Paraitinga||East: Cunha and Ubatuba|
|Southwest: Natividade da Serra||South: Natividade da Serra and Ubatuba||Southeast: Ubatuba|
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